Study India Program (SIP)

“Know India at the Apt Moment in History”

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Introducing India                                                     

The discourse on India is spread across a spectrum of activities. This is a country which accommodate more than one-sixth of the world population, which speaks in 30 major languages and in more than 1500 different dialects. It is a country that has geographical variations in regions spreading from those with freezing temperatures throughout the year, to places with perennial rainfalls, to deserts. But what has still made the one identity that is called Indian is the sufficiently strong institutional structures that have emerged in this country since its independence from the British in 1947. The effort to build these institutions were on a massive scale, the construction, both intellectual as well as physical, of which was unprecedented and invaluable. But above all what facilitated this construction of a single entity from numerous scattered provinces, presidencies and princely states was the grit accumulated from the history of this nations vast resources.

India’s society, its polity and economy reflects these strong foundations. An accommodative democratic movement facilitated the required changes at crucial moments in history. And at the end of more than 60 years of independence we have a state which seems all the more complex from what we started off with. So to understand India would now mean understanding the various aspects that that constitutes India. From the point of view of any observer, assuming that he sees this country from above, India is a mass of activities. For the observer from above, the Politics, Economy, Society and Entertainment marks different colours which add to the palette of an India Shining. CPPR’s Study India Programme (SIP) presents each of theseactivities in our interactive sessions and provide a space where the participants could involve in all of it through specifically designed field labs.


Politics in India has been a cauldron in which new concoctions have been brewing ever since historical times. India was time and again ruled by varied entities up until the end of the eighteenth century when Britishers ultimately captured power. But what is now a nation-state was a heterogeneous bundle of fragmented geographical entities. The need for independence and the struggle during the later periods consolidated these entities. But until the last there were rouge units waiting to be coerced into the new nation state of India. This story of India’s evolution as one of the largest and most significant country in the world is juxtaposed by the rise and dominance of specific political structures and supporting ideologies. To understand this country requires a time travel through this evolutionary process as well as its internal and external issues. CPPR thus starts our introduction to India by introducing you to the political structure that is India. We cover the following topics with an emphasis on crucial post-independence events which determined the trajectory of our development.

Indian polity

  1. Historical evolution up to Independence
  2. Post-Independence political space in India: Introduction to the Indian Constitution, Federal States-Diversity and the Rise of Rural Pressure Groups, Religion, Caste and the Rise of Regional Political Parities
  3. Challenges to the Liberal Democratic Framework: Left wing Extremism, The period of Emergency, Caste and Communal Violence in India
  4. Changing Role of the state in the Period of Liberalization, The Rise of Religious Ideologies, Conservatism Versus Progressivism and the New Political Economy of Growth Versus Development
  5. India’s Foreign Policy, Major Wars, Post War-Decision andContemporary Conflicts, The Nuclear Status and The Deterrence Debates, Engagements in South Asia and Beyond
  6. India’s administrative systems -The legislative, executive and judiciary. Role of Press/Media and the civil society.

Market & Economy

Managing an economy with one of the largest population was a major challenge from the beginning. What this challenge led to was a series of experiments on handling economic activities by the State. The first forty years since development saw a constant and increasing state interference. This also led to path dependence where innovation from individuals were restricted. However, managing the economy became more and more difficult and the state led development had to be slowly replaced to give importance to market determined development. This was also an important marker between two periods in India, popularly termed as the pre and post liberalization eras. CPPR would focus on providing major developments in the Indian economy during these two periods. This would not only help to understand the changing role of the state but also the major barriers which forced these changes.

Indian Economy

  1. India’s tryst with Destiny, Major Models of Development in the Post-Independence Era; Deciding on Economic Growth,Import Substitution Industrialization, Evolution of Planning and the Influence of the Soviet Regime
  2. State Control and Development: Forty Years of Development Policy in Post-Independence India, Political Leadership and Economic Outcomes: The Urban Versus Rural Bias, The Green and White Revolutions and Experiments with Self-Sufficiency, The Rise of Growth Hubs, Budget, Fiscal Policy and Public Expenditure in India: Challenges and Evolution.
  3. Indian Business Houses and the State-The Policy of Nationalization of Services and the Role of the Market
  4. Pre Versus Post Liberalization through Crucial Figures; the New State and the Market Led Approach; The Role of International Trade and Trading Agreements, The Critique from Capability Approach and Human Development.
  5. The Transition from Agriculture to Services, The Poverty and Inequality Debates and Popular Policy Outcomes, The Role of National and International Migration.
  6. Success stories and case studies : telecom sector, IT Sector – reasons and rationale
  7. Emergence of the affluent middle class and the business communities in India (upward mobility)
  8. The single biggest market called India – prospects and challenges


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Culture & Society

Anyone travelling to India is boggled by the richness of the culture and its diversity, not to forget about the unique “Indianess” which unifies all irrespective of religions,caste,class, clan, sex or ideology. India’s has provided the best laboratory to know and understand culture and society with its interesting mix. CPPR aims to showcase and clarify on How India is unique? How so many religions and customs originated? How you can engage with Indians culturally and otherwise.

  1. Religion in India- Tolerance plurality and secularism
  2. Spiritualism and Temples- Biggest market opportunity
  3. Role of India as a culture capital of World- Opportunities and weaknesses, Influence of west leanings
  4. What defines an Indian- a look into India’s society based on caste, class and religion- Political engagement in Indian society


Entertainment Industry

One of the biggest entertainment industry in world and producing the largest number of films; India has always been astounding and has been quickly adopting the western technical standards. The larger question is whether entertainment starts and ends with Bollywood and its filmstars. Indian dances, drums, artforms and music have percolated different countries and isconsidered unique. CPPR aims to give the big picture of entertainment industry in India and what attracts investment in this high growth sector. With a large fan base and huge opportunities; the entertainment Industry of India is poised to grow at a high pace.

–          How Indian Cinemas is not just Bollywood or Hindi movies- Analysis of other Indian Film Entertainment and its contribution

–          Case Study of Slum Dog Millionaire- A Hollywood film with Indian cast and theme

–          Opportunities of Dance forms, Music (Classical and Indian Pop),Multiplexes, Theatres,

–          Low cost model of Entertainment Industry

–          Why India’s growth is on T.V Serials?- Market opportunities abroad and Indian diaspora

–          Liberalisation of Media- Impact analysis


Field Labs

Field labs will include meetings with the stakeholders in the topic of the study, visit to industries and market places, interaction with the Government administration, meet up with entrepreneurs etc.

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Credit System

Choice based credit system will be followed.


Conduct of the course

The course will be on CPPR calendar from July 2014 onwards. In a year, CPPR is planning to host the course two times. In addition to the regular calendar, CPPR will host the course on demand/request from the academic institutions, foreign delegations, international NGOs etc. Minimum requirement will be 10 students in a batch.


Course Fee

Three weeks course will cost $ 3000 per student inclusive of lodging, food and course fee. Participants will likely share a hotel room with another participant of the same gender.

The course could be customised for the short and long durations. Discounts and scholarships are offered to the meritorious students and groups.


Interested parties can apply to [email protected]


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