Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Harihar Bhattacharyya, Ph.D. (London, UK)


Akademische Qualifikation

  • Gastprofessor, Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India


  • Federalism, Democracy and Ethnic Identity
  • Decentralization and Human Rights
  • Democracy and Social Exclusion/Inclusion


  • Teaching Experience at the Post-Graduate level in India (Burdwan and Delhi) and UK and Switzerland


  • Supervised 10 Ph. D and 22 M. Phil candidates who got their degrees at Burdwan University on various aspects of Indian politics.
  • Federalism in Asia: India, Pakistan and Malaysia’ a book project for Routledge (2008-09)
  • (Led a collaborative research) on ‘The Politics of Social Exclusion in India: Democracy at the Crossroads’ for a book for Routledge (2007-08)
  • Research Consultant to International Council on Human Rights Policy, Geneva (2004-05) and prepared the country report ‘India’ on ‘Decentralization effectiveness and Human Rights’ (2005)
  • Prepared a book-length MSS on ‘Making Local Democracy Work in India’ at Hull University, UK in 2002
  • ‘Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Nation-Building in India’ for Institute of Federalism, Fribourg/ The World Bank Institute, Washington, 2000
  • (Jointly with Subrata K Mitra) ‘Governance in India: Federalism, Power-sharing and Constitutional Reform’ for Institute of Federalism/Ford Foundation, Washington 2000
  • ‘India as a Multicultural Federation: Asian Values, Democracy and Decentralization (In Comparison with Swiss Federalism)’, a book-project at the Institute of Federalism, Fribourg 1999
  • (jointly with Dr Anton Greber) ‘The Changing federal political equilibrium: the formation and merger of federal units in India and Switzerland’, Institute of Federalism, Fribourg 1999
  • (Collaborative research) Rule of Law and the Organisation of State in Asia: the Multicultural Challenge’, Institute of Federalism, Fribourg 1999
  • Regional Co-Coordinator of West Bengal and Bihar, Governance in India DFG Project of the University of Heidelberg, Germany (1996-99)
  • Directed Research on Micro-Foundations of Bengal Communism (ICSSR) in 1994

Publikationen (Auszüge)


  • (Jointly edited) The Politics of Social Exclusion in India: Democracy at the Crossroads (Routledge, in press, 2010)
  • Federalism in Asia: India, Pakistan and Malaysia (Routledge, in press, 2010
  • (jointly edited) Political Thought and Movements in India: New Interpretations and Emerging Issues (Kolkata: K. P. Bagchi and Co, 2007)
  • Making Local Democracy Work in India: Social Capital, Politics and Governance in West Bengal (2002 Vedams Books Ltd. New Delhi)
  • India as a Multicultural Federation: Asian Values, Democracy and Decentralization (in comparison with Swiss Federalism) (Institute of Federalism, Fribourg in association with Helbing and Lichtenhahn, Geneva, Basle and Munich, 2001)
  • (Jointly edited Professor Dr Subrata Kumar Mitra and others) Rule of Law and the Organization of State in Asia: the Multicultural Challenge (Institute of Federalism, Fribourg in association with Helbing and Lictenhahn, Geneva, Basle and Munich, 2000)


  • “Citizenship and National Identity In India” (forthcoming as a book chapter in 2010)
  • “Globalization and Indian Federalism: Re-Assertion of States’ Rights” in Lofgren H and Sarangi, P eds. The Politics and Culture of Globalization: Indian and Australia (New Delhi: Social Science Press, 2009)
  • “Ethnic and Civic Nationhood in India: Concept, History, Institutional Innovations and Contemporary Challenges” in Saha, S C ed. Ethnicity and Socio-Political Change in Africa and Other Developing Countries: A Constructive Discourse in State Building (Lanham, USA: Lexington Books, 2008)
  • “Discrimination and Democratic Governance: The Case of India” (forthcoming Burdwan Journal of Political Science 2009)
  • “Approaches to Local Government: Arguing a Case for Human Rights”, West Bengal Political Science Review, Vol. 9, Nos 1-2, December 2007
  • “Globalization and the Problem of India’s National Unity”, Academy, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2007
  • “Politics for Human Rights: A Post-Globalization Agenda”, Burdwan Law Review, University of Burdwan, Vol. lll, 2006
  • “India and Switzerland as Multinational Federations” in Burgess and Pinder (2007)
  • “Federalism and Competing Nations in India” in Michael Burgess and John Pinder eds. Multinational Federations (Oxon: Routledge, 2007)
  • Introduction to “Indian Political Thought and Movements: New Interpretations and Emerging Issues” in Bhattacharyya, H and Ghosh, A eds. (2007), op. cit.
  • “From Mutual Suspicion to Mutual Trust: Social Capital and the Co-operative Mobilization in the District of Burdwan (West Bengal)” in Political Thought and Movements in India edited by Harihar Bhattacharyya and Abhijit Ghosh (Kolkata: K. P. Bagchi & Co, 2007)
  • “Multiculturalism and nationhood in contemporary India, Bharatavidya, Annual Number 2006
  • “Politics of Human Rights”, Academy, Vol.5, No.1, 2005
  • “Grassroots Democracy and Civic Participation in Rural West Bengal: The Case of Gram Sansad” in Theme: India---Essays in Memory of Late Prof Prasanta Kumar Ghosh edited by D. Sen Gupta and S. Ganguly (Arambag Book House, Kolata: 2005)
  • “Federalism and the Regional Accommodation of Identity in India”, in Federalismo Y Regionalismo edited by Diego Valades and Jose maria Serna De La Garza (National University of Mexico and the Institute of Juridical Sciences, Mexico: 2005)
  • “Federalism and Regionalism in India: Institutional Strategies and Political Accommodation of Identity”, Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics, Working Paper No. 27, May 2005, (ISSN 1617-5069) (Online Journal:
  • “India: Bodo People’s Rights Take a Step Forward”, Federations (Ottawa) Vol.4, No.3, March 2005
  • “Forms of Multiculturalism and Identity Issues in India”, Canadian Diversity (Ottawa) Vol.4:1, Winter 2005
  • “Changing Contours of India’s Federal Debate”, West Bengal Political Science Review, Vol. Vlll, Nos. 1 &2, 2005
  • “Multiculturalism in Contemporary India” in Governance in Multicultural Societies edited by John Rex and Gurharpal Singh (Ashgate Publishing Ltd., England: 2004
  • “The CPI-M: From Rebellion to Governance" in Mitra S K et al eds. Political Parties in South Asia (Praeger; Westport., Conn. USA, 2004)
  • “Internal Threats to Security: Indian Federalism and the Accommodation of Ethno-Regional Identity in India” in Anatomy of Fear: Essays on India’s Internal Security edited by Purusottam Bhattacharyya and others (Lancer’s Books, New Delhi, 2004)
  • “Multiculturalism in Contemporary India”, International Journal on Multicultural Societies, (UNESCO), Vol. 5, No.2, 2003
  • “The Communitarian Challenge to Liberalism and its Relevance”, Socialist Perspective: Special Number on Contemporary Liberalism, Vol. 31, Nos. 1-2, 2003


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