Projects in South Asia

Find here details on ongoing as well as concluded projects in all of our three main working areas.

 Society

Summer Schools on Marxist Theory

How relevant is Marxist Thought for us today? The summer schools jointly organised by the South Asian University and RLS, are devoted to discussing this question. The schools seek to encourage students, activists, researchers and young people from various backgrounds to engage with Karl Marx' original work and discuss its consequences today.

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 Society

Political Education for Nepal's Youth

The Centre for Nepal Studies seeks to provide an open space for Nepali youth to come together, discuss, and learn more about current political issues. While our partner’s research and workshops lies on theoretical and practical questions of the contemporary political left, the centre also aims at establishing a network of intellectuals, political actors and youth activists in Nepal.

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 Society

Auto rickshaws in Kolkata

Gender and Work in West Bengal

Gender plays a crucial role in the Indian labour market. The choice of profession, migration pattern or participation in workers’ unions are all fundamentally influenced by gender roles and expectations. With support of RLS, the School of Women’s Studies at Jadavpur University in Kolkata conducted in-depth studies on questions of work and gender in West Bengal.

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 Society

Emancipatory Pedagogy

In recent year, the Indian education system has been undergoing an extensive neoliberal transformation. Today, almost one third of all student attend private schools. In order to develop viable alternative methods of education, RLS collaborated with the South Asian University on a pilot project for the development of an alternative curriculum.

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 Labour

Solidarity Along the Supply Chain

Workers Global North share many of their problems with their colleagues in the Global South. There is, however, hardly any exchange between the workers, who are divided through their different languages and geographical distance, but united in their struggle. Together with our partner Transnationals Information Exchange, we  facilitated exchange with textile workers from South Asia and retail workers in Germany.

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 Labour

Training for Workers' Activists

Workers are often divided by their different modes of employment. However, the underlying causes for the problems they are facing are largely the same. A project with the Centre for Workers’ Management focused on the commonalities of workers from different backgrounds and facilitated exchange and mutual support.

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 Publication

Puzzles of Indian Commodity Production

Capitalist Exploitation and Heterogeneity of Rural and Informal Sectors in the Indian Economy

Author: Jakob Graf

Published by RLS South Asia

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 Publication

«Ready Made» - Garments in India

Manufacturing cheap commodities in Global South, for the Global North.

Author: Mohan Mani

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 Publication

Modistan?

Report of the 2014 parliamentary elections in India

Author: Amay Korjan

Published by RLS South Asia

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 Publication

The Collective Alternative

Experiences of Cooperatives in Agriculture

Published by RLS South Asia and JAISS

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 Publication

Kommunalismus, Hindunationalismus und Widerstand

Auf den Spuren der Hindunationalisten und der Suche nach Widerstand

Author: Franziska Schiessl

Published by RLS South Asia

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Repoliticiszing NGO's

Author: Thomas Gebauer

Published by RLS South Asia

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Marxism is a revolutionary worldview that must always struggle for new revelations. Marxism must abhor nothing so much as the possibility that it becomes congealed in its current form. It is at its best when butting heads in self-criticism, and in historical thunder and lightning, it retains its strength.

Rosa Luxemburg