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The South Asian Newspapers collection chronicles the turbulent period of British colonial rule, as well as contemporary perspectives on independence movements, early statehood and the extensive economic and social growth taking place in the region post-independence. The collection covers several countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan), India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and features multiple languages such as Bengali, Dari, English, Marathi and Nepali.

With reportage dating as far back as the 1850s, the South Asian Newspapers collection provides a wealth of coverage and perspectives on major regional and global events of the 19th and 20th centuries. Titles included in the collection are:

  • Lahore Chronicle (Lahore, 1850-1868)
  • Ceylon Times (Colombo, 1870-1874)
  • Times of Ceylon (Colombo, 1901-1952)
  • Dnyānaprakāśa (ज्ञानप्रकाश) (Pune, 1914-1938)
  • Ceylon Daily News (Colombo, 1941-1950)
  • Pakistan Observer (Dhaka, 1962-1971)
  • Kerala chronicle (Thrissur, 1962-1963)
  • Dainika Basumatī (দৈনিক বসুতী) (Kolkata, 1962-1992)
  • Malabar Herald (Kochi, 1962-1975)
  • Eastern Examiner (Chittagong, 1962-1973)
  • Daily Business Post (Karachi, 1963-1973)
  • Samaja (Lalitpur, 1976-1983)

Open access to the South Asian Newspapers collection is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and its member institutions. Read more about the Global Press Archive and the dedicated support it contributes to Area Studies and advancement of Digital Humanities.



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Asian Studies; Hindi-Urdu; South Asian Languages

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