IAS 36CA - Heroes And Saints In India: Religion, Myth, History
This course provides an introduction to the history of modern India and Pakistan through the voices of the Indian subcontinent's major thinkers. We'll spend time in the company of saints from the "great-souled" Mahatma Gandhi to the Sufi scholar, Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi, and travel alongside the heroes of peasant politics, women's rights, and struggles for national and social freedom and equality. We'll immerse ourselves in the rich narrative heritage of India, as it has been challenged, reworked, and harnessed for present and future needs, from the nineteenth century through the present. Lecture and discussion format; prior knowledge of India or Pakistan not required.