Documenting Social Exclusion

Many of India’s citizens struggle to get access to basic public goods. Our partner examines how state institutions fail to provide equal access to necessities like healthcare, sanitation and safe working conditions.

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Empowering Migrant Workers

Poverty forces millions of Indians to migrate from rural areas into cities. They hope for a better life, but find mostly jobs under precarious conditions. Our partners support migrants in asserting their rights.

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Left Theories

How relevant are Marxists thoughts for us today? Our partner organisations discuss this question and strengthen networks of people from the left political spectrum.  

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Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently

Rosa Luxemburg

Welcome to RLS South Asia

Working for a Fair Society

Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) is a German political foundation that is part of the grassroots movement of democratic socialism. Bearing the name of Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919), RLS works within the tradition of workers’ and women’s movements. The foundation serves as a forum for debate and critical thinking about political alternatives, as well as a research centre for progressive social development. It is affiliated to the German left party DIE LINKE.

The RLS office in New Delhi is organising and coordinating the foundation’s activities in South Asia. The main areas of our work are Social Transformation, Gender Equality, Labour Rights and Agriculture. RLS provides space for critical discourse. In addition, we publish educational material, offer advice and counseling to our partners and promote North-South as well as South-South dialogue.


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Supporting small-scale farmers in dealing with various challenges such as climate change, free trade and industrialisation.

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We provide critical analysis of social transformations in South Asia and promote the discussion of progressive aims and ideas.

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Together with activists and scholars we support workers in their struggle for rights – especially those in the informal sector.

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Our Projects

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