This list gives a detailed insight into documents related to Kunwar Mohammad Ashraf, an Indian Marxist intellectual and a visiting professor of Medieval Indian history and culture at the Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin, in the Horst Krüger papers housed in the archive of the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. The collector, Horst Krüger (17.8.1920 – 11.3.1989) studied History and German Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. From 1957 to 1959, he was a cultural consultant at the Trade Representation of the German Democratic Republic (henceforth GDR) in India. The time spent in India inspired his lifelong scholarship on the country. From 1960, he started working on the history of India at the Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR /AdW (Academy of Sciences of the GDR). His main research focus was on the Indian National Movement and its relations with the international labor movement. The files related to K.M. Ashraf occupy a distinct and important space in the Krüger Papers, and can be seen as a graphic illustration of entangled India-GDR histories.
The list is linked to the MIDA Archival Reflexicon article “Entangled Ideas: K. M Ashraf, Horst Krüger and New Indology in the German Democratic Republic” by Razak Khan.