These three collections consist of the British Government’s files on the countries of South Asia from shortly before Indian partition and independence up to 1980.
Nature of the material
- Diplomatic dispatches
- Newspaper cuttings
- Minutes of meetings
- Political, economic and military analyses
- Statistical tables
Scope of the collection
This collection covers the years from 1947 to 1980, encompassing files on all the countries of South Asia: principally India and Pakistan, but also Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ceylon/Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and the Maldives.
The collection is split into three, chronologically based parts:
- Section I: Independence, Partition and the Nehru Era, 1947-64
- Section II: South Asian Conflicts and Independence for Bangladesh, 1965-71
- Section III: Afghanistan and the Cold War, Emergency Rule in India, and the Resumption of Civilian Rule in Pakistan, 1972-80
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