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PPR239 Indian Politics, Society and Religion
Tutors: Katan Elder(Michaelmas) and Anderson Jeremiah (Lent)
This module aims to introduce and familiarise students to the interplay between politics, society and religion in the world's largest democracy, India. At a time when India is emerging as a global power and economic powerhouse despite persistent poverty and various socio-political fissures, a critical balance must be struck in our understanding between its potential and its problems. India offers powerful lessons on the challenges and achievements of democracy in a deeply pluralistic and unequal society. An examination of these issues opens up our conceptual preconceptions about democracy, religion, secularism, discrimination, globalization and political mobilization, which tend to be structured by knowledge of Western polities. The particular issues concerning large populations of many different religions and huge social differences offer pathways of understanding to many pressing global issues.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (1 hour) and workshop (1 hour) weekly.
Brown J Modern India. The Origins of an Asian Democracy
Chaudhuri, M (ed) Feminism in India
Frykenberg, R E Christianity in India: from beginnings to the present
Khilnani, S The Idea of India
Mehta, N (ed) Television in India: satellites, politics and cultural change
Shah, G (ed) Caste and Democratic Politics in India
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