Contemporary South Asia Essay

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 Asiacomprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lankais home to one-quarter of the earths population and some of its poorest states. Yet South Asia also contains the worlds most populous democracy, launches indigenously produced satellites into space, and includes the sixth and seventh declared nuclear weapons states.

One of humanitys 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 worlds 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.

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Unfortunately, examinations of South Asias 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 partsa fact of great importance not only to the states and peoples of the region, but to the world as a wholeand 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.