Democracy & ConflictSince independence, the Indian State and society has constantly been challenged by forces of fundamentalism, violence, conflict and terror. In recent years, this development has exacerbated and undermined the process of democratization and further strengthened extremist voices within and outside the government, with varying implications for India’s diverse population. Appropriately, India’s religious, linguistic, cultural, social, economic and regional diversity provides the setting for a complex political landscape.
Given this background, the Foundation seeks to probe the inter-linkages between secularism, gender equality, human rights, peace and democracy in India in order to foster dialogue across conflict faultlines; and hence, to examine and re-validate the values of diversity and peaceful coexistence. The basic aim is to register the role of dialogue, cooperation and coexistence as indispensable instruments in resolving various conflicts and strengthening democracy in India.
The key programmatic areas include:
- To promote social harmony among conflict affected religious groups in India
- To promote peaceful coexistence between conflict affected ethnic communities in Northeast India
- To contribute to the political debates at the national level to ensure, as much as possible, that it reflects comprehensively new perspectives and assessments of the ground realities of the Northeast region
- To support exile Tibetan CSOs to effectively foster non-violent conflict resolution amongst the exile Tibetan community, newly arrived Tibetans and the host Indian community
Secularism & Inter Religious Harmony
Secular Perspective, October 16-31, 2011
Governance and Politics in Northeast India
North East India Women Initiative for Peace
- CAFI Newsletter - September 2012 Edition
- CAFI Newsletter - October 2012 Edition
- CAFI Newsletter - November 2012 Edition
Seeking Our Collective Peace: The Northeast India Diaspora Looks into Solutions for Peace and Development in the Region- July 3, 2012 -
This panel wants to analyze the state of the Northeast Indian Diaspora within and outside India and create a platform for them so that they can have a greater engagement within the peace process in the Northeastern region.more»
Research and Policy Brief
Modernity predicted that religion would retreat into a private zone of worship and practice. However, recent decades have seen religion become increasingly salient on the political stage worldwide. This politicized religion impinges on women’s rights in problematic ways.more»
Domestic Political Trends
Naxalism: The Maoist Conflict
The Naxalite armed movement challenges the Indian state since more than 40 years. It is based on Maoist ideology and gains its strength through mobilizing the poor, underprivileged, discouraged and marginalized, especially in rural India.