Critical Analysis of Social Transformation

Our main focus in this field is to establish and support creative social spaces in which left progressive ideas and concepts can be discussed, developed and implemented. Together with our partners in South Asia, we organise workshops, seminars and academic summer schools. We are engaged in providing critical analysis of the ramifications of political developments in the region. We examine the historical traces of today’s developments in order to learn from past challenges.

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Rosa Luxemburg fought for solidarity, equality and freedom. RLS resists global capitalism and supports critical analysis, alternative opinions and inclusive dialogues within progressive forces in South Asia.

Pragya Khanna - Project Manager

Moreover, we facilitate dialogue between social and political activists in the region. We provide the means for a strong network of people involved in processes of social as well as ecological transformation. To strengthen exchange and dialogue between activists, intellectuals and political institutions in the Asian region, we are also working closely with our RLS colleagues in the Beijing and Hanoi offices.

To learn more about our work on social transformations, take a look at the projects listed below.

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Documenting Social Exclusion

Despite considerable economic growth in recent years, many of India’s citizens still struggle to get access to basic public goods. Our partner, the Centre for Equity Studies, examines how state institutions fail to provide equal access to necessities like healthcare, sanitation and safe working conditions. Which groups are especially vulnerable to exclusion? How do different dimensions of exclusion reinforce each other? 

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India Looks East

For a long time, India did not pay much attention to its eastern neighbours and had a difficult relationship with China. Since the late 1990s however, India has begun to increase its engagement and seeks to foster strategic relations with countries in South East Asia. This “Look East” policy aims at strengthening India’s position as a regional power and providing a counterweight to the influence of China. Our project is looking at consequences and outcomes from this policy for South Asia.

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Social Movements as Actors of Change

The Indian states of Bihar and West Bengal have seen the emergence of various socio-political movements during the second part of the 20th century. Although many of them decisively influenced the course of Indian politics, the social context which allowed them to emerge is still poorly understood. A project funded by RLS and carried out by the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG) aims to change this.

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Promoting the Discourse on Climate Justice

The effects of global climate change are already tangible in South Asia. Those who suffer most from it, are the already marginalised sections of society. To contribute to the discussion on global climate justice, RLS facilitates the exchange of experts on climate change from South Asia and all over the world.

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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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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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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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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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