Trial until 20 March: South Asian Newspapers : Historical newspapers from South Asia

Colleagues have arranged trial access to Readex’s South Asian Newspapers : Historical newspapers from South Asia.

This resource provides online access to a select group of South Asian newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The majority of the newspapers are from India with one from Pakistan and one from Sri Lanka. The titles include:

  • Amrita Bazar Patrika (Calcutta) 1895-1922
  • Bankura Darpana (Bankura, India) 1903-1908
  • Madras Mail (Madras) 1868-1889
  • Kayasare Hinda (Bombay) 1882-1922
  • Pioneer (Allahabad, India)1865-1903
  • Tribune (Lahore, Pakistan) 1881-1922
  • Ceylon Observer (Sri Lanka) 1864-1922

This resource can be accessed via SOLO and Databases A-Z.

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Trial until 1 Dec: Foreign Office files on India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980

I am pleased to announce that Oxford is running a trial of Foreign Office files on India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980. Access is via SOLO or OxLIP+.

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

  • Reports
  • Diplomatic dispatches
  • Correspondence
  • Newspaper cuttings
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • 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


The trial ends on 1 December. Please send feedback to