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Indian Political Thought–From Ancient to Contemporary

Offered by:

1. School of Ethics, Governance, Culture & Social Systems


Political Science


45 hours over 15 weeks

Eligibility :

18 years old and above; knowledge of written and spoken English.

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This basic workshop for students aged 18 and above, introduces them to the critical understanding and evolution of ‘Indian political thought from ancient India to the present times’—Vyasa to Shri Narendra Modi. This workshop has been prepared keeping in mind the interest of young scholars’ in understanding the true spirit of the political debates happening around them. Quite often, the categories of political thought, developed by western scholars of politics seems to create conceptual difficulty for an Indian mind. This course will attempt to fix this deficiency by following the narration of Indian Political thought and thinkers from the ancient period to contemporary times. Wherever possible, there will be discussions on the political and historical scenario in which such thoughts had considerable influence over the society existing then. The course also aligns with the syllabus of the Political Science paper for the UPSC (Mains) Civil Service examination.

Course Structure


Classes will be held twice a week for 1.5 hours for 15 weeks (45 hours in total)
Start Week: 28 Sep – 03 Oct 2020
Session Timing: 

  • Friday: 2.00 – 3.30 pm
  • Saturday: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm


Workshop Objectives

This workshop aims to:

  • Create awareness among students about Indian political thinkers and how they envisioned State and Society.
  • To develop conceptual clarity in students to have a clear perspective of the western categories of political ideologies in understanding and conceptualising Indian political thought and action.
  • To create a general understanding of the subject of political science and theory.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Students will learn about Indian political thoughts, various thinkers and through their work about the nature of Indian Society and State.
  • Students shall learn the basic elements of political theory and conceptualise different content.
  • Students will be equipped, in turn, to generate ideas on Indian political behaviour and to participate meaningfully in the political process of the nation.

Workshop Structure


The workshop will be conducted through lectures, discussions, interactions and assignments. The lectures will introduce the concepts and themes and prompt the students to think about the significance of political thought in daily life. The workshop is student-driven and they will be required to make group and individual presentations based on their analysis.

Evaluation Pattern:

A continuous evaluation process will be followed on a multiple component basis. It shall be based on the idea that a student should be able to display steady growth in political analysis. 



Marks allocation

Case study


Weekly Reflection Note


Individual Assignments


Project and Presentation



A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to those who complete the requirements pertaining to all the segments of the workshop.


INR 6000 (inclusive of taxes)

Course Instructor

Dr. Vanisree Ramanathan is an Associate Professor at CVV’s School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social Systems (EGCS). She has 15 years of teaching and research experience in interdisciplinary areas of sociology, political science and Law. Her Ph.D. was on ‘Impact of Public Policy on Women in India’. She has served at the Symbiosis Law School, Pune and MIT School of Government in Pune.

She is an expert in using experiential learning methodology and participatory development paradigms. Her research areas include public policy, good governance, human rights, urban governance, legal education and feminist jurisprudence. She has single-handedly spearheaded the MIT School of Government’s study group interactions with European organisations such as the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Parliament, UNESCO, WTO, ICC, ICJ, NATO, The Hague University etc.

Refund Policy

Timeline for cancellation

Refund Status*

3 days before the workshop begins

100% of the registration fee (less administrative fee)

1 week into the workshop

50% of the registration fee (less administrative fee)

10 days into the workshop

No refund

*All refunds are subject to an administrative fee (10% of the registration fee).

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