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South Asian Studies: Primary Sources

Resources for your research on South Asia

Government Documents & Databases


Empire Online digital resource for colonial history, politics, culture and society, including South Asia.

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980

Daily Report: Foreign Broadcast Service, US

India Raj and Empire contains primary source documents from the East India Company when they controlled India.


Official Publications of India

Colonial Documents of India 


UN Official Documents

Republic of Afghanistan Department of Justice Documents


Legal Resources

South Asian Legal History Resources from the University of Wisconsin

State Department Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

The Law Library of Congress section also has information on the laws, constitution and government structure of each country.

The World Justice Project tracks the rule of law in each country.

Journals: Asian Yearbook of international law 

Asian-Pacific Law journal

India Law Journal 

Legal and Taxation information from Manupatra

Legal News from Manupatra


Laws of South Asia

Laws of South Asia:

Laws and Regulations of Afghanistan

Bangladesh Case law Database

Law and Justice Division of the Bangladeshi government

Translations of Bangladeshi law into English

Bhutan National Legal Institute: has a lot of legal resources on Bhutan

AdvocateKhoj is a legal resource for people in India.

India Code: Complete legal code of India

Indian Parliament

Searching for decisions in India

Myanmar Laws

Legal Research of Nepal

Constitution and Laws of Nepal

Pakistan Primary Sources of Law: has information relating to a lot of different resources, from the Pakistani Legal code to their Supreme Court Decisions.

Data and Maps and other sources

Indiastat: Indian statistical database

Maps of South Asia

Mithila Art - during COVID-19




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