Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

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New Publication by Himanshu Jha

Dr Himanshu Jha (Department of Political Science, SAI) recently published an article entitled „Emerging Politics of Accountability: Institutional Progression of the Right to Information Act“ in the journal Economic & Political Weekly (vol. 53, Issue No.10). The full article is available here, further information on the current issue is available here.


The implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005 in Bihar is studied to examine the progression and deepening of institutional change. The institutional progression is inextricably linked to change in the political regime and the resultant shifts in policy priorities. The RTI Act has opened up a new space for accountability between state and society, its use is often linked to local politics, and a new form of elite agency has emerged, whose practitioners this article categorises as “agents of accountability.” These agents are different from the category of elite agency discussed in scholarly literature, such as the “expansive elite,” pyraveekars, gaon ka neta, “political fixers,” or naya netas.

Interactive Platform „Patis of Patan“

Members of Heidelberg University, Kathmandu University and Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) launched the interactive platform „Patis of Patan“. It was created with the goal of preserving the memory and raising awareness about the importance of the patis, or phalcā in Newari, located in the Kathmandu Valley.

This project was collated and designed at the chair of visual and media anthropology and is a result of a collaboration between a group of researchers from both Germany and Nepal, the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" and the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA) at the University of Heidelberg, Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust, SAI HELP NEPAL and the Barbara and Wilfried Mohr Stiftung.

The platform is available here .

Exhibition: Relations and Implications: Asia and Germany During World Wars

Since the beginning of February 2018, the institutes and libraries of the Center for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) are presenting a selection of their stocks on the relations and entanglements in Asia and Germany during world wars in the Heinrich Zimmer Reading Room of the Library of the South Asia Institute and the Institute of Japanese Studies (Akademiestr. 4-8, 2nd floor).

The exhibition offers insights into documents on relations between Germany and East Asia from 1931 to 1945, India during the two world wars, and a portrait of Dietrich Seckel, the Heidelberg founder of East Asian art history in the German-speaking world.

More information is available here.

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Congratulations to Johanna Hahn

The South Asia Institute congratulates Johanna Hahn (Doctoral Student at the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures) for the successful defence of her doctoral dissertation. The disputation on her work titled "Die Stadt in der modernen Hindi-Literatur (ca. 1970-2010)" (The City in modern Hindi Literature, c. 1970-2010) with her supervisors, Hans Harder and Christiane Brosius, was marked magna cum laude.

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