Syllabus:The course does not have a rigidly fixed syllabus, and is designed to
incorporate the research interests of students who take the course in each
successive year. Broad topics that can be covered include the following areas:
1. Historical understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural
issues in India.
2. Legal and constitutional history – Ancient Indian and medieval traditions
of law, Law in India during the colonial era, Post-independence legal developments
3. Structure of government and the judiciary – Powers of the
Legislature, Executive and the judiciary as well as other important
institutions of democratic governance.
4. Analysis of Institutions in India:
Parliament, political parties, the Supreme Court, the Election Commission, the Press,
5. Broad trends in the jurisprudence evolved by courts in post-independent
India–rights and Public Interest Litigation (PIL) jurisprudence, Administrative
Law innovations, non-constitutional law in important areas, etc.
6. Liberalisation/Privatisation/Law and
Development issues – changes in the telecom and Information Technology sectors,
7. Secularism and Religion issues; Caste and Affirmative
8. Arbitration/ADR, Intellectual Property laws, Outsourcing etc.
Other topics will be included
based on student interest, availability of materials, and the topical nature of
the issue concerned. The course does not
rely upon any single textbook and employs reading materials from a variety of
sources, all of which will be listed in the finalised syllabus. The assigned readings for each class will
either be distributed or posted on IVLE ahead of class. Readings categorised as ‘mandatory’ are required, whereas those classified
as ‘suggested’ are optional. A number of
books have been put on RBR, and are available for short term loans from the CJ
Koh library. I have deliberately
included only those books which are available either in the CJ Koh or the