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AIP203 - Politics in India

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Not offered 2013, re-offered 2014.

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(B, G, X)

Credit point(s):1

Trimester 2

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Unit chair:H Lofgren

Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


India is the world’s largest democracy and an emerging global power. The unit provides an introduction to politics in India since independence. It examines the struggle for freedom and national unity, India’s experience with democratic political institutions, and its aspirations for recognition as a leading power in south Asia and the world.


Themes covered include constitutional arrangements and the challenge of federalism, political parties and the emergence of coalition politics, elections and political behaviour, and national security and foreign policy. Central questions include: How does one make sense of democracy in a poor country with high illiteracy? How has democratic politics been shaped by a society divided along a caste, class, linguistic and religious lines? How is India’s recent economic expansion to be assessed in terms of both growth and equity?


  1. Tutorial participation and short assignment 30% 1000 words
  2. Essay 40% 2000 words
  3. Exam 30%

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