Dear Hans,
This is very sad indeed, and it can definitely not be blamed to a lack of effort and productivity from your side the last so many decades.
I will write to the administrators you mention.
But they too are only reflecting the current Zeitgeist.
How different was the era of Speijer who could "surf" on a widespread wave of interest (in the world and in the Netherlands) in all things India and theosophical.
Hence the title of that other book of Speijer's, mainly on Samkhya and other Indian philosophies:  
De Indische theosophie en hare beteekenis voor ons (1910; German translation in 1914: Die indische Theosophie aus den Quellen dargestellt).

On 23 May 2013 23:38, hans bakker <> wrote:
Dear Colleagues,
After a long uphill struggle, we have finally lost. The board of the Faculty of Religious Studies,  backed  by the Board of the University of
Groningen and supported by the chairman of my department, has decided to close the Institute of Indian Studies.
The tradition of the study of Sanskrit  of more than a hundred years  in the Groningen University,
which was inaugurated by Jacob Samuel Speyer,  will come to an end by 1 August 2013.
I have little hope that protests will make any difference. If you feel inclined to react, though, this reaction could  be sent to the following addresses.

President of the Board of the University of Groningen, S. Poppema:

Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies, G. H. van Kooten:

Chairman of The Department of  Comparative and Historical Study of Religion, Kocku Von Stuckradt:

Hans Bakker


Prof Hans T. Bakker
Institute of Indian Studies
University of Groningen
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9712 GC Groningen
the Netherlands
tel: +31.(0)50.363.5819

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