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Reading by Meena Kandasamy on 11.5.2016
Meena Kandasamy will read from her novel “Reis & Asche” on May 11th, 2016 at 8.00 p.m. in the Intercultural Centre, Bergheimer Str. 147, 69115 Heidelberg. The event is part of the literature project "Heidelberg reads new world literature" and is moderated by Prof. Dr. Hans Harder (Head of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, South Asia Institute).
Posted on 03 May 2016
Registration for the courses and link to the course catalogue in summer semester 2016
Posted on 13 Apr 2016
State Religion Debate and Blogger Killings: current legal and human rights issues in Bangladesh on April 11, 2016
The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures cordially invites you to the following event:

State Religion Debate and Blogger Killings: current legal and human rights issues in Bangladesh

Presentation and discussion with

SARA HOSSAIN (Lawyer, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and very prominent human rights activist)

NABA KUMAR RAHA (Director, Gandhi Ashram, Noakhali, Bangladesh)

Venue: SAI, R Z10

Date:     Monday, April 11, 2016,  2 pm

Further Information is available on the poster.


State Religion Debate and Blogger Killings: current legal and human rights issues in Bangladesh


As the war crime tribunals are still going on, recent developments have again triggered controversy and friction among political and social actors in Bangladesh. These have deepened the impression generated in the aftermath of the Shahbagh movement, namely that Bangladeshi society is being polarized as seldom before, with proponents of secularism on one side and those opting for Islam as guiding principle of state and society on the other. The killings of bloggers propagating secular orientations since February 2015, attacks against religious leaders of minority communities, and the failed petition to remove the declaration of Bangladesh as an Islamic State from the Constitution, are the most prominent recent issues in this regard. How is Bangladesh’s government, with its increasingly authoritarian practice in matters of press freedom etc., going to tackle these developments?


In this panel discussion, prominent lawyer SARA HOSSAIN and human rights activist NABA KUMAR RAHA will give introductions to their take on the current state of affairs. This will be followed by an open discussion.


The Guest Speakers:

SARA HOSSAIN is lawyer at the Supreme Court, Dhaka, and a prominent human rights activist. After studies in Oxford and Middle Temple, she joined the chambers of her father, the former Minister of External Affairs of Bangladesh, Dr. Kamal Hossain. Much of her work is of a voluntary nature, e.g. directing the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Blast). A few days ago she received the International Women of Courage Award of the US State Department.


NABA KUMAR RAHA is director of the Gandhi-Ashram in Noakhali (Bangladesh). The founding stone for the trust was laid by M. K. 

Gandhi during the Noakhali riots after Independence. Communal harmony and Khadi work continue to be priorities of the Ashram. In 2014, Naba Kumar Raha received the "G. Ramachandran-Ikeda Award" from Delhi for his merits.

Posted on 06 Apr 2016
Hindi in Prague, Vienna and Heidelberg on 20.01.2016

The department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures cordially invites everyone to the event "Hindi in Prague, Vienna and Heidelberg", which takes place on January 20, 2016, 4.00-6.00 p.m. in the Heinrich-Zimmer Reading Room, SAI-Library and is supported by the Indian Consulate General in Munich.

Further information is available on the poster.

Posted on 11 Jan 2016
Lecture by Prof. Kalpana Sahni on 09.12.2015
We cordially invite you to the lecture by Prof. Kalpana Sahni (JNU, New Delhi) entitled “Bhisham Sahni. The Life and Times of my Father”.
The talk will take place on Wednesday, 09.12.2015 at 4.00 p.m. c.t. in room 317.
The poster is available
Posted on 03 Dec 2015

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