Kunwar P Singh
Modern Indian Social Thought: Post-Colonial Renaissance
As India became independent from the British rule in 1947, it confronted with many challenges and paradoxes. One of the major setbacks to India came in the form of partition as it got divided into two parts: India and Pakistan. However, several national leaders like Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar, Maulana Azad, Tagore, Lohia etc. guided the post-colonial India through their social-political ideologies and experiences. Since 1947 Indian society has been passing through several socio- economic and political transitional phases, which have been influenced by various social thoughts and ideologies. The issues of nationalism, language, religion, caste, communalism, and corruption have been the focal points of main socio-economic and political discourses in India.
This course examines the ideologies and thought processes which influenced India's struggle for independence during colonial rule and how the same were transcended during the post-colonial period when India faced the predicaments focusing nationalism, religion, caste, communalism, corruption, languages etc. Besides reading about above thinkers, this course introduces students to the debate of post-colonial theory and its significance in studying the mentioned issues within cultural and historical context.
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