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Indian Political Thought

St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata and CEC via Swayam

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This course focuses in detail on the political discourse and the actual functioning of the Indian political thought process. It simultaneously studies in detail the political philosophy & structure from Ancient to Modern India. In doing this it elaborately deals with the prominent political ideologue of India i.e. Bharat. This course shows that how their thought process had been controlled by local influences & time frame and critically assesses its impact on political functioning. The major contradictions of the different Political thoughts are to be seriously analyzed along with as assessment of their successes and failures.


Week 11. Introducing Ancient Indian Political Thought2. Archaeological, Numismatic & Epigraphic Sources3. Literary Sources4. Features of Indian Political Thought-Early Era
Week 25. Features of Indian Political Thought- Post Vedia Era6. Kautilya’s Dandaniti7. Saptanga Theory8. Kautilya’s Foreign Policy'
Week 39. Mahatma Gandhi- Basic Premises of Political Thought
10. Gandhi ji’s Concepts of Non-violence and Satyagraha11. Mahatma Gandhi’s Theory of the State12. Gandhi’s Concept of Trusteeship
Week 413. Gandhi’s Concept of Sarvodaya14. Politics of Liberal Moderation15. Tilak’s Concept of Swaraj16. Tilak’s Concept of Nationalism
Week 517. Political Philosophy18. Life of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar19. Political Thoughts of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar20. Life of Ram Manohar Lohia
Week 621. Political Thought of Ram Manohar Lohia22. Life of Jayaprakash Narayan23. Political Ideas of Jayaprakash Narayan24. Nehru On Democracy25. Ramabai On Patriarchy

Taught by

Professor Sibaji Pratim Basu



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