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The Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, Inc.

The Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project aims to preserve the heretofore unknown history of the Indian Subcontinent using a wide variety of mediums and methods.

aka The ISPaD Project; ISPaD

Jamaica, NY

Mission

This portal attempts to estimate the number of casualties and refugees as well as engage in edification of all is our Mission: the ethnic cleansing of non-Muslims, attack on places of worship (mandirs, churches, and temples), homes and livelihood, and confiscation of their homesteads through the Enemy Property Act by declaring non-Muslims as Enemies of State, continued unabated since the days of Noakhali Danga pogrom. Even during the rule of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, known as the Father of the Bengali Nation, security for lives of minority populations did not return. Shiekh Rahman compromised with intolerant, anti-secular groups by simply renaming the inhumane and unjust Enemy Property Act as the Vested Property Act. The history of Partition cannot remain unbeknownst to a majority of humanity

Ruling Year

2009

Board of Trustees Chairperson; Co-Founder; Executive Director

Dr. Sachi Ghosh Dastidar

Main Address

85-60 Parsons Blvd. Ground Floor

Jamaica, NY 11432 USA

Keywords

ISPaD, nonprofit, Indian, Subcontinent, Partition, Documentation, Project, interview, narrative, library, collection, museum, bengalpartitionvictim, ispad1947, SUNY, State University of New York, Old Westbury, Partition Studies Conference, Sachi, Shefali, Shuvo, Ghosh, Dastidar, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, 1947, 1971, Srikant, Mookerjee, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Muslim, Bengali, Bengal, Bangla, genocide, torture, rape, Jamaica, New York, 11432, 85-60 Parsons Blvd

EIN

26-4377317

 Number

6193639377

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

Social Science Research Institutes, Services N.E.C. (V99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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What we aim to solve

This portal attempts to estimate the number of casualties and refugees in order to answer the question of our Mission. It is worth mentioning that the ethnic cleansing of non-Muslims, attack on places of worship (mandirs, churches, and temples), homes and livelihood, and confiscation of their homesteads through the Enemy Property Act by declaring non-Muslims as Enemies of State, continued unabated since the days of Noakhali Danga pogrom. Even during the rule of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1971-1975), known as the Father of the Bengali Nation, complete security for lives of minority populations did not return. Shiekh Mujibur Rahman compromised with intolerant, anti-secular groups by keeping the inhumane and unjust Enemy Property Act active with a different name — Vested Property Act. History of the atrocities of Partition remains unbeknownst to a majority of humanity, as does the reality of such acts that continue on through today.

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The Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation (ISPaD) Project, Inc.

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Our Results

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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The Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project aims to preserve the heretofore unknown history of the Partition of the Indian Subcontinent. In Bengal, as in much of the Indian Subcontinent, there is a taboo in discussing the plight of minorities and researching the whereabouts of the missing population of minorities. The ISPaD Project attempts to break that taboo and tries to estimate the status of minorities in Bangladesh – the East Bengal of the erstwhile Bengal Province of British-ruled-India AND to answer the all too frequently asked question: Where have my people gone?

The Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project (ISPaD) invites you to send articles, essays, poems, short stories, photographs or documents for the 2019 issue of the Journal. We plan to release the journal during the October 2019 Partition Center Conference. Our past journals contained articles from/on the U.S., India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Palestine-Israel, Poland and Korea of diverse topics from wide geographical areas. Papers could cover such areas as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh partitions; Its consequences; Effects of partition on current socio-politics; Partitions of Bengal, Punjab, Kashmir and Assam; Partition studies; India, Pakistan and Bangladesh independence; partition and/or division of population from Ireland to Cyprus, from the Balkans to Sahel, to Palestine, Mideast, the former Soviet Union, Korea and Africa; Reconciliation and forgiveness; Unity; Identity; History; Colonial borders; Narratives of refugees, survivors and protectors; First person account; Division’s long-term effects; Minority issues in divided lands; Effects of displaced peoples on host population; Indigenous peoples, their language, culture and religion; Refugee politics; Longing for home; Nationalism; Extremism; Role of Religion; Tolerance and intolerance; Music, literature and art influencing politics. (We prefer unpublished materials, however, if you have something already published and wants us to consider republication of that, please send us a copy indicating where and when it was published.) All papers and essays must be written double spaced with end-notes and a bibliography following a standard format. It should not exceed 1,800 words; and sent to us by June 1, 2019. Papers and documents should be sent to ispad1947@gmail.com as attachment to Sachi G. Dastidar, Ph.D. Chair, ISPaD, and Partition Center Journal Committee; (Distinguished Service Professor, Politics, Economics & Law Department, State University of New York, Old Westbury, NY; DastidarS@oldwestbury.edu). Editorial Committee: Dr. Alireza Ebrahimi, Dr. Edislav Manetovic, Dr. Saradindu Mukherji, Dr. Caroline Sawyer, and Dr. Mohsin Siddique.

1. Documentation of the history of Indian Partition. 2. Documentation of the present-day effects of Indian partition. 3. Maintenance of the group website - http://www.ispad1947.org/ 4. Coordination and planning of an Annual Partition Studies Conference. 5. Recording and maintaining a public, web based library on YouTube of interviews of Partition survivors.

Progress is difficult to determine as an accurate gauge would be in the minds of the public, worldwide. What can be measured is an influx of donations (monetary & research based) as well as visits to The ISPaD Project (be it web based &/or in person).

In our interviews, the interviewees are primarily speaking of how they endured Partition itself and how they have come to live on after it. If you look through our links, we do offer many links from throughout the Indian Subcontinent to the aftermath & effects of Partition. If there is something specific you are interested in, feel free to e-mail ispad1947@gmail.com. Good luck with your reasearch!

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff, our board.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, it is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, it is difficult to get honest feedback from our clients, in some instances, there is a language barrier..
What significant change resulted from feedback
"Finding" more people to interview for the documentation project as well as more people who might have memorabilia from Partition-era that would be preserved in our museum.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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No

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Leadership

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Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
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Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
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Equity Strategies

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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.