References MA, [Economic & Political Geography of South Asia]

The following Lectures and References can be consulted for the Course topics:

South Asia as a region

  1. What is a region? Lecture 1- PART A
  2. Enquiry into Parameters for South Asia as a region Lecture 1- PART B
  3. Geographical basis of region Ch 3
  4. Schwartzberg Atlas South Asia

South Asia: Physiography and Climate

  1. South Asia by BLC Johnson Ch 1
  2. Himalayan Orogengy and Climate Chapter by OHK Spate
  3. South Asia and Climate Change Hot Spots in South Asia


South Asia: Socio-Economic Indicators

  1. South Asia Human Development Indicators Lecture 2- PART A
  2. Socio-Economic Indicators of South Asian Region Lecture 2- PART B
  3. South Asia Development Report Ch_1_2
  4. Data visualization Economy


Agriculture in South Asia

  1. Salient Features of Agriculture in South Asia Lecture 3- PART A
  2. Geographical Units and the Principal Crops of South Asia Lecture 3- PART B
  3. Human Development in South Asia: A Report Ch 3-4
  4. Food Security in South Asia Conceptual Note, A Study of Agro-economy of Bangladesh
  5. FAOSTAT Food Security Profile for South Asian Countries, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  6. Climate Change and Food Security, A Study of Nepal

South Asian Agriculture: Major Crops - Food

  1. Wheat Production in South Asia, Lecture 4 PART A PART B
  2. Reports on Bangladesh, Pakistan Chapters
  3. Rice-Wheat System of South Asia Report
  4. Rice in South Asia Rice Data


South Asian Agriculture: Major Crops - Commercial

  1. Cotton scenario in Pakistan & India Lecture 5 PART A
  2. Sugarcane scenario in Pakistan & India Lecture 5 PART B


South Asian Agriculture: Major Crops - Commercial

  1. Commercial Cropping in Sri Lanka Lecture 6 PART A PART B
  2. More readings Tea, Rubber and Coconut
  3. Issues in Agriculture Development of Sri Lanka Chapter


Natural Resource Economy in South Asia: Forests

  1. Forest Resources in Bhutan Lecture 7 PART A
  2. Forest of Bhutan Salient Features, Reports

Natural Resource Economy in South Asia: Minerals

  1. Natural Resources in Afghanistan, Minerals Lecture 8
  2. Significance of minerals in Reconstruction of Afghan Economy USGS Report
  3. Collection of reports and other data on Afghanistan's mineral resources Zip Download

Natural Resource Economy in South Asia: Water

  1. Hydro Resources for Nepal Reports

Manufacturing in South Asia

  1. Industrial Complexes and Iron and Steel Industry in India Lecture 10
  2. Textile and Garment Industry in Bangladesh Lecture 10 PART B
  3. Energy Security in South Asia


Services Sector in South Asia

  1. Services & IT Industry in India LECTURE10 PART C
  2. Role of Trade and Services in Regional Integration in South Asia Ch 5 - Connecting South Asia

Geopolitics of South Asia

  1. State Formation in South Asia Lecture 11
  2. The Functional Approach to Political Geography Hartshorne
  3. Coparative Federalism in South Asia Lecture 11 PART B


Transboundary Hydropolitics: Indus Water Treaty & Mahakali Treaty

  1. Hydropolitics between India and Pakistan Lecture 12 PART A
  2. Hydropolitics of India and Nepal Lecture 12 PART B
  3. Supplimentary reading Documents


South Asian Regional Security

  1. Regional Security Complex Approach LECTURE13
  2. Borders, Territories and Conflict in South Asia

Energy Security and Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia

  1. Regional Cooperation in South Asia chapter 1-2
  1. Planning Process and Balanced Regional Development, Ch 1, Ch 9
  2. Religion and Politics in South Asia, here is a link to summary paper Religious demography of India
  3. Indo-Bangladesh Border lecture

Maps and Datawork

  1. Physical South Asia Physiography
  2. Political Maps
    1. Pakistan
    2. Bangladesh
    3. Nepal
    4. Sri Lanka
    5. Bhutan
    6. Sri Lanka_Conflict
    7. Expansion of British Rule in South Asia Map
    8. South Asia Under British Rule in 1857 Map
    9. South Asia Under British Rule in 1904 Map
    10. South Asia After British Partition in 1947 Map
    11. Baluchistan Under British Rule Map
  3. Agriculture Maps
    1. Bangladesh - Wheat Cultivation Areas Map2
    2. Bangladesh - Rice Cultivation Areas Map3
    3. Sri Lanka - Tea Cultivation Areas Map4
    4. Sri Lanka - Coconut Cultivation Areas Map5
    5. Sri Lanka - Rubber Cultivation Areas Map6
    6. Nepal - Wheat Cultivation Areas Map7
    7. Nepal - Rice Cultivation Areas Map8
    8. Nepal - Fragmented Land Holdings Highest, Lowest
    9. Pakistan - Wheat Cultivation Areas Map9
    10. Pakistan - Cotton Cultivation Areas Map10


  1. Wheat and Rice crop acreage and yield, see TABLES

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