In this semester we are happy to welcome Professor Dr. Bhattacharyya, Ph. D (London School of Economics and Political Science, London University) as a visiting professor at Department of Political Science, SAI. Prof. Bhattacharyya is permanently based in the Department of Political Science, University of Burdwan, West Bengal (India), and stays with us until 31 January 2010. Formerly a Professor of Comparative Politics and Indian Politics, Delhi University, and Dean, Faculty of Arts, Commerce, Management, Law and Fine Arts, University of Burdwan (2006-08), Professor Bhattacharyya has been the recipient of many visiting assignments in the universities in the West such as Hull University, UK, Fribourg University, Switzerland and of course South Asia Institute Heidelberg as Baden-Wurttemburg Fellow (1998) and DAAD Fellow (2007).
He has been associated with many international organizations for research projects such as World Bank, Ford Foundation, Institute of Federalism, Fribourg, DFG project on ‘Governance in India’, and the International Council on Human Rights Policy, Geneva (as a Research Consultant). Professor Bhattacharyya has also taken part in international peace making for Burundi (Arusha), Sri Lanka in Austria and Locarno, and was a Facilitator for Nepal’s Constitutional Transition in 2008. He has been collaborating with Professor Dr Subrata K Mita, Head of the Department of Political Science, SAI for more than a decade and half, and jointly published with him too.
Professor Bhattacharyya has to his credit some eight books (including jointly edited) and more than 80 research papers. His book include: Federalism in Asia: India, Pakistan and Malaysia (Routledge, forthcoming 2010); (jointly edited) The Politics of Social Exclusion in India: Democracy at the Crossroads (Routledge, forthcoming 2009); India as a Multicultural Federation: Asian Values, Democracy ad Decentralization (In Comparison with Swiss Federalism (Fribourg, 2001), and (jointly edited) The Rule of Law and Organization of the State in Asia: The Multicultural Challenge (Fribourg, 2000).
His current research interests are: Indian politics with special reference to globalization; comparative federalism and ethnic identity; human rights and decentralization; and the politics of social exclusion and inclusion.