About the Project

The history of the South Asian independence movement involved millions of people, directly, as witnesses, or indeed as conveyors of valuable first-hand accounts.  We ask you to share with us these crucial reflections of individuals along with any memorabilia you might possess relating to these times.  These human insights can  bring to life the published record of documents and books on the era.

The South Asian Studies Council (SASC) of the MacMillan Center for International And Area Studies at Yale has launched the SAIM research project to preserve the broadest historical record of the independence struggle in colonial South Asia involving people in today’s nations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Professor Phyllis Granoff, Lex Hixon Professor of World Religions and Chair of the South Asian Studies Council has established a committee to provide academic oversight  for the  project. The committee consists of Nayan Chanda, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; Richard Richie, South and Southeast Asian Collection, Sterling Memorial Library; Nancy Ruther, Associate Director of the MacMillan Center; and Dr. Pravin N. Bhatt, South Asian Studies Council.