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    Programme Overview and Experience


    What is the story of India since its inception 75 years ago? How did its foundational politics shape what the country became? How can its subsequent social, economical and cultural trajectory tell us about where the country is today? After 75 years as a nation, what hopes, fears and progress can Indians look forward to? This fascinating multidisciplinary programme will look at all these questions and more, giving learners a comprehensive, analytical overview of India since independence. Led by some of India's leading scholars and public intellectuals, the programme has been uniquely crafted by Ashoka University, India's leading liberal arts and sciences university, to appeal to all learners, regardless of age or background.

    12 WEEKEND MODULES | LIVE - ONLINE | 4 HOUR SESSIONS


    Programme Faculty

    Sunil Khilnani

    Sunil Khilnani

    Professor of Politics and History, Ashoka University

    Ph. D. Cambridge University

    Sunil Khilnani is a globally renowned scholar of politics and history.

    He was the Founder and Director of the King’s India Institute at King’s College London from 2011 to 2019 . Prior to this he was Starr Foundation Professor at John Hopkins University, where he was the founder and director of South Asia Studies. He has also taught at Birkbeck University, London, and held several Visiting Professorships at Seikei University, Tokyo and at Princeton University.

    He is the author of The Idea of India, and examination of the foundations of modern India that is recognized as a classic in its field. His most recent publication is Incarnations: India in 50 Lives, which was also a 50-part BBC Radio and podcast series: it recounts 2500 years of Indian history through the lives and thoughts of 50 individuals from the subcontinent.

    He is currently Professor of Politics and History at Ashoka University and Dean of the AshokaX initiative.

    Sunil Khilnani

    Professor of Politics and History, Ashoka University

    Ph. D. Cambridge University

    Sunil Khilnani is a globally renowned scholar of politics and history.

    He was the Founder and Director of the King’s India Institute at King’s College London from 2011 to 2019 . Prior to this he was Starr Foundation Professor at John Hopkins University, where he was the founder and director of South Asia Studies. He has also taught at Birkbeck University, London, and held several Visiting Professorships at Seikei University, Tokyo and at Princeton University.

    He is the author of The Idea of India, an examination of the foundations of modern India that is recognized as a classic in its field. His most recent publication is Incarnations: India in 50 Lives, which was also a 50-part BBC Radio and podcast series: it recounts 2500 years of Indian history through the lives and thoughts of 50 individuals from the subcontinent.

    He is currently Professor of Politics and History at Ashoka University and Dean of the AshokaX initiative.

    Madhavi Menon

    Dr. Madhavi Menon

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality

    Director of the PhD Programme in English

    Ph.D. Tufts University

    Madhavi Menon is an eminent theorist and scholar of gender, sexuality, politics, and identity. 

    She joined Ashoka University in 2013 as one of its founding faculty members. She went on to establish the university’s Centre for Gender & Sexuality Studies (CSGS), which is the first of its kind in India. Previously, she was a professor at Ithaca College and American University

    Most prominently known for her work on queer theory and Shakespeare, she has also edited the collection Shakesqueer and written three books on Shakespeare and sexuality. She is also most recently the author of Infinite Varieties: A History of Desire in India and Law of Desire: Rulings on Sex & Sexuality in India. 

    In addition to being Director of CSGS, she is the Director of the Ph.D. programme in English and Professor of English at Ashoka University.

    Madhavi Menon

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality

    Director of the PhD Programme in English

    Ph.D. Tufts University

    Madhavi Menon is an eminent theorist and scholar of gender, sexuality, politics, and identity. 

    She joined Ashoka University in 2013 as one of its founding faculty members. She went on to establish the university’s Centre for Gender & Sexuality Studies (CSGS), which is the first of its kind in India. Previously, she was a professor at Ithaca College and American University

    Most prominently known for her work on queer theory and Shakespeare, she has also edited the collection Shakesqueer and written three books on Shakespeare and sexuality. She is also most recently the author of Infinite Varieties: A History of Desire in India and Law of Desire: Rulings on Sex & Sexuality in India. 

    In addition to being Director of CSGS, she is the Director of the Ph.D. programme in English and Professor of English at Ashoka University.

    Rudrangshu Mukherjee

    Dr. Rudrangshu Mukherjee

    Chancellor, Professor of History, Ashoka University

    D. Phil. Oxford University

    Rudrangshu Mukherjee is an internationally renowned historian and author and the founding Vice-Chancellor of Ashoka University. 

    He was previously Editor, Editorial Pages of The Telegraph, Kolkata and has taught History at the University of Calcutta and held visiting appointments at Princeton University, the University of Manchester and University of California.  

    His works on the Revolt of 1857, beginning with Awadh in Revolt, 1857-58: A Study of Popular Resistance, and including his recent A Begum & A Rani: Hazrat Mahal and Lakshmibai in 1857 have become the standard reference in the field. He has also authored and edited several books on other themes, most significantly on the leaders and ideas that have made modern India, including The Penguin Gandhi Reader, New Delhi: The Making of a Capital, Great Speeches of Modern India, Nehru & Bose: Parallel Lives and most recently Tagore & Gandhi : Walking Alone, Walking Together.

    Prof. Mukherjee is currently Chancellor and Professor of History at Ashoka University.

    Rudrangshu Mukherjee

    Chancellor, Professor of History, Ashoka University

    D. Phil. Oxford University

    Rudrangshu Mukherjee is an internationally renowned historian and author and the founding Vice-Chancellor of Ashoka University. 

    He was previously Editor, Editorial Pages of The Telegraph, Kolkata and has taught History at the University of Calcutta and held visiting appointments at Princeton University, the University of Manchester and University of California.  

    His works on the Revolt of 1857, beginning with Awadh in Revolt, 1857-58: A Study of Popular Resistance, and including his recent A Begum & A Rani: Hazrat Mahal and Lakshmibai in 1857 have become the standard references in the field. He has also authored and edited several books on other themes, most significantly on the leaders and ideas that have made modern India, including The Penguin Gandhi Reader, New Delhi: The Making of a Capital, Great Speeches of Modern India, Nehru & Bose: Parallel Lives and most recently Tagore & Gandhi : Walking Alone, Walking Together.

    Prof. Mukherjee is currently Chancellor and Professor of History at Ashoka University.

    Pulapre Balakrishnan

    Pulapre Balakrishnan

    Professor of Economics, Ashoka University

    Ph.D. University of Cambridge

    Professor Balakrishnan is a Professor of Economics at Ashoka University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. His best known work includes Pricing and Inflation in India and Economic Growth in India: History and Prospect. He is most recently the author of India’s Economy from Nehru to Modi : A Brief History.

    His previous appointments have been at Oxford University and the Indian Statistical Institute at Delhi. His professional assignments have included serving as the Country Economist for Ukraine at the World Bank, as well as consultant for the RBI, United Nations Development Program, and the International Labour Organization. He has written extensively in the media. Balakrishnan is the recipient of the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contribution to Development Studies (2014).


    Pulapre Balakrishnan

    Professor of Economics, Ashoka University

    Ph.D. University of Cambridge

    Professor Balakrishnan is a Professor of Economics at Ashoka University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. His best known works include Pricing and Inflation in India and Economic Growth in India: History and Prospect. He is most recently the author of India’s Economy from Nehru to Modi : A Brief History.

    His previous appointments have been at Oxford University and the Indian Statistical Institute at Delhi. His professional assignments have included serving as the Country Economist for Ukraine at the World Bank, as well as consultant for the RBI, United Nations Development Program, and the International Labour Organization. He has written extensively in the media. Balakrishnan is the recipient of the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contribution to Development Studies (2014).


    Taylor C. Sherman

    Dr Taylor C. Sherman

    Associate Professor, London School of Economics Department of International History

    Taylor Sherman is a historian, with a specialized focus on the cultural and political history of South Asia. 

    Initially teaching Extra-European History at Cambridge, she went on to hold a position as a postdoctoral fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London.

    Her research is broadly interested in the dynamic interaction between social movements and governing institutions. She has previously published books on citizenship issues and margnizalied communities, such as Muslim Belonging in Secular India: Negotiating Citizenship in Postcolonial Hyderabad. Her most recent book, Nehru’s India: A History in Seven Myths, is published with the Princeton University Press and Penguin Random House India and will be released in the Autumn of 2022.

    She is Professor of South Asian History at the Department of International History at the London School of Economics

    Dr. Taylor C. Sherman

    Associate Professor, Department of International History, London School of Economics

    Taylor Sherman is a historian, with a specialized focus on the cultural and political history of South Asia. 

    Initially teaching Extra-European History at Cambridge, she went on to hold a position as a postdoctoral fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London.

    Her research is broadly interested in the dynamic interaction between social movements and governing institutions. She has previously published books on citizenship issues and margnizalied communities, such as Muslim Belonging in Secular India: Negotiating Citizenship in Postcolonial Hyderabad. Her most recent book, Nehru’s India: A History in Seven Myths, is published with the Princeton University Press and Penguin Random House India and will be released in the autumn of 2022.

    She is Professor of South Asian History at the Department of International History at the London School of Economics

    Amita Baviskar

    Dr Taylor C. Sherman

    Associate Professor, London School of Economics Department of International History

    Taylor Sherman is a historian, with a specialized focus on the cultural and political history of South Asia. 

    Initially teaching Extra-European History at Cambridge, she went on to hold a position as a postdoctoral fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London.

    Her research is broadly interested in the dynamic interaction between social movements and governing institutions. She has previously published books on citizenship issues and margnizalied communities, such as Muslim Belonging in Secular India: Negotiating Citizenship in Postcolonial Hyderabad. Her most recent book, Nehru’s India: A History in Seven Myths, is published with the Princeton University Press and Penguin Random House India and will be released in the Autumn of 2022.

    She is Professor of South Asian History at the Department of International History at the London School of Economics

    Amita Baviskar

    Dean, Faculty and Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology and Anthropology, Ashoka University

    Ph.D. Cornell University

    Amita Baviskar’s work on environmental change and social inequality has been fundamental to developing the field of environmental sociology in India. The Infosys Prize and several other honours recognize the importance of her research.

    She has taught at the University of Delhi and the Institute of Economic Growth, and has been a visiting scholar at several universities including Stanford, Cornell, SciencesPo, and the University of Cape Town. She has served as a member of the Forest Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. 

    Her books In the Belly of the River and Uncivil City and other works focus on resource rights, popular movements, and discourses on environmentalism spanning urban and rural geographies. She also writes on food, ecology and politics in scholarly as well as popular publications.

    She is Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology-Anthropology at Ashoka University.

    Rita Kothari

    Rita Kothari

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, MA in English Programme

    Ph.D. Gujarat University

    Rita Kothari is a multilingual scholar and translator whose work spans across different disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. Her questions emerge from observations of regions and communities in the western part of the Indian subcontinent—Gujarat, Kutch, and Sindh.

    Her ethnographic research on marginal communities—through religion, caste, occupation, and gender—focuses upon narratives of identity, raising questions of both linguistic and cultural translation. Kothari has translated extensively from Gujarati and Sindhi into English, and occasionally vice versa. Her translations, as well as her edited volumes, have made significant contributions to the field of language politics and translation. Movement across languages, contexts, and cultures form the fulcrum of her interests, making translation the prism through which she sees the Indian context.

    Her latest book, Uneasy Translations: Self, Experience and Indian Literature, interweaves her personal journey as an academic into reflections around self, language, and translation – with an eye upon the intangibly available category of experience. It is available here.

    Rita Kothari

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, MA in English Programme

    Ph.D. Gujarat University

    Rita Kothari is a multilingual scholar and translator whose work spans across different disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. Her questions emerge from observations of regions and communities in the western part of the Indian subcontinent—Gujarat, Kutch, and Sindh.

    Her ethnographic research on marginal communities—through religion, caste, occupation, and gender—focuses upon narratives of identity, raising questions of both linguistic and cultural translation. Kothari has translated extensively from Gujarati and Sindhi into English, and occasionally vice versa. Her translations, as well as her edited volumes, have made significant contributions to the field of language politics and translation. Movement across languages, contexts, and cultures form the fulcrum of her interests, making translation the prism through which she sees the Indian context.

    Her latest book, Uneasy Translations: Self, Experience and Indian Literature, interweaves her personal journey as an academic into reflections around self, language, and translation – with an eye upon the intangibly available category of experience. It is available here.

    Arvind Panagariya

    Rita Kothari

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, MA in English Programme

    Ph.D. Gujarat University

    Rita Kothari is a multilingual scholar and translator whose work spans across different disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. Her questions emerge from observations of regions and communities in the western part of the Indian subcontinent—Gujarat, Kutch, and Sindh.

    Her ethnographic research on marginal communities—through religion, caste, occupation, and gender—focuses upon narratives of identity, raising questions of both linguistic and cultural translation. Kothari has translated extensively from Gujarati and Sindhi into English, and occasionally vice versa. Her translations, as well as her edited volumes, have made significant contributions to the field of language politics and translation. Movement across languages, contexts, and cultures form the fulcrum of her interests, making translation the prism through which she sees the Indian context.

    Her latest book, Uneasy Translations: Self, Experience and Indian Literature, interweaves her personal journey as an academic into reflections around self, language, and translation – with an eye upon the intangibly available category of experience. It is available here.

    Arvind Panagariya

    Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of

    Indian Political Economy at Columbia University

    PhD Princeton University

    Arvind Panagariya is Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of

    Indian Political Economy at Columbia University.

    He served as the first Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog, Government of India in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. During this time, he also served as India’s G20 Sherpa and led the Indian teams that negotiated the G20 Leaders’ Communiqués during presidencies of Turkey (2015), China (2016) and Germany (2017).

    Professor Panagariya is a former Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and was on the faculty of the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park. During those years, he also worked with the World Bank, IMF and UNCTAD in various capacities.

    Professor Panagariya is a prolific writer. He has authored or edited 20 books. The latest among them are Free Trade and Prosperity and India Unlimited. His book India: The Emerging Giant was listed as a top pick of 2008 by The Economist and described as the “definitive book on the Indian economy” by Fareed Zakaria of CNN. The Economist has described his book, Why Growth Matters, (with Jagdish Bhagwati) as “a manifesto for policymakers and analysts.”

    Scientific papers by Professor Panagariya have appeared in the top economics journals while policy papers by him have appeared in the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. He writes a monthly column in the Times of India and his guest columns have appeared in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and India Today.

    In March 2012, the Government of India honoured Professor Panagariya with Padma

    Bhushan, the third highest civilian honours the country bestows in any field.

    Shivshankar Menon