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Introduction to Contemporary Indian Politics

GLS 339/POL 453/SAS 339

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This course, taught at Ashoka University (India), is an introduction to Indian politics. The first half is structured as chronological 'political history'. We begin with the colonial period (1757-1947), before studying the eras of Nehru (1947-64), Indira Gandhi (1965-1984) and the contemporary period (1985-2014). The second half looks at 'concepts' in Indian politics such as: the state, democracy, federalism, judiciary, political parties, social movements, identity politics, and welfare schemes. The final weeks will focus on the Narendra Modi years from 2014 to 2022, applying what we have learned in the course to the present day.
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Section S01

  • Type: Seminar
  • Section: S01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 5
  • Capacity: 15
  • Class Number: 10065