SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Government and politics of modern South Asia

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This course covers the major features of the political systems of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka (the smaller countries of the region can be covered on request). Topics given special attention include the nature of the state in South Asia and its relationship to society, the political economy of planned economic development, centre-locality relations, and ideological change.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

 At the end of the course students should have acquired a sound understanding of current academic work on South Asian politics, and should have shown the ability to write well structured and researched papers on selected subjects.

Method of assessment

Assessment is 40% Coursework (comprising two 3000 word essays) and 60% unseen examination – all coursework is resubmissible.

Suggested reading

  • Rajni Kothari, Politics in India. Sunil Khilnani, The Idea of India. Sudipta Kaviraj(ed) Politics in India. Rajeev Bhargava(ed) Secularism and its Critics.


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