Undergraduate Subject: Contemporary India
This subject seeks to introduce undergraduate students to contemporary India. It will primarily focus on developments since 1947, the year of India’s independence from British rule. The subject will cover three main areas: India’s constitution and democratic structures; Indian society and social movements; and Indian foreign policy. Students will be introduced to the Indian constitution, the process of its drafting and its working since 1950, including the main amendments and the principal debates over its functioning. The main contemporary issues in Indian politics – including those related to caste, secularism and development – will be covered. The structure of Indian society and the nature of social movements will also be studied. The continuity and changes in India’s foreign policy, starting with the era of Non-Alignment, will also be introduced in this subject. In summary, the subject will not just explore the critical dimensions of contemporary Indian politics and society but also introduce students to the intellectual debates on key issues.