Rahul Mukherji: How does India achieve change in its policies?

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Why did you choose Germany as a research destination?

The South Asia Institute in Heidelberg is unique in the world. It has seven departments dedicated to diverse fields ranging from classical and modern languages to history, anthropology, geography, political science and development economics. I was also impressed by the high regard and independence that the teaching profession enjoys in Germany.

What was your first impression of Germany, the German culture and its people?

I found Germany to be pretty, remarkably well preserved and ordered. One can learn from the structure and discipline of German life. Work was demanding but the freedom to do things also created an excitement that one had many creative possibilities in Germany. 

Did you encounter any difficulties while settling in in Germany?

I would say challenge rather than difficulty. Since Germany gives you the freedom to explore, that may also meet some resistance. The country has a well ordered system. It is important to integrate within that system.

Do you have tips for other international researchers who are thinking about coming to Germany?

Germany keeps a low profile and achieves a great deal. It is worth investing in language and integration in order to achieve your creative potential in Germany.

Short and crisp: What is your favourite...

  • Word: schön.
  • Dish: Schnitzel.
  • Piece of German culture: Communing with nature through walks in the mountains and forests.

Find out more about Rahul Mukherji and his research project on the Latest Thinking website: www.lt.org