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Unit 1

A brief outline of Indian history from prehistoric times to the present times.

Contributions of India to world culture and civilization: Indian Philosophy and Religion;Art and Literature; Physical and Social Sciences.

Unit 2

Modern India: Challenges and Possibilities.

Scientific and technological progress in post-independence era; Socio-cultural and political movements after independence; Challenges before the nation today – unemployment – corruption – degradation of cultural and moral values – creation of a new system of education; Creation of a modern and vibrant society rooted in traditional values.

Unit 3

Modern Indian Writing in English: Trends in Contemporary Indian Literature in English

Text Books

  • Material given by the Faculty


  • Selections from The Cultural Heritage of India, 6 volumes, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (Kolkata) publication.
  • Selections from the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Advaita Ashrama publication.
  • Invitations to Indian Philosophy, T. M. P. Mahadevan, University of Madras, Chennai.
  • Outlines of Indian Philosophy, M. Hiriyanna, MLBD.
  • An Advanced History of India, R. C. Majumdar et al, Macmillan.
  • India Since 1526, V. D. Mahajan, S. Chand & Company
  • The Indian Renaissance, Sri Aurobindo.
  • India’s Rebirth, Sri Aurobindo.
  • On Nationalism, Sri Aurobindo.
  • The Story of Civilization, Volume I: Our Oriental Heritage, Will Durant, Simonand Schuster, New York.
  • Eternal Values for a Changing Society, Swami Ranganathananda, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
  • Universal Message of the Bhagavad Gita, Swami Ranganathananda, Advaita Ashrama.
  • Awaken Children: Conversations with Mata Amritanandamayi
  • Indian Aesthetics, V. S. Seturaman, Macmillan.
  • Indian Philosophy of Beauty, T. P. Ramachandran, University of Madras, Chennai.
  • Web of Indian Thought, Sister Nivedita
  • Essays on Indian Nationalism, Anand Kumaraswamy
  • Comparative Aesthetics, Volume 2, Kanti Chandra Pandey, Chowkhamba, Varanasi
  • The Invasion That Never Was, Michel Danino
  • Samskara, U. R. Ananthamurthy, OUP.
  • Hayavadana, Girish Karnard, OUP.
  • Naga-Mandala, Girish Karnard, OUP

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