|With crisis of nation and state as principal common focus, the present volume unites thematic regional overviews with case studies on India. Pakistan, Bagladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal. The thirteen contributions by specialists on South Asia from Europe, and Australia, Japan and the region itself approach the common topic from the specific angle of their discipline, namely political science, sociology. ethnology, history and economics. This pluridisciplimarity combined with case perspectives for further research.