Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Applications close May 15 for M.A. programme

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The M.A. in Modern Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary, English-language Masters programme focusing on cultural, social, political and economic developments in modern India. In the study programme, students seek to address a number of fundamental questions about modern India. These include: How does India’s cultural and religious diversity affect societal developments? How does the democratic system address issues of social inequality? How can the dynamics of economic development in a pluralistic society be understood? As looking for answers to profound questions such as these requires an interdisciplinary approach, there are five research groups at CeMIS: Modern Indian History, Development Economics, Indian Religions, State and Democracy in Modern India, and Society and Culture in Modern India. Faculty and researchers come from a wide range of academic backgrounds including development economics, anthropology, history, political science, religious studies and sociology.

CeMIS also offers the German-language B.A. in Moderne Indienstudien. Applications close on 15 July (bei einem zulassungsbeschränkten Zweitfach) or 30 September (bei einem zulassungsfreien Zweitfach).

Photo: Some of the current batch of M.A. and B.A. students at CeMIS. Photos/Collage: Jonathan Michaeli.


Launch of the Digital Archive "The Long Emergency. Media and Democracy in India"


CeMIS is proud to announce the launching of the digital archive "The Long Emergency. Media and Democracy in India" , which is coordinated by Prof. Srirupa Roy.

Long Emergency Updated

The government of India declared a national emergency citing internal instability in June 1975. By June 26th, the day after emergency had been declared, media outlets in the country had received instructions on news that must be censored. Some newspapers ran blank editorials as protests. In the eighteen months that followed, the press censorship rules remained in effect and additional forms of pressure were exerted on the media. These ranged from the withdrawal of state advertisements to income tax raids on media owners and phone calls to journalists conveying “helpful suggestions” about the news they might (or might not) carry. Many journalists were arrested for protesting the emergency, or for holding views that were considered inimical to state authority. Many others supported the emergency as a necessary measure. Most, however, lay low until the emergency was lifted and the media began reporting actively on the news that they had not covered in the years of the emergency, in a burst of “new journalism” that would shine a light on post-emergency abuses of power as well.

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Project Coordinator: Srirupa Roy, University of Göttingen
Senior Consultant: Kai Friese
Oral History Researchers: Sopan Joshi, Farah Yameen, Rajender Negi
Archiving Consultant: Farah Yameen
Technical Consultant: Janastu (TB Dinesh, Shalini A, Bhanu Prakash G S)


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