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Video Interview with Prof. Rahul Mukherji on Latest Thinking

Latest Thinking - an Open Access Video Journal - published an interview with Prof. Rahul Mukherji (Head of the Department of Political Science at the SAI) on "How does India achieve change in its policies". The video interview is available here.

Further information:

India has been known to be a state that never changes. Since the 1980s, and especially after the 1990s, however, India’s growth trajectory has begun to evolve and change from its static status quo. RAHUL MUKHERJI has investigated the reasons for this change, as he explains in this video. For this, he looked at historical processes and compared processes that have achieved successful change to processes that have failed to achieve change. He found that India performs despite its slow developments in policies because they gradually achieve a consensus among political and social actors. Once this critical mass of ideas has been reached, changes in policies occur, for instance in the area of welfare policies, such as the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

New Scientific Advisory Council for SAI

It is our pleasure to inform you that the Rektor of Heidelberg University has appointed a new Scientific Advisory Council for the SAI in December 2017.

The Council consists of seven internationally renown researchers who are appointed for a period of four years starting in January 2018.

The Council includes: Prof. Dr. Helene Basu (Ethnology, University of Münster), Prof. Crispin Bates (Professor of Modern and Contemporary South Asian History, University of Edinburgh), Prof. John Harriss (International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver), Prof. Barbara Harriss-White (Development Studies, University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Konrad Klaus (Department of Indology, University of Bonn), Prof. Dr. Hermann Kreutzmann (Professor at the Chair of Human Geography, Department of Geography, FU Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Angelika Malinar (Professor of Indian Studies, University of Zurich).

The list is also available on this website. Currently we prepare the first visit of the Council to the SAI on Friday, January 19th 2018.

Radio programme with Prof. Gita Dharampal-Frick on 29 January 2018

On Monday, 29 January 2018, 9.05 am Bayern 2 will broadcast a radio programme entitled radioWissen with the focus on "Befreiung vom Kolonialismus", in which Prof. Dharampal-Frick (head of the Department of History at SAI) will be interviewed. One topic discussed will be "Mahatma Gandhi- Revolution ohne Gewalt".
Further information is available

Further Informationen (German): 

Mahatma Gandhi - Revolution ohne Gewalt Autor und Regie: Frank Halbach

Mahatma Gandhi - die Ikone des friedlichen Widerstandes. Ohne einen einzigen Schuss abzugeben, brachte er das britische Weltreich ins Wanken. Auch wenn seine Lehre heute von vielen als Utopie abgetan wird und er von anderen zum Heiligen stilisiert wird, bleibt Gandhi einer der erfolgreichsten Politiker des 20. Jahrhunderts. Er ist die Leitfigur gleich dreier bedeutender Revolten: des Aufbegehrens gegen des Rassismus, der Erhebung gegen den Kolonialismus und der Ablehnung politischer Gewalt. Seine Autobiographie nannte er: "Die Geschichte meiner Experimente mit der Wahrheit" - und diese für Gandhi typische kritische Selbsteinschätzung legt es nahe, sein Lebenswerk als eine Art offenen Text zu verstehen, der einer ständigen Neuinterpretation bedarf, auch wenn er selbst betonte, seine Lehre sei nichts Neues, denn: "Wahrheit und Gewaltfreiheit sind so alt wie die Berge."

The manuscripts by radioWissen are available here.

The audio file is available here.

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