ASIAN 424 - Topics in Modern South Asian History
Section: 001 The Idea of Equality: India's 20th Century
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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The twentieth century in India witnessed one of the most significant popular mobilizations in history against European colonialism as well as a unique experiment in establishing and maintaining the world’s largest democracy in a poor and underdeveloped country. These developments opened the door for a broader and deeper engagement with various forms of inequality in India — of caste, class, gender, and community — and the possible means for their redress. This course is an intellectual history of the idea of equality in India’s twentieth century.

The figures of M.K. Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar loom large in twentieth century thinking on equality in India. The engagement with the principle of equality came from several different sources that included anti-imperialist political leaders, social reform minded liberals, dalit and backwards caste leaders, Muslim political thinkers, indigenous socialists, and the communist and feminist movements in India. The varied debates on the nature and meaning of equality will be the focus of our exploration in this class. While briefly tracking the genealogy of ideas of equality in the pre-colonial and nineteenth-century history of India, we will concentrate on the more robust form that debates on equality acquired in the twentieth century in India.

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ASIAN 424 - Topics in Modern South Asian History
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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