This book is an important academic intervention. It unpacks the political complexities associated with the much debatable refugee status of Rohingya community in South Asia. The vast empirical data/information is systematically organized to evolve an innovating theoretical framework. As a result, one finds an interesting sequence that links different individual essays to produce a highly engaging intellectual commentary on complex ideas such as nationalism and citizenship.
Chowdhory and Mohanty’s introductory chapter pays close attention to the idea of statelessness. They underline the strengths and limitations of various theoretical explanations to rework on a revised formulation. The question of stateless, in this sense, is explored through a revised framework of citizenship and rights. They strongly argue that protecting the rights of the citizen is ‘constitutional and the moral obligation of the political communities: of the state, individuals and civil society’ (p. 4). In this context, non-citizens are understood as ‘the ramification and product of state borders and attempts to make claims on the basis of de-territorialized identities’ (p. 16).