Research topic: India
India is a democratic society and one of the engines of the new world economy.
The Indian democracy's ability to tackle challenges such as population growth, social unrest, promoting greater equality, environmental protection and resource consumption, while at the same time ensuring economic expansion and growth, is decisive not just for its own population of nearly one billion, but also for the rest of the world.
India is also, however, an ancient civilisation that historically has continually encountered foreign and globalised forms of cultural expression. India's religious and temple culture, its literature in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and other languages, its epics and piety, Bollywood and post-colonial popular culture are all expressions of a dynamic society.