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History of the SASNET network 2001-2016, in SÜDASIEN

In its 2021 No.1 issue, the eminent German magazine SÜDASIEN published an article on the History of SASNET, written by me (Lars Eklund), but translated into German language. The title is ”SASNET auf Abwegen. Bilanz eines schwedischen Südasien-Netzwerks” (SASNET gone astray. A balance sheet of a Swedish South Asia network).
Go for the article.
In the previous issue of SÜDASIEN, No. 4/2020, a presentation of the Swedish magazine SYDASIEN was given by the editors Johan Mikaelsson and Henrik Schedin. The magazine for which I was the editor in chief during the period 1982 til 2007 is now again a vibrant print magazine. Go for the text.

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Through frequent travelling, Lars Eklund  built up a strong network of researchers working on South Asia related issues at Swedish universities, and their academic collaboration partners in South Asia.

He is a journalist with strong South Asia connections, both professionally and personally – being married to an Indian/Bengali wife and involved in many cultural activies focusing on South Asia.
From 1982 till 2007 he was the editor-in-chief of SYDASIEN (South Asia – Political and Cultural Magazine), besides working as reporter cum sub-editor for daily newspapers in different parts of Sweden.

Lars was the deputy director for the Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) from it was launched in January 2001 till he retired in December 2016. Read his SASNET History 2000-2016 document, published in October 2020.

Between 2014 and 2019, Lars was the treasurer for the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS).

It should also be mentioned that Lars has travelled extensively to most parts of Asia since the early 1970s, and has visited all the eight South Asian nations on SASNET contact missions. His extramural activities include lecturing on Indian society, history, culture and religion.

Together with his wife Bubu, he organises cultural seminar programmes on the Nobel Laurate Rabindranath Tagore, and since 2012 they run a singing choir with mostly Swedish people performing Rabindranath’s songs in original Bengali language.

Biography from 2003 (the
first 50 years of my life!): http://www.larseklund.in/larseklundlife.html

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