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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.

New Publication by Jürgen Schaflechner: Hinglaj Devi

Dr. Jürgen Schaflechner's (Department of Modern Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures)  first book, "Hinglaj Devi: Identity, Change, and Solidification at a Hindu Temple in Pakistan" was published by Oxford University Press New York. The Heidelberg PhD dissertation of 2014 (supervisors: Hans Harder, William Sax) was marked summa cum laude and is "the first monograph to address the beliefs and practices of Hindus in today's Islamic Republic of Pakistan". Further information is available here.

In the SAI-Library:

Open Access publication of Markus Schleiter’s „Die Birhor“

The Draupadi publishing house in Heidelberg and CrossAsia-eBooks started in Spring 2017 a co-operation to publish electronic Open Access versions of selected books on South Asia that appeared originally as print editions and are not scheduled for reprint. The second Draupadi title offered by CrossAsia-eBooks is Die Birhor - Ethnographie und die Folgen: ein indischer “Stamm” im Spiegel kolonialer und postkolonialer Beschreibungen (URL), a PhD dissertation by the ethnologist Markus Schleiter. The print edition is still available in bookshops or directly at the Draupadi publishing house.

New Publication on CrossAsia-eBooks: Übersetzung als kultureller Transfer

CrossAsia-eBooks, the Open Access publication platform for Asian studies, is pleased to announce a new publication: There exist many tales about the Indian king Vikrama in different Indian languages. Persian versions emerged during the 16th century, when the Persian language was one of the many literary languages and also functioned as administrative language in India. In her study Übersetzung als kultureller Transfer: Eine Untersuchung persischer Versionen des indischen Vikrama-Erzählzyklus (URL) Anna Martin, postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Iranian Studies at the University of Marburg, examines a 17th century Persian adaptation of the Vikrama story called the Kisanbilas („Kisan’s dalliance“) by an author named Kisandas.

The book can be read and downloaded as a whole or in individual chapters on the CrossAsia-eBooks website. In addition it can also be purchased as a hard cover edition at local bookstores or

If you are interested in publishing your work with CrossAsia-eBooks, please find here further information.

CrossAsia-eBooks is a service of Heidelberg University Library and the South Asia Institute in cooperation with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and its Specialised Information Service Programme (FID).

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