This course will explore parallel activities in politics, economic development and security in India and Pakistan since 1947, with special focus on this century. We’ll cover nationalism, democracy, militarism, religion, energy, environment, and ethnic and regional issues. Finally, we’ll examine the competition between India and Pakistan over nuclear arms and Kashmir, its destabilizing effects and possible outcomes. Using online materials and knowledge gained through field trips and lectures in India, class members will prepare team presentations on self-chosen topics, such as Kashmir, the role of women, economic and energy development, Zardari and his challengers, and the role in the region of the US and China.
Field WorkCountry: India
- To learn about Kerala's three major religious communities, the role of women in Kerala and the record of Kerala's recent Communist governments.
- To get an Indian perspective on Pakistan.