April 2010 Archives

Documents on Helmand Valley, Afghanistan

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The Helmand Valley is the site of current US military operations, but it has been on the map of US analysts for some time. Richard Scott, a retired USAID analyst, has produced an interesting website on Helmand from his archives. The site contains many primary documents of interest dating back to the 1950s. These documents can help to produce a more rich and complex understanding of the region, people, and economy of Helmand, and their location with respect to US interests.

Click here to access Scott's Helmand Valley Archives homepage
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Ames Library Audiobooks

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Ames Library has begun to add a few audiobooks from India. You can find them by clicking here.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. David Faust

Dissertation into book workshop

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Several South Asia scholarly institutes will be holding the second dissertation into book workshop at the Madison South Asia conference in October. This is an excellent opportunity for recent PhDs. Applications to participate are due by June 15, 2010.

Click here for details

AIIS book prize competition for 2010

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The American Institute of Indian Studies has announced its book prize competition for 2010.

Click here for details

UN Benazir Bhutto Assassination Report

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The United Nations Commission of Inquiry into the facts and circumstances of the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto has published its report.

Click here for the UN News Centre on the report.

Click here for the report in .pdf format from the UN Website.

There is an explosion of new resources being offered online. A notable resource from Germany is SavifaDok, the Open Access document server of Savifa - the Virtual Library South Asia, is an electronic platform for publishing and archiving academic literature in the field of South Asian studies. You can find a variety full text materials historical books and journals. Noteworthy are the 19th an early 20th century journals in a few of the Indian vernaculars.

SavifaDok homepage

News from the American Institute of Indian Studies

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I recently attended the annual board meeting of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Trustees on behalf of the U of MN. I would like to highlight two things for India scholars:

Travel to India: Because of security concerns, the Government of India has been tightening up on visa requirements and violations. If you or any of your students are planning to travel to India, make sure that you do so using the correct visa (i.e. student visa, research visa, conference visa, etc.) and not on a tourist visa. Otherwise you may be sorry. Also note that if you enter India on a Tourist Visa and then leave the country, you will not be allowed back until 60 days have passed (with some exceptions). You can find out more at the Indian Consulate (http://chicago.indianconsulate.com/) and the Indian Visa Center (https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/).

AIIS Website: The AIIS has put up a nice new website (http://www.indiastudies.org/) that has information on the Institution itself and on


  • Research fellowships (junior-for grad students, senior-for Ph.D. holders, and special fellowships for performing and creative artists),

  • Language programs (11 languages offered regularly with possibilities for 6 others),

  • Assistance for international learning

  • Gifts: AIIS is also fundraising, and there is a link to make a gift. If you would like to suggest possible donors, you could also submit their information.

  • And, as they say, much, much more.

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - April 2010

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Below you can read a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in March 2010. Or click here to download a copy.

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