The Democracy Archive is an ongoing collection and curation project on the varied trajectories and changing contours of Indian democracy.

The aim is to create a repository of things that do not belong to the conventional paper archives of the modern state but serve as vital records and even agents of democratic transformation, e.g. "grey literature" such as pamphlets, posters, handbills; personal photos and journals, oral histories, social media posts, and various kinds of digital ephemera that have been produced in and around different movements and moments of democratic change and unrest over the past seventy years. The Democracy Archive presently hosts three collections:

  1. Long Emergency: Oral histories of Indian journalism during and after the Emergency of 1975-77

  2. Campus Uprisings: Digital archives of student protests in 2015-17

  3. Anti-Caste Movements and Left Movements in South India: Documentary histories from 1920s-1970s

The Democracy Archive is a part of the "Metamorphoses of the Political" project of the Merian-Tagore International Centre for Advanced Study (ICAS:MP), a Germany-India international research partnership launched in 2015 with the financial support of the German Ministry of Higher Education (BMBF).

The permanent home of the archive is at the University of Göttingen's Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), a partner-institution of of ICAS:MP


Project Coordinators: Srirupa Roy and Rupa Viswanath

“Long Emergency” Subproject Coordinator: Kai Friese

Senior Researcher: Gajendran Ayyathurai

Senior Consultants: Kai Friese, Ayesha Kidwai

Archiving Consultant: Farah Yameen

Archiving Technical Team: Janastu (TB Dinesh, Shalini A, Bhanu Prakash G S)

Technical credits: This site is developed on Omeka, an Open-source web publishing platform for sharing digital collections, with Dublin Core Vocabulary.

Unless specified in the interview records: All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the Merian-Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies (ICAS:MP) and the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen (CeMIS). Interviews may only be reproduced with permission from ICAS:MP or CeMIS.