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.
Since 2014, Lars is also a member of the board for the Europan 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.
NSAN is a follow-up to the ”old” SASNET web site that Lund University closed down in April 2016.
The NSAN site was however infected by virus and was destroyed in the summer 2018. We are now working to revive some of the content