Gauhati University TDC 6th Semester  Political Science Notes

 GU 6th Semester Political Science Suggestion



POL HC 6016 Modern Political Philosophy



Sehgal, B.P.Singh,(ed): Human Rights in India, Deep & Deep Publications, New Delhi, 1999 aksena, K.P., (ed): Human Rights: Fifty Years of India’s Independence, Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi, 1999 

Buzarbaruah, Bhupesh Malla and Ripima Buzarbaruah,: Manav Adhikar,Bani Prakash, Guwahati, 2006 

Yasin, Adil-ul, and Archana Upadhyay, : Human Rights, Akansha Publishing House, New Delhi, 2004 

Medhi, Kunja (ed), Status of Women & Social Change, WSRC, Gauhati Univ. 1999 

Hingorani, R.C, Human Rights in India, Oxford and IBH Publishing Company, New Delhi, 1985 



POL HE 6026 Understanding South Asia



I. South Asia- Understanding South Asia as a Region 

Hewitt, V. (1992) ‘Introduction’, in The International Politics of South Asia. Manchester: 

Manchester University Press, pp.1-10. 

Hewitt, V. (2010) ‘International  Politics  of  South  Asia’  in  Brass,  P.  (ed.)  Routledge 

Handbook of South Asian Politics. London: Routledge, pp.399-418. 

Muni, S.D. (2003) ‘South Asia as a Region’, South Asian Journal, 1(1), August-September, 

pp. 1-6 

Baxter,  C.  (ed.)  (1986)  The  Government  and  Politics  of  South  Asia.  London:  Oxford 

University Press, pp.376-394. 

Baxter, C. (2010) ‘Introduction’, Brass, P. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of South Asian Politics. 

London: Routledge, pp.1-24 

I. Politics and Governance 

De Silva, K.M. (2001)‘The Working of Democracy in South Asia’, in Panandikar, V.A (ed.) 

Problems  of  Governance  in  South  Asia.  New  Delhi:  Centre  for  Policy  Research  &  Konark Publishing House, pp. 46-88. 

Wilson, J. (2003) ‘Sri Lanka: Ethnic Strife and the Politics of Space’, in Coakley, J. (ed.) The 

Territorial Management of Ethnic Conflict. Oregon: Frank Cass, pp. 173-193. 

Mendis, D. (2008) ‘South Asian Democracies in Transition’, in Mendis, D. (ed.) Electoral 

Processes and Governance in South Asia. New Delhi: Sage, pp.15-52. 

Subramanyam, K. (2001) ‘Military and Governance in South Asia’, in V.A (ed.) Problems of 

Governance in South Asia. New Delhi: Centre for Policy Research & Konark Publishing 

House, pp.201-208. 

Hachethi, K. and Gellner, D.N.(2010) ‘Nepal : Trajectories of Democracy and Restructuring 

of  the  State’,  in  Brass,  P.  (ed.)  Routledge  Handbook  of  South  Asian  Politics.  London: 

Routledge, pp. 131-146. 

Kukreja,  V.  2011.  ‘Federalism  in  Pakistan’,  in  Saxena  R.  (ed.)  Varieties  of  Federal 

Governance. New Delhi: Foundation Books, pp. 104-130. 

Jha,  N.K.  (2008)  ‘Domestic  Turbulence  in  Nepal:  Origin,  Dimensions  and  India’s  Policy 

Options’, in Kukreja, V. and Singh, M.P. (eds.) Democracy, Development and Discontent in 

South Asia. New Delhi: Sage, pp. 264-281. 

Burki,  S.J.  (2010)  ‘Pakistan’s  Politics  and  its  Economy’,  in  Brass,  P.  (ed.)  Routledge 

Handbook of South Asian Politics. London: Routledge, pp. 83-97. 

Kaul,  N.  (2008)‘Bearing  Better  Witness  in  Bhutan’,  Economic  and  Political  Weekly,  13 

September, pp. 67-69. 

II. Socio-Economic Issues 

Phadnis,  U.(1986)  ‘Ethnic  Conflicts  in  South  Asian  States’,  in  Muni,  S.D.  et.al.  (eds.) 

Domestic Conflicts in South Asia : Political, Economic and Ethnic Dimensions. Vol. 2. New 

Delhi: South Asian Publishers, pp.100-119. 

Kukreja, V. (2003) Contemporary Pakistan. New Delhi: Sage, pp. 75-111 and 112-153. 

III. Regional Issues and Challenges 

Narayan,  S.  (2010)  ‘SAARC  and  South  Asia  Economic  Integration’,  in  Muni,  S.D.  (ed.) 

Emerging dimensions of SAARC. New Delhi: Foundation Books, pp. 32-50. 

Muni,  S.D. and Jetley, R. (2010) ‘SAARC prospects: the Changing Dimensions’, in Muni, 

S.D. (ed.) Emerging dimensions of SAARC. New Delhi: Foundation Books, pp. 1-31. 

Baral, L.R. (2006) ‘Responding to Terrorism: Political and Social Consequences in South 

Asia’,  in  Muni,  S.D.  (ed.)  Responding  to  terrorism  in  South  Asia.  New  Delhi:  Manohar, 


Muni, S.D. (2006) ‘Responding to Terrorism: An Overview’, in Muni, S.D. (ed.) Responding 

to terrorism in South Asia. New Delhi: Manohar, pp.453-469. 

Hoyt,  T.D.  (2005) ‘The War on Terrorism: Implications for South Asia’, in Hagerty, D.T. 

(ed.) South Asia in World Politics. Lanham: Roman and Littlefield Publishers, pp.281-295. 

Lama, M. (2003) ‘Poverty, Migration and Conflict: Challenges to Human Security in South 

Asia’, in Chari, P.R. and Gupta, S. (eds.) Human Security in South Asia: Gender, Energy, 

Migration and Globalisation. New Delhi: Social Science Press, pp. 124-144 

Acharya, J. and Bose, T.K. (2001) ‘The New Search for a Durable Solution for Refugees: 

South  Asia’, in Samaddar, S. and Reifeld, H. (eds.) Peace as Process: Reconciliation and 

Conflict Resolution in South Asia. New Delhi: Vedams ,pp-137-157 

Additional Readings 

Baxter,  C.  (ed.)  (1986)  The  Government  and  Politics  of  South  Asia.  London:  Oxford 

University Press. 

Rizvi, G. (1993) South Asia in a Changing International Order. New Delhi: Sage._ 

Thakur,  R.  and  Wiggin,  O.(ed.)  (2005)  South  Asia  and  the  world.  New  Delhi:  Bookwell. 

Hagerty,  D.T.  (ed.)  (2005)  South  Asia  in  World  Politics,  Oxford:  Rowman  and  Littlefield. 

Samaddar, R.(2002) ‘Protecting the Victims of Forced Migration: Mixed Flows and Massive 

Flows’, in Makenkemp, M. Tongern, P.V. and Van De Veen, H. (eds.) Searching for Peace in 

Central and South Asia. London: Lynne Reinner. 

Kukreja,  V.  and  Singh,  M.P.  (eds)  (2008)  Democracy,  Development  and  Discontent  in 

SouthAsia. New Delhi: Sage.



POL HE 6036 Women, Power and Politics 



I. Groundings 


Essential Readings: 

T. Shinde, (1993) ‘Stree Purusha Tulna’, in K. Lalitha and Susie Tharu (eds), Women Writing 

in India, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, pp. 221-234 

U. Chakravarti, (2001) ‘Pitrasatta Par ek Note’, in S. Arya, N. Menon & J.  Lokneeta  (eds.) aarivaadi Rajneeti: Sangharsh evam Muddey, University of Delhi: Hindi Medium Implementation Board, pp.1-7 

a. Sex Gender Debates 

Essential Reading: 

V Geetha, (2002) Gender, Kolkata, Stree, pp. 1-20 

b. Public and Private 

Essential Reading: 

M. Kosambi, (2007) Crossing the Threshold, New Delhi, Permanent Black, pp. 3-10; 40-46 

c. Power 

Essential Reading: 

N.  Menon,  (2008)  ‘Power’,  in  R.  Bhargava  and  A.  Acharya  (eds),  Political  Theory:  An 

Introduction, Delhi: Pearson, pp.148-157 

Domains of Patriarchy 


Essential Readings: 

R.  Palriwala,  (2008)  ‘Economics  and  Patriliny:  Consumption  and  Authority  within  the Household’ in M. John. (ed) Women's Studies in India, New Delhi: Penguin, pp. 414-423 

b. Community 

Essential Reading: 

U.  Chakravarti,  (2003)  Gendering  Caste  through  a  Feminist  Len,  Kolkata,  Stree,  pp.  139- 159. 

c. State 

Essential Reading: 

C. MacKinnon, ‘The Liberal State’ from Towards a Feminist Theory of State, Available at http://fair-use.org/catharine-mackinnon/toward-a-feminist-theory-of-the-state/chapter-8, Accessed: 19.04.2013. 

Additional Readings: 

K. Millet, (1968) Sexual Politics, Available at 

http://www.marxists.org/subject/women/authors/millett-kate/sexual-politics.htm, Accessed: 


N.  Menon  (2008)  ‘Gender’,  in  R.  Bhargava  and  A.  Acharya  (eds),  Political  Theory:  An Introduction, New Delhi: Pearson, pp. 224-233 

R. Hussain, (1988) ‘Sultana’s Dream’, in Sultana’s Dream and Selections from the Secluded Ones – translated by Roushan Jahan, New York: The Feminist Press 

S. Ray ‘Understanding Patriarchy’, Available at 

http://www.du.ac.in/fileadmin/DU/Academics/course_material/hrge_06.pdf, Accessed: 19.04.2013. 

S. de Beauvoir (1997) Second Sex, London: Vintage. Saheli Women’s Centre, (2007) Talking Marriage, Caste and Community: Women’s Voices from Within, New Delhi: monograph 

II. Feminism 

Essential Readings: 

B. Hooks, (2010) ‘Feminism: A Movement to End Sexism’, in C. Mc Cann and S. Kim (eds), The Feminist Reader: Local and Global Perspectives, New York: Routledge, pp. 51-57 

R.  Delmar,  (2005)  ‘What  is  Feminism?’,  in  W.  Kolmar  &  F.  Bartkowski  (eds)  Feminist Theory: A Reader, pp. 27-37 

III. Movements and Issues 

History of Women’s Movement in India 

Essential Readings: 

I. Agnihotri and V. Mazumdar, (1997) ‘Changing the Terms of Political Discourse: Women’s 

Movement in India, 1970s-1990s’, Economic and Political Weekly, 30 (29), pp. 1869-1878. 

R.  Kapur,  (2012)  ‘Hecklers  to  Power?  The  Waning  of  Liberal  Rights  and  Challenges  to 

Feminism in India’, in A. Loomba South Asian Feminisms, Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp. 333-355 

Violence against Women 

Essential Reading: 

N.  Menon,  (2004) ‘Sexual Violence: Escaping the Body’, in Recovering  Subversion,  New 

Delhi: Permanent Black, pp. 106-165 

IV. Work and Labour 

a. Visible and Invisible work 

Essential Reading: 

P. Swaminathan, (2012) ‘Introduction’, in Women and Work, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, pp.1-17 

b. Reproductive and care work 

Essential Reading: 

J.  Tronto,  (1996)  ‘Care  as  a  Political  Concept’,  in  N.  Hirschmann  and  C.  Stephano, Revisioningthe Political, Boulder: Westview Press, pp. 139-156 

c. Sex work 

Essential Readings: 

Darbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, Kolkata (2011) ‘Why the so-called  Immoral  Traffic (Preventive)  Act  of  India  Should  be  Repealed’,  in  P.  Kotiswaran,  Sex  Work,  New  Delhi, omen Unlimited, pp. 259-262 

N.  Jameela,  (2011)  ‘Autobiography  of  a  Sex  Worker’,  in  P.  Kotiswaran,  Sex  Work,  New Delhi: Women Unlimited, pp. 225-241 

Additional Readings: 

C. Zetkin, ‘Proletarian Woman’, Available at 

http://www.marxists.org/archive/zetkin/1896/10/women.htm, Accessed: 19.04.2013. F. Engles, Family, Private Property and State, Available at 

http://ureadingfromtheleft.com/PDF/EngelsOrigin.pdf, Accessed: 19.04.2013. 

J. Ghosh, (2009) Never Done and Poorly Paid: Women’s Work in Globalising India, Delhi: 

Women  Unlimited  Justice  Verma  Committee  Report,  Available  at  http://nlrd.org/womens-rightsinitiative/ justice-verma-committee-report-download-full-report, Accessed: 19.04.2013. N.  Gandhi  and  N.  Shah,  (1992)  Issues  at  Stake  –  Theory  and  Practice  in  the  Women’s Movement, New Delhi: Kali for Women. 

V.Bryson,  (1992)  Feminist  Political  Theory,  London:  Palgrave-MacMillan,  pp.  175-180; 196- 200 

M. Mies, (1986) ‘Colonisation and Housewifisation’, in Patriarchy  and  Accumulation  on  a World Scale London: Zed, pp. 74-111, Available at 

http://caringlabor.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/maria-mies-colonization-andhousewifization/, Accessed: 19.04.2013. 

R. Ghadially, (2007) Urban Women in Contemporary India, Delhi: Sage Publications. 

S. Brownmiller, (1975) Against our Wills, New York: Ballantine. 

Saheli Women’s Centre (2001) ‘Reproductive Health and Women’s Rights, Sex Selection 

and feminist response’ in S Arya, N. Menon, J. Lokneeta (eds), Nariwadi Rajneeti, Delhi, pp. 284- 306 

V.Bryson (2007) Gender and the Politics of Time, Bristol: Polity Press 

Readings in Hindi: 

D. Mehrotra, (2001) Bhartiya Mahila Andolan: Kal, Aaj aur Kal, Delhi: Books for Change G.  Joshi,  (2004)  Bharat  Mein  Stree  Asmaanta:  Ek  Vimarsh,  University  of  Delhi:  Hindi Medium Implementation Board 

N.  Menon  (2008)  ‘Power’,  in  R.  Bhargava  and  A.  Acharya  (eds)  Political  Theory:  An Introduction, New Delhi: Pearson 

N.  Menon  (2008)  ‘Gender’,  in  R.  Bhargava  and  A.  Acharya  (eds)  Political  Theory:  An Introduction, New Delhi, Pearson 

R. Upadhyay and S. Upadhyay (eds.) (2004) Aaj ka Stree Andolan, Delhi: Shabd Sandhan. 

S.  Arya,  N.  Menon  and  J.  Lokneeta  (eds.)  (2001)  Naarivaadi  Rajneeti:  Sangharsh  evam Muddey, University of Delhi: Hindi Medium Implementation Board.



POL HE 6046 Select Constitutions – II



Almond and Powell, Comparative Politics: A Development Approach, Prentice Hall,1979 

Finer, H, Theory and Practice of Modern Government, Mituban, 1965 

Dahl, Robert, Theory and Practice of Modern Government, Prentice Hall, 1978 

Ray, S. N., Comparative Political Systems, Prentice Hall, 1997 

Longford, W. John & Brownsey, K. Lorne, The Changing Shape of Government in the Asia 

Pacific Region, IRPP, 1988 


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