Introduction to the BASAS 2021 special section

Ayaz Qureshi*, Wilfried Swenden

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This special section is dedicated to the BASAS conference 2021. The conference coincided with the devastating second wave of Covid-19 in India, which started in March and peaked in May 2021. Case numbers and mortality in South Asian countries were very high and their health systems too struggled to keep up with these unprecedented times. As governments across South Asia appeared to fail their populations, a sense of crisis was shared by conference participants, many of whom were personally affected by this wave. This conference was unique in that it took place after a two-year gap due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in that it was the first fully online BASAS conference. The papers in the special section draw attention to significant areas of research in South Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-387
JournalContemporary South Asia
Issue number3
Early online date20 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • BASAS 2021
  • Conference
  • crisis
  • Edinburgh
  • online conference
  • South Asia
  • special section


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