MISSION STATEMENT

साफ़ – Saaf. This is a Hindustani word that means clear. At the South Asian Heritage Forum (SAHF) – pronounced the same as Saaf – we hope to bring you a clearer picture of South Asian culture, history, and politics through the discussion of topics often overlooked in the academic study and media discourse of the region.

ARTICLES

Dowry: Tradition or Culture?

Dowry: Tradition or Culture?

For centuries, the patriarchal structures in South Asia have enforced a misogynistic and exploitative 'dowry system'. This system is prevalent among all religious groups in South Asia, and until the present day, this practice occurred in the transfer of gifts or money...

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Let’s Learn About Mahaperiyava

Let’s Learn About Mahaperiyava

By Amrita Ramaswamy apara karuna sindhum jnadam shantharupinam shrI candrashekhara gurum pranamami mudannvaham Meaning: I am meditating day and night on Guru Chandra shekara, Who is the limitless ocean of peace, one who grants wisdom and has a peaceful form. Jagadguru...

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Pakistani Army Killed Palestinian

Pakistani Army Killed Palestinian

“My conscience will never allow me to accept Israel, which is responsible for so many atrocities against the Palestinian people", states the Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan in an interview. His statement comes as a response to the UAE entering into the Abraham...

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What does International Law say about Kashmir?

What does International Law say about Kashmir?

What Does International Law Say About Kashmir? *** Present-day Kashmir, once home to flourishing Dharmic communities and thought, is now three separate territories – Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, China controlled Kashmir, which China obtained through a boundary...

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Atrocities by the Army: An objective view

Atrocities by the Army: An objective view

Citizens depend on their country to provide them protection from dangerous outside forces. A gargantuan task, managed through the government’s military. To tackle such a task, armies are given a position of power, and therefore must display trust and responsibility....

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Dharmic Management of Temples

Dharmic Management of Temples

Credit: Swarajya Magazine Most non-Hindus and even many Hindus have a limited understanding of Hindu temples and their role in society. Hindu temples are not just 'houses of worship’ as they are known in Abrahamic religions. They are in their basic element embodiment...

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Who Really Wants Azaadi?

Who Really Wants Azaadi?

The slogan Azadi first became prominent in Kashmir when Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistani prime minister coined the chant in a 1990 speech, the height of Kashmir’s insurgency where militants ran rampant in the streets urging Pandits to convert, flee or be killed. The...

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WHO WE ARE

South Asian Heritage Forum (SAHF) was founded in 2020 with a focus on the study of the history, culture, society and politics of South Asian countries. It aims to provide a comprehensive view of the subcontinent and highlight aspects occasionally overlooked in the academic study of and media discourse on the region. SAHF will host authors and intellectuals to promote understanding, exchange of ideas and experiences between academia, policy makers, media and citizens.

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