Contemporary South Asia


Apurba Kundu, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

Gowher Rizvi, 5/1 Shanti Niketan, New Delhi, India


Bob Currie, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

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' Books Received'


Navnita Behera-Chadha, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India

Taj ul-Islam Hashmi, Independent University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

M. Humayun Kabir, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Sridhar K. Khatri, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal


Contemporary South Asia and the British Association of South Asian Studies wish to invite submissions for THE 1999 CSA-BASAS PRIZE FOR YOUNG SCHOLARS.

The region of South Asia—comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka—is home to one-quarter of the earth’s population and some of its poorest states. Yet South Asia also contains the world’s most populous democracy, launches indigenously produced satellites into space, and includes the sixth and seventh declared nuclear weapons states. One of humanity’s earliest civilisations is found in Mohenjo Daro and Harappa, and the region has spawned the great world religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism. Most of the world’s Muslims are also located here.

The unique art, music, film and dance of South Asia have been long renowned, and the contribution to post-war world literature increases with each passing year. The region also has a long history of emigration, and its immigrants and their descendants who comprise the South Asian Diaspora play an ever-increasing role in the political, cultural and socio-economic life of many Western states.

Unfortunately, examinations of South Asia’s diversity have all too often been limited by the national borders of its nation-states. Contemporary South Asia seeks to remedy this by presenting research and analysis on contemporary issues affecting the region as a whole. It seeks to cultivate an awareness that South Asia is more than a sum of its parts—a fact of great importance not only to the states and peoples of the region, but to the world as a whole—and to address the major issues facing South Asia from a regional and interdisciplinary perspective.

The overriding purpose of the journal is to encourage scholars to search for means, both theoretical and practical, by which our understanding of the present problems of co-operation and confrontation in the region, amongst its diaspora, and within the global context can be enhanced. Contemporary South Asia also includes a comprehensive book review section as well as an occasional ‘Viewpoints’ series of non-academic opinion on current regional issues.

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