COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Glimpses into the Indian Mind - the Growth of Modern India
Course Code: 
15HUM231
Year Taught: 
2015
2016
2017
2018
Type: 
Elective
Degree: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School: 
School of Engineering
Campus: 
Bengaluru
Chennai
Coimbatore
Amritapuri

'Glimpses into the Indian Mind - the Growth of Modern India' is a course offered in the B. Tech. programs at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

Introduction

General Introduction; ‘His + Story’ or ‘History’ ?; The concepts of ‘nation’, ‘national identity’ and ‘nationalism’; Texts and Textualities: Comparative Perspectives.

Unit 2

Selected writings / selections from the complete works of the following authors will be taken up for study in a chronological order:

Raja Ram Mohan Roy; Dayananda Saraswati; Bal Gangadhar Tilak; Rabindranath Tagore;

Unit 3

Selected writings / selections from the complete works of the following authors will be taken up for study in a chronological order:

Swami Vivekananda; Sri Aurobindo; Ananda K. Coomaraswamy; Sister Nivedita; Mahatma Gandhi; Jawaharlal Nehru; B.R. Ambedkar; Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, the Paramacharya of Kanchi; Dharampal; Raja Rao; V.S. Naipaul.

Conclusion.

  • Tilak, Bal Gangadhar.The Orion / Arctic Home in the Vedas.
  • Tagore, Rabindranath. The History of Bharatavarsha / On Nationalism / Greater India.
  • Vivekananda, Swami. “Address at the Parliament of Religions”/“The Future of India”/“In Defence of Hinduism” from Selections from the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.
  • Aurobindo, Sri. The Renaissance in India / On Nationalism.
  • Coomaraswamy, Ananda K. Essays in Indian Idealism (any one essay) / Dance of Shiva.
  • Nivedita, Sister. “Noblesse Oblige: A Study of Indian Caste” / “The Eastern Mother” from The Web of Indian Life.
  • Gandhi, Mahatma. Hind Swaraj.
  • Nehru, Jawaharlal. “The Quest” from Discovery of India.
  • Ambedkar, B. R. “Buddha and His Dhamma” from Collected Works.
  • Saraswati, Chandrasekharendra. “The Sastras and Modern Life” from The Hindu Dharma.
  • Dharampal. Bharatiya Chitta, Manas and Kala / Understanding Gandhi.
  • Naipaul, V. S. India: A Wounded Civilization / India: A Million Mutinies Now.