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Postcolonial India

This course introduces history students to four main themes of post-colonial India (1947 onwards): the practice of electoral democracy in the worlds second-most populous country, the struggle against deep social inequality, the quest to balance economic growth with social justice, and the difficulties of managing religious and cultural diversity on such a gigantic scale. Students will have a chance to think about man y different issues, from religious plurality to communal violence, from Bollywood to economic liberalization, from thriving democracy to festering insurgencies, from nuclear power to non-violence, from secularism to genocide. We will read major writers, commentators and critics who writings on India are well known all over the English-speaking world.

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