The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the basic features of Indian constitution and political processes. The course also intends to make the students aware of the constitutional design and the functioning of democracy in India. It also aims to introduce the students to the major themes of Indian politics and the functioning of state in post-independent India.
Indian constitution: foundations, philosophies and basic features; Debates over basic structure doctrine; Fundamental rights and duties; Directive principles of state policy; Federal design: center-state relations; Linguistic re-organisation of the states; Electoral process and party system; Decentralisation and institutions of local self-government: panchayati raj institutions and municipalities, fifth and sixth schedule; Political and social themes and movements in India: caste, tribe, gender, religion, environment and class.
Texts & References:
1. Choudhary, Sujit, Madhav Khosala and Pratap Bhanu Mehta eds.,The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution, Oxford University Press UK, 2016.
2. Jayal, Niraja Gopal and Pratap Bhanu Mehta ed.,The Oxford Companion to Indian Politics, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010.
3. Austin, Granville, Indian Constitution Cornerstone of a Nation, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1966/1999.
4. Bhargava, Rajeev ed., Politics and Ethics of Indian Constitution, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2008.
5. Brass, Paul R., The Politics of India Since Independence, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press and Foundation Books, 2nd Edition, 1999.