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Indian society

1. Salient features of Indian society • What is Indian society • Is it a mental construct or a living reality • Features of Indian society • Changes within Indian society and their repercussions • Causes of changes • Coping mechanisms derived • Indian society today 2. Diversity of India • What is diversity • Types of diversities in India • Can diversity be equated with difference • The unity in diversity- a reality or a chimera • Some examples • Manner of reconciliation 3. Role of women’s organizations • What are Women’s organizations • Women’s organizations in Indian history • Types of women’s organizations • Level of penetration • Women’s organization – a ray of hope few case studies • Should women’s organization be female centric or a positive change in the structure is the need of the hour- an appraisal • Problems faced by women’s organizations • Is a larger vocal role possible and ways to achieve the same 4. Poverty and development issues • Poverty – Definition and concept • Concept of development • Development and poverty –the matrix • Sen Vs Bhagwati model • Crisis of development • Certain case studies • Is filling the chasm possible- and how so • Government’s initiatives and the five year plans • Role of civil society organizations • How far how long- an assessment. 5. Population and associated issues • What is population- meaning and concept • Different components of population • Problem of IMR, MMR and TFR • International Targets(MDGs) and India’s story • Government’s initiatives for the same • Family planning and the problems • Demographic dividend and the way to capitalize it 6. Urbanization , their problems and remedies • Urbanization introduction through census 2011 • Urbanization and issues I. Transport II. Waste disposal III. Rural-urban migration IV. Sanitation V. Environment VI. Housing VII. Water depletion VIII. Pollution • Steps taken by GOI • Issues and reforms needed • 12th five year plan 7. Effects of globalization on Indian society • What is the meaning of globalization • Meaning of Indian society • Kinds of impact of globalization – economic, political, developmental and socio-cultural • Is the impact solely positive or negative an assessment. 8. Social empowerment • Meaning and concept of social empowerment • Why do we need social empowerment • Specific sections for whom social empowerment is the life blood • Social empowerment through the five year plans • Government’s initiatives for empowerment • Empowerment in reality and India’s experience • Other approaches /players/tools for social empowerment and some case studies on the same • Conclusion – today’s state and way forward 9. Communalism • Meaning and concept of communalism • Historicity of communalism • Is it an ideology or just some random events -a relook • Recent incidents • Role of third parties in inciting/perpetrating communalism • Communalism under the law • Can communalism eradicated from the Indian society completely • How and the way forward. 10. Secularism • Meaning and concept of secularism • Secularism through the vantage point of Indian Constitution • Comparisons of models • Gandhi ji on religion • Indian philosophy on secularism • Threats on the secular spirit • Is the Indian democracy mature enough to handle the gravity of secularism in the light of lok-sabha election results 2014. • Do we need to work upon Indian brand of secularism and how is that going to be possible 11. Regionalism • Meaning and concept of regionalism • Why regionalism • Theories on regionalism • Regionalism in its various manifestations • Role of various players • Recent incidents causing a wave of flurry • Possible ways to tackle the same
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