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SAI Annual Publications

TechSA coverTechnology and South Asia

Released January 2016

The evolution of technology in South Asia has been a complex one and has met with resistance, but today we primarily think of technology in the region in two ways: first, that South Asians are gradually taking on leadership positions at global technological giants like Apple, Microsoft, and Google; and, second, that South Asia sits as a hotbed for the rapid proliferation of, and market for, electronic technology. The last twenty years have seen unprecedented technological developments in various sectors such as communication and information, manufacturing, transportation, defense, and space exploration. This publication, Technology & South Asia, invites the reader to think of technology within the context of its cultural, sociological, and political fields of application in South Asia.

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The City and South Asia 

Released January 2015

Cities in South Asia challenge our very understanding of urban area. Space making, mobility, densification, urban migration, and identity formation are a few among a number of the salient issues arising from these cities. Experts from a variety of fields have come together in these pages to hold up a cross-disciplinary lens to the paradoxes endemic to urban centers in South Asia; they delineate questions that may remain unanswered but are necessary to frame: How does the beautification of Colombo ignite a contest of religious identities? How is it that an urban ritual transforms Calcutta into a magical city of dreams, but only for five days each year?

We hope this volume not only sheds light on planning and architecture, and other existing elements of urban development, but also provides a sense of the new forms of urbanism emerging in contemporary South Asia.

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“Floating on Waste Islands” with Krishna Matturi

“The Season of Migration in the City” with Namita Dharia


Health and South Asia

Released January 2014

South Asia is both the place where some of the most acute health problems are aggregated, as well as the place where some of the most innovative solutions, for both the region and the world, can be found. With all this in mind, we chose health as the topic for our inaugural publication.

In this publication, you will see a range of professional and disciplinary perspectives, from Harvard and outside Harvard. Lawyers and physicians, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, policy-advocates and journalists, scientists and designers, epidemiologists and graphic novelists, economists and Open Access advocates, come together to present a rich array of solutions to health challenges. The publication is not exhaustive. Instead, we aim to present a wide representation of the important, and occasionally surprising ways, in which people find solutions to public health problems in South Asia.

It is our hope that you will read these essays actively, and we encourage you to share the digital version of the publication widely.


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