We cordially welcome Dr. Suresh C. Chalise as Visiting Scholar at the Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute. He holds a research scholarship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and will stay from January 7th – April 7th at the SAI. Suresh C. Chalise earned his Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University, India and undertook post-doctoral research at the Universities of Dortmund and Gießen, Germany. He served as Ambassador of Nepal to the United States (2007-2008) and to the United Kingdom (2010-2014) and is affilitated with the GP Koirala Foundation for Democracy, Peace and Development in Kathmandu/Nepal, an independent think tank for the promotion of peace, democracy and development.
We are united in grief for Pandit Dr. Parameshwara Aithal, who passed away on 3 January 2020. Dr. Aithal worked as Sanskrit lecturer at SAI for many years and is an honorary member of the institute. A detailed obituary written by Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels is available here. The family´s obituary is available here.
The South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University strongly condemns the attacks on JNU students and faculty on the evening of 5 January 2020, during a peace meeting on campus. We strongly condemn this attempt to intimidate those who speak up about important issues on and beyond campus. We call for peace and restraint from all sides, and condemn violence in the strongest possible terms. Dynamic, even controversial debate, the lifeblood of democracies, requires civil safety and state protection. The perpetrators of violence should be located, brought to justice and citizens should be allowed to express themselves freely within the limits imposed by the constitution. Universities must be safe spaces for debate, discussion and learning.
We stand in solidarity with our colleagues, students and faculty at JNU.