Caste is a social institution that sets Indian sub-continent apart from the world. Caste has
also been at the center of debates about politics, history, identity, inequality and justice in
South Asia. This course will introduce participants to caste and its roles in socio-political,
cultural and economic spheres of South Asia. We will engage with the cultural content and
debates surrounding meanings and practice of caste. While unraveling the dynamism of
caste, its dialectic intersections with state and civil society, we will also chart the political
configuration of caste in public policy and legal discourses.

Some of the key questions that we will engage with include: What is caste? Is caste the
defining feature of Hindu Religion? Is caste rigid or fluid? Is it hierarchy or identity? How was
caste codified in pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial period? How does caste intersect
and influence the state and civil society in present times? Why and how are caste and state
policies intertwined in some states of South Asia?

The course will thus cover key developments in the political and cultural roles of caste.
Political configuration of caste in public policy and legal processes is particularly dominant in
India. The geographic focus therefore will be India however recent intersections of caste
and liberal state formation in Nepal too will be covered.

Detailed theoretical overview of the Adivasi and Dalit Movements in India based on an in-depth engagement with the ontological and epistemological bases of their formulations and articulations. The course traces varied adivasi and dalit movements in South and South East Asia, home to 60% of the worlds population, from a politico historical perspective and locates them within pre colonial, colonial and post colonial frameworks.

Teacher: Dr.Shailesh Kumar Darokar and Prof.Bela Bhatia (First Years)

Biswaranjan Tripura, Shailesh Darokar and Bela Bhatia (Second Years)

A self study paper facilitated by faculty around theoreticians, theoretical frameworks and empirical reality. The term paper focuses on methodology, category and academic writing. Advanced Introductory Lectures on Dalit Philosophy-Sramanic Thinking such as Buddha, Mahavira, Ajivikas, Bhutavadins, Tiruvalluvars; Bhakti Movements such as Kabir, Nanak, Tikuram, Vallabha; Modern Dalit Thinkers such as Phule, Iyothee Thass, Narayan Guru, R.Srinivasan, M.C.Rajah and Contemporary Dalit Thinkers such as Dr.BR.Ambedkar,Periyar, Kanshi Ram, Kancha Illiah, Gopal Guru, Mayawati, Aloysius and on Tribal Studies formulated around a Pre and Post Xaxa phase are delivered by Experts on the above subjects over the period of the course.

The course engages with the Indian village from a critical perspective. Together with theoretical class engagement focussed on methodology around the notion of epistemological communities, students spend 7 full working days in the field with excluded communities to get a lived experience and an empirical understanding of caste oppression and marginalization in India.

Course Teacher: Mr.bodhi s.r

This course dwells historically on the evolution of Political Theory from a Dalit and Tribal Perspective.It begins with Special Lectures on Greek Metaphysics, British Empiricism, French Collectivism, German Idealism,Materialism and Phenomenology and American Pragmatism and ends with Dr.BR Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and Mayawati within Dalit Politics and Jaipal Singh, Nichols Roy and Purno Sangma within Tribal Politics.

Course Teacher: Prof.P. Mondal

Conceptualizing and articulating a Critical Indian Social Work perspective from below and from within, encapsulating critical theoretical engagement with caste-tribe intersections. The course interrogates debates concerning ethics and meta ethics in Indian Social work practice and theorizes anti oppressive, emancipatory social work paradigms premised on anti caste and tribe centric formulations. The course also examines the ideas of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar and other anti caste protagonist in India and circumscribes progressive tribal world views based on life world conceptions.

Course Teacher: Prof.Bipin Jojo

Global movements of indigenous peoples focusing on Africa, South America, North America, Asia and Australia. Students are introduced to the framework of geopolitics and geopolitical conceptions and proceeds to analyze global reality from an indigenous people's perspective.

Course Teacher: Mr.Biswaranjan Tripura