Indian Political Thought – I

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Week 1 : 1. Literary Sources of Ancient Indian Political thought 2. Nature of Hindu Political Thought 3. Idea of dharma 4. Idea of state and kingship   Week 2 : 5. Fundamental Concepts in Ancient Indian Political thought 6. Brahmanic tradition: Origin and features 7. Shramanic thought: Features 8. Principles of Syncretism in Hinduism and Islam   Week 3 : 9. Buddhism: Concept of Dhamma 10. Buddhist principles of statecraft 11. Origin of the State: State of Nature 12. Origin of the State: The Social Contract   Week 4 : 13. Theory of Kingship in Digha Nikaya 14. Political Philosophy in the Mahabharata 15. The Shantiparva: origin and Nature of state 16. Rajadharma In Shantiparva   Week 5 : 17. Dandaniti in Shantiparva 18. Politics Ethics and Good Governance in the Mahabharata 19. Manusmriti Introducing the text 20. Dharma in Manusmriti   Week 6 : 21. Rajdharma in Manusmriti 22. Principles of Government in Manusmriti 23. Manusmriti principles of social organization 24. Manusmriti code of laws   Week 7 : 25. Introducing Kabir 26. Kabir’s views on Socio-religious dogmas 27. Syncretism in Kabir’s Bijak : Universal humanism 28. Syncretism in Kabir’s Bijak : Monotheism and religious toleration   Week 8 : 29. Syncretism in Kabir’s Bijak : Economic inequalities, livelihood and property 30. Arthashastra: Introducing the text 31. Saptanga Theory of Kautilya 32. Kautilya's Dandaniti   Week 9 : 33. Kautilya: Diplomacy and Mandala theory 34. Kautilya: Principles of Foreign Policy 35. Arthashastra as a manual of good governance 36. Kautilya and Machiavelli : Comparison   Week 10 : 37. Medieval India: State, Society and Religion 38. Features of Islamic thought 39. The State during the Delhi Sultanate 40. Fatwa –i-Jahandari: Analysing the text   Week 11 : 41. Barani's ideas in Kingship 42. Barani: Bureaucracy, Law and Administration 43. The state during the Mughal rule 44. Abul Fazl: Kingship and Sovereignty   Week 12 : 45. Abul Fazl: Social Organization 46. Abul Fazl: Religion and State 47. Akbar’s ideas on justice and toleration 48. Abul Fazl: Administration and Governance

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