South Asia ranks among the world's most densely-populated regions. About 1 1/3 billion people live there—about a third of all Asians and a fifth of all the people in the world. The region's population density of 305 persons per kmē is more than seven times the world average. The region has a long history. Ancient civilisations developed in the Indus River Valley. The region was at its most prosperous before the 17th century, when the Mughal Empire held sway in the north; Europeancolonialism led to a new conquering of the region, by Portugal and Holland, and later Britain and to a lesser degree France. Most of the region gained independence from Europe in the late 1940s.
The concept of "South Asia" is useful in helping refer to the countries of the region as a group. Together with the term "The Subcontinent", the descriptor can be useful when discussing issues that affect the common history, culture, etc. of the countries. Citizens of South Asian countries besides India can sometimes be offended by the use of "India" or "Indian" in relation to them or their national, and some times even historial and cultural, origins. A term that historians would use, intended simply to refer to India and its neighbors without reference to current intentions -- the phrase "Greater India" -- is even more repugnant.
Japan with 155 votes, Bahrain with 142 votes, South Korea with 139 votes and Pakistan with 114 votes were elected to the 47-member council.
SouthAsian Policy Analysis (SAPANA) Network is a non-partisan, South Asia-wide research and policy analysis network and is expected to play an influential role in guiding discussion, analysis and policy both in South Asia and outside the region.
In 2007, SAFMA, a network of SouthAsian journalists and media practitioners, aware of the political nuances of the region and sensitive to the demands of the new media age, felt the need to cultivate a new generation of SouthAsian media persons.
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