SDS – South Asian DiasporaS

TAS Research on Relevant South Asian Writers

Collection of biographies, reviews, interviews, criticism on South Asian writers

Area Studies and General Reference


Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh
an intellectual output of over 1200 scholars, is so far the most comprehensive reference work on Bangladesh from high ancient period to date. (website)

Wolpert, Stanley. Encyclopedia of India. 4 Vols. Detroit: Gale, 2006. scribd.
Vol 1: A-DVol 2: E-JVol 3: K-RVol 4: S-Z

Area Studies

Manas: India and its Neighbors
website of UCLA professor Vinay Lal. It offers a comprehensive and well written introduction to key aspects of Indian history, politics and culture.

Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, ed. “Dossier Indien.” Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, 2007

Tourism: Official Websites
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation
Incredible India
Pakistan Tourism
Sri Lanka Tourism

Teaching Materials

Project South Asia – A Digital Library of Teaching Resources about South Asia
Collects documents (categorized) and images on South Asia, as well as syllabi from American colleges.
Website also offer free access to Teaching South Asia. An Internet Journal of Pedagogy


Maps of South Asia: an Organized Collection
Collection of links to historical maps of South Asia. Edited by Frances Pritchett (U of Columbia)

Meyer, William Stevenson, Sir, 1860-1922, et al. Imperial gazetteer of India, Atlas. 1909 edition. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909.

Schwartzberg, Joseph E. A Historical Atlas of South Asia. 2nd impression, with additional material. New York ; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.


South Asia

University of California eBook Collection:
Subject: Asian History

Internet Indian History Sourcebook (Paul Halsall, Fordham University)
Extensive list of links that collects a wealth of primary documents from the Indus Valley Civilization to the RAJ and contemporary India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma. There is also commented list of other websites dealing with Indian history and issues such as sexuality and gender.


PBS/BBC The Story of India
Concise information on Indian history, well illustrated with a timeline. Bibliographies for further reading.
Site also contains teaching material and outlines for lessons on Indian history and culture
Several episodes of this documentary series are available on google video: Part One /  Part Two / Part Three /… / Part Six

Government of India
Section on Indian history. Also helpful: an extensive list of Indian monuments.

All India Congress Committee
Official website of the Congress party with a detailed account of its history from 1845 – today.

MK Gandhi
Wll structure website with resources on Mahatma Gandhiji, e.g. essays, excerpts from his writings and speeches, information on his philosophy ordered by subject.

Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace. A&E Homevideo, 2005

Gandhi and South Africa
excerpts from the collection of Gandhi’s writings on South Africa. Reddy, E.S., Gopalkrishna Gandhi, eds. Gandhi and South Africa 1914-1948.Ahmendabad: Navajivan publishing House, 1993.

Nonviolence: From Ghandi to Martin Luther King
(26 Lectures) Michael Nagler (Berkeley)

The Nation Within: India at War 1939-45
Lecture by Christopher Bayly (University of Cambridge), Nov. 26, 2003

The Black Hole of Empire
Lecture on the “Black Hole of Calcutta”by Partha Chatterjee (Columbia), Sept 10, 2009.


Story of Pakistan
Content of the website is based on the DvD The Story of Pakistan: A Multimedia Journey (Jin Technologies Private Ltd., 2003). Content also available as audiofile (streaming only).

Conversation with History: Pakistan (UCLA TV, 2008)
Harry Kreisler and Tariq Ali discuss the history of Pakistan and its relationship to the US

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Virtual Library (History Section)
Many articles on the pre-colonial and colonial history of Sri Lanka.

British Empire

BBC British History In-Depth
The British Raj in India 1858-1947 by Dr Chandrika Kaul

Mutiny at the Margins (Edinburgh University)
Website of a 2007-2008 research project on the Indian Mutiny of 1857. Contains an essay on the Mutiny (by Crispin Bates) and related historical documents and images

Clash of the Worlds BBC 2 2007
Part one of the three part documentary on conflicts between the Islamic and Christian powers deals with the mutiny of 1857.

Subaltern Studies

Subaltern Studies
A Bibliography of Articles and Reviews

Diaspora and Migration


Madhavi Kale. “Race and empire:  the case of Indian indentured migration” Empire Online (vpn client necessary)

Coolies: How Britain reinvented Slavery
BBC documentary on the system of indentured labour
youtube links:Part onepart twopart three, part four part five part six

Diaspora Today

Vinyay Lal “Manas: The Indian Diaspora”
Section of the UCLA professor’s website on India

Paul C. Adams and Rina Ghose. “India.Com: The Construction of a Space Between” Progress in Human Geography 27:4 (2003). 414-437.PDF Version

The Diaspora. Symposium on Indian-Americans and the Motherland. The Seminar 538 (June 2004)
special issue of the Indian online journal The Seminar on the Indian diaspora

Raj, Dhooleka Sarhadi. Where Are You From?: Middle-class Migrants in the Modern World. Berkeley University of California Press, 2003. E-Book: NetLibrary (vpn-client necessary)

Further resources on the South Asian diaspora in the following sections:
PCB (Polycultural Britain)
PNA (Polycultural North America)

Regional Conflicts and Terrorism

South Asia

The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies RCSS (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
International research centre. Website contains downloadable essays and books on regional conflicts.

South Asian Para-Military Groups is a critically acclaimed (Forbes Magazine) privately owned company offering in-depth information on issues of global security.

South Asia Terrorism Portal
The website is maintained by the Institute for Conflict Management (Delhi) and offers in-depth research on all aspects of terrorism in the region (Documents, data, portraits of local terror groups…). Also monitors latest events.


Kashmir Virtual Library
Subsection of the South Asia WWW Virtual Library; serves as an annotated current record of electronically distributed sources of information about Kashmir.

University of California
Conflict in Kashmir: selected internet resources

Sri Lanka

BBC Four Documentary: Hotspots: Sri Lanka
Jeremy Monblat (prod., dir.) George Arney (wr.). Hot Sports: Sri Lanka
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Portals for South Asian Studies

The Digital South Asia Library (Centre for Research Libraries, U of Chicago)
The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users.
Contains National Bibliography of Indian Literature (NBIL)

South Asian Diaspora: Bibliographic Guides
Bibliographies for diaspora studies sorted by region and topic.

OLC SSG Südasien
Database which surveys more than 270 journals on South Asia

WWW Virtual Library: Asian Studies
Edited by T. M. Ciolek, Australian National University. Provides an authoritative, continuously updated hypertext guide and access tool to scholarly information resources on the Internet. It deals with the Asian continent as a whole, as well as with individual Asian regions, countries, and territories.

British Library: Asian Studies: Selected Internet Links
The following pages provide links to other institutions in the United Kingdom and overseas with an interest in Asian studies, or associated with the India Office Records. (Website)

SARAI South Asian Resource Access on the Internet
Webportal maintained by the University of Columbia’s South & Southeast Asian Studies.

South Asia Resources
The SATO Project (South Asia through Official Eyes) -Bodleian Library, Oxford- collects sites related to South Asian studies


South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive (SALIDAA)
Archive of images related to South Asian and diasporean culture. ‘Although the archive does not constitute a comprehensive reflection of contemporary South Asian literature and arts in England, many of the individuals and organisations featured have played an important role in the development of the art forms covered in the archive.’ (website)

African and Asian Visual Arts Archive
AVAA had grown to become the most comprehensive slide archive of contemporary visual art by artists of African and Asian descent working in the UK since the post-war period.

Serpentine Gallery “Indian Highway”
Exhibition of contemporary Indian art at the Serpentine Gallery (London) Dec. 2008 – Feb. 2009)
High res. images from the exhibition


Virdi, Jyotika.The Cinematic ImagiNation: Indian Popular Films As Social History. New Brunswick, N.J. Rutgers University Press, 2003. E-Book on NetLibrary (access via vpn-client)

British Film Institute: South Asian Cinema
Website contains many useful sources on the cinema cultures of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and British-Asian work. There is a Guide to South Asian Cinema, interviews, essays and useful links.

British Film Institute. ImagineAsia: South Asian Film and Television(2001)
Extensive commented bibliography on study sources for South Asian film and television.

Satyajit Ray
well made and extensive website on the Indian director

Passages to Bollywood (Universität Wien)
Abstracts of recent publications on Indian cinema, student discussions, news, etc.


Digital Dictionaries of South Asia
English dictionaries of South Asian languages


Collection of biographies, reviews, interviews, criticism on South Asian writers

Primary Sources

South Asian Literature: Some Primary Sources
Selections from classical texts, the great epics, Mughal writing, folktales, travel literature, colonial writing and modern Indian literature. Edited by Frances Pritchett (U of Columbia)

Project South Asia: Documents and Texts
Online anthology of fictional, religious, classical and historical documents and texts relating to South Asia.

Bangladeshi Literature
Wishes to exhibit information about the novels of Bangladesh as detailed as possible. (website)

Indian Literature

Contemporary Indian Literature in English and the Indian Market
Website publishing the completed findings of a collaborative research project by the Open University (UK) and University of Delhi (India).

Sri Lankan Tamil Literature

Karthigesu Sivathamby. “50 Years of Sri Lankan Tamil Literature.” TAMIL CIRCLE. n.d.Tamil Electronic Library

Women’s Writing / Gender

A Celebration of Woman Writers
Portal devoted to woman writers worldwide, collecting information, criticism, as well as out-of-print works. Edited by Mary Mark, maintained by the University of Pennsylvania Libr

This website provides an extensive database of profiles on novelists, poets, academics, journalists, lyricists, playwrights, illustrators, translators, editors, publishers and critics—the household names as well as lesser known voices. Our Editor’s Blog keeps you updated on events and news related to the South Asian women’s literary scene—launches, competitions, festivals, fellowships—while our Reading Room gives you a space to weigh in on the books you love or hate.

Emmanuel S. Nelson “South Asian Literatures: Diaspora” Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Encyclopedia


Fürer-Haimendorf Collection
The SOAS archive of Professor Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf (1909-1995) includes photographs, cine film and written materials. It reflects his fifty years of scholarship and is widely recognised as the world’s most comprehensive study of tribal cultures in South Asia and the Himalaya

Photo Archive of the American Institute of Indian Studies.
The AIIS collection from the Center for Art and Archaeology in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, has over 125,000 photographs in the collection. The images fall into the broad categories of architecture, sculpture, terracotta, painting and numismatics.

Harappa: Glimpses of South Asia before 1947 is a media spigot to South Asia’s past. The objective is archaeological: literally in the case of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, metaphorically in the excavations of early modern media from the Raj period…. The other half of the Website deals with the other end of Indian and Pakistani history, the Raj, through early media – especially photographs and film as well as lithographs, engravings, postcards and other paper ephemra. (website)


Sikhs(Part One) (Part Two)
BBC – Documentary on the history of Sikhism


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