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Indian Politics on the Internet: A Resource Guide

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“Indian Politics on the Internet: A Resource Guide” is from Robert L. Hardgrave, Jr., and Stanley A. Kochanek, India: Government and Politics in a Developing Nation, 6th ed. (Ft. Worth: Harcourt College Publishers, 2000). It was prepared with assistance from Kamal R. Adhikary, ASNIC Coordinator, Center for Asian Studies, and Merry Burlingham, South Asian Librarian, both at the University of Texas at Austin, and is here reproduced with permission from Harcourt College Publishers.

The Internet, opening vast amounts of information and providing immediate access to unfolding events, is increasingly important for research in the study of politics in South Asia. Internet sites supplement traditional “hard copy” sources in a variety of ways, but they also provide bibliographic access to “hard copy” sources. We may now access on-line library catalogues throughout the world, enabling us to locate a book or track down an elusive title or reference. Where once we dug into the volumes of various guides to periodical literature, we may now search for articles published in journals and periodicals by such on-line sources as Public Affairs Information Service International (PAIS International) and Social Sciences Abstracts. These, however, are “proprietory” Internet services, available only through subscribing libraries.

More general on-line bibliographic indices, using key words to zero in on topics relating to Indian politics, remain essential, but the annual Bibliography of Asian Studies, published by the Association for Asian Studies since 1956, is a superb resource for books and scholarly articles on India and is now available on-line in subscribing libraries (URL below).

Major on-line full-text sources for newspaper articles on India and South Asia more generally include LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe, JSTOR, and Dow Jones Interactive, and an increasing number of newspapers, periodicals, and journals throughout the world are on-line with full text. Readers should check with their libraries for availability.

India: Government and Politics in a Developing Nation was first published in 1970. In the first five editions, it included a “Research Guide,” with extensive lists of bibliographies, reference works, journals, newspapers, and political party periodicals. Rapidly changing information technology, the development of the Internet and the World Wide Web, and availability of on-line indices and Internet search engines have enormously expanded research capabilities and access to sources. Thus, Hardgrave and Kochanek, in preparing the sixth edition, decided to provide, in place of the earlier “Research Guide,” a new feature for the text, a guide to Internet sources for the study of Indian politics.



Logo of Bibliography of Asian Studies. On the left is t he logo and on the other side is the words "Bibliography of Asian Studies."

AsiaSource, a major on-line resource from the Asia Society:

Bibliography of Asian Studies:

South Asia Network/SAARC – South Asian Search Engine. Links to hundreds of Indian Web sites:

Hindustan: Search India. Search engine for India on the Web.

South Asian Milan – search engine:

India World: daily news, features, links, and search engine:

Sanam’s: extensive links to Indian newspapers and news groups and links to Indian search engines:

A logo with a combination of Flag of India, India map and the word "India."

ASNIC “India”: Asian Studies Network Information Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Excellent links to major Web sites. See especially “Government and Politics.”

Kennedy School of Government South Asian Caucus (Harvard); data base, links, etc.:

Columbia University, South Asia Resource access on the Internet (SARAI):

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library: Major resource for India links:

India Informatics Centre:

WWW Virtual Library: India:

Logo of India Network. It is bordered with a black-and-white line. Inside the border is a rectangle with three stripes. The middle one is white and the other is dark. An Indian map and word "Indian Network" lies on the center.

India Network:

India on the Net (extensive information and links):

South Asia Resources, University of Virginia network:

Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania:

H-ASIA, Asia-Pacific Network:


Political structure (ASNIC):

Government and politics (ASNIC):

Constitution of India, text and index:

Government of India, ministries and departments:

Word "Indian Parliament."

Indian Parliament:

States and Union Territories:

Election Commission of India:


Logo of Bharatiya Janata Party. In English and Hindu.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), official Website:

A women with a headscarf.

Indian National Congress, official Website:

Logo of "India Votes."

India World, public opinion polls:


Women: SAWNET (South Asian Women’s NETwork):

Women: Journal of South Asian Women Studies:

Three magazines. All titled "MANUSHI." One is covered by a cartoon woman.

Women: Manushi: A Journal about Women and Society:

Human Rights:

Kashmir: Kashmir Virtual Library:

A decorative image.

South Asian Diaspora:


Image of the banner of Bharat Rakshak. The left is a logo. On the right is the name of BR in English and Hindu. Under those words are the website of this organization.

Bharat Rakshak, Consortium of Indian Military Websites:

South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG), analyses of foreign policy and security issues by retired senior Indian government officials:

Stimson Center, South Asia security “think tank”:


Leading Newspapers in India:

The Times of India (Mumbai, New Delhi):

The Hindu (Chennai): or

The Hindustan Times (New Delhi):

The Indian Express (numerous editions):

The Statesman (Calcutta):

The Telegraph (Calcutta):

The Deccan Herald (Bangalore):

The Pioneer (New Delhi):

The Asian Age (numerous editions):

The Economic Times (Mumbai):

News Magazines and Periodicals:

India Abroad (New York, weekly):

India Today (New Delhi, weekly):

Frontline (Chennai, biweekly, published by The Hindu):

Outlook (New Delhi, weekly):

Cover of "The Week: Losing the Edge." Including the title, some descriptive words and a picture of a man holding something.

The Week (Kochi, Kerala):

Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong, weekly):

Other mass media and services:

Doordarshan, Indian television:

Press Information Bureau, GOI:

Samachar, India news service:


BASAS Bulletin, British Association for South Asian Studies:

Logo of Sagar.

SAGAR: South Asia Graduate Research Journal:

Note on citation: There is no consensus on the best method for citing Internet materials, but Andrew Harnack and Gene Kleppinger provide a useful guide in Beyond the MLA Handbook: Documenting Electronic Sources on the Internet:

For a list of Web sites on citation, see: _and_Style/Citation/Internet_Citation/


The cover of a magazine about India. The background is a pure black picture, above it are the title and a traditional Indian painting.

This Resource Guide is posted on “India Update”: At the Web site, click on any URL listed and it will take you to the site. New Web sites will be posted periodically.

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