Editorial Board

Documents in the South Asia Archive have been selected from the contents of the SARF collection by a team of expert editors with specialist subject knowledge. By digitizing this content, the South Asia Archive project seeks to disseminate and make available a whole corpus of source material that will expand the spectrum of South Asian studies and promote the formulation of innovative new research projects.

Editors in Chief

  • Professor Boria Majumdar, University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Dr. Sharmistha Gooptu, South Asia Research Foundation

Advisory Editor

  • Dr. Kausik Bandyopadhyay, West Bengal State University, Barasat

The South Asia Research Foundation

The content of the South Asia Archive was sourced from a large collection of scholarly material held by the South Asia Research Foundation (SARF).

The South Asia Research Foundation is a Calcutta-based, not-for-profit organization founded by Dr Sharmistha Gooptu, Mr Manoj Joshi, Mrs Sriranjani Joshi and Professor Boria Majumdar. The South Asia Research Foundation has built an extensive collection of printed historical materials through the acquisition of private collections and the purchase of individual pieces. The South Asia Archive represents the digitization of a large part of this material, helping to ensure its availability on a global scale.

The digitization of the original documents is non-destructive, and damaged pieces are restored as part of the digitization process before they are sent to storage. This digitization process enhances their usefulness in terms of portability, and also assures the conservation of this historically important material.

SARF Editorial Board Members:

  • Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago
  • David Washbrook, University of Cambridge
  • Robin Jeffrey, National University of Singapore
  • Nalin Mehta, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • William Mazzarella, University of Chicago
  • Gillian Evison, University of Oxford

This new resource will make millions of pages of valuable primary source material available to people across the world.

Libraries do not often have access to material as extensive and as varied as that in the South Asia Archive.

The South Asia Archive will provide unique ways of bringing South Asian history and culture into the lecture and seminar space.

The Archive is going to be useful to people working in any field of South Asian history.

Dr John Zavos

Senior Lecturer in South Asian Studies, University of Manchester, UK,

Professor Boria Majumdar


Dr John Zavos

Senior Lecturer in South Asian Studies, University of Manchester, UK,

Dr Sharmistha Gooptu


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