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Making of Contemporary India

CEC via Swayam

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The proposed course is going to cover a period of Indian history starting with rise of Gandhi in India’s freedom struggle and culminating in our very recent past. In this long journey covering nearly seven decades which are full of epoch –making events in the world history. India gained her freedom after a prolong struggle but while gaining it she had to part with portions and people for creation of another state. India a colony of the British had suffered in many ways for two centuries. Moreover, India is a country of various races, religions and ethnic groups. Some such groups also asserted their rights. After her independence India had to address all such issues and also has started to modernise herself. The biggest achievement of her is to adopt democracy and to hold periodic elections. To satisfy all stake holders it has drawn her constitution in that manner. It made a great leap forward in industrialisation and technical innovations and through five years’ plans it tried to bring equity in all of its parts. To enhance education it has initiated concerted programmes. To bring higher amount of participation in public life reservations for women in three-tyre Panchayati Raj was also affected. While framing her foreign policy India decided to keep herself away from the running cold war between the USA and the then Soviet Russia. India with some countries pursued a non-aligned policy for maintaining balance and peace in world politics.

The course is accompanied by academic script, glossary, exercises, model questions and references to learn more.





Week 1 Module 01: Nationalism Trends 1919-1947 Module 02: Gandhian Ideology Module 03: Gandhi’s Rise in Indian Politics Module 04: Rowlatt Satyagraha   Week 2 Module 05: Background to the non cooperation movement Module 06: Phases of the non cooperation movement Module 07: Civil Disobedience Movement Module 08: Quit India Movement   Week 3 Module 09: Ideological Trends within the Congress Module 10: Congress and the Princely states Module 11: Reforms of 1909 and 1919 Module 12: Government of India Act 1935   Week 4 Module 13: Cripps Mission and Cabinet Mission Module 14: Two nations in one Country Module 15: The Idea of Pakistan Module 16: Countdown to Partition   Week 5 Module 17: The Final Cut Module 18: Partition, Migration and Settlement Module 19: Displaced Persons and Rehabilitation-Agrarian Policy Module 20: Integration of Princely States   Week 6 Module 21: Making of the Constitution Module 22: Framing of the Constitution of India-1 Module 23: Framing of the Constitution of India-2 Module 24: Framing of the Constitution of India-3   Week 7 Module 25: Situating India in The World Module 26: Indian & The Non Align Movement Module 27: Post Independent India-1 (Effect of Language, Region, Caste & Religion) Module 28: Post Independent India-2 (Electoral politics and Changing party System)   Week 8 Module 29: The Planned Economy – The Land, Labour, Industry, and education questions Module 30: The women’s Question – Movements & Legislations Module 31: Cultural trends – Institutions, Ideas, Literature, Media & Arts


Taught by

Prof. Soumitra Sreemani


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