Department of Political Science
Kirori Mal College
University of Delhi
In association with
Forum for Democracy and Society
is organising a
Three months intensive lecture series on
Constitution of India & the Idea of Social Justice
From November 26, 2021
Call for Registration
About Department of Political Science
Who we are: The Department of political science was founded in 1954. At 67 and being as vigorous academically, it is one of the oldest departments established in the college. It offers a multidisciplinary orientation in political science, on that transcends parochial disciplinary barrier to firmly ground students’ understanding in practical political affairs. Such as education exposes students to different, yet mutually reinforcing dimensions of politics- ‘ national and international’ in their larger social context. Students are encouraged to engage in critical thinking and lively debate, to draw links between theory; politics and current affairs.
Our faculty and students: the department attracts the brightest of students from all over the country who are put under the guidance of the most inspirational faculty with strong teaching and research credentials. The faculty is a blend of senior scholarly and young energetic teachers committed to maintaining highest academic standards.
What do we do: the department offers a wide array of courses on Indian nationalism, Indian government and politics to political theory and philosophy to international relations and contemporary global economy, just to name a few. The teaching is supported by regular seminars, conferences and periodic visits to places of political importance such as the Indian parliament and Rashtrapati Bhavan under the auspices of departmental society- La Politique. It also offers interdisciplinary courses attracting the students from across departments. The chief objective is to turn our students into well-rounded individuals not only as scholars but as better human beings and committed citizens.
Alumni: many of our alumni move on to pursue higher studies in the universities at hime and abroad. They have carved their successful careers not only as academics but as prominent bureaucrats, media persons, politicians, social workers and heads of educational institutions. Amrendar Sinha- IAS oficer, Manoj Sinha-Principal of Aryabhatta College, Srimarthi Chakravarthy- East Asian Studies, University of Delhi are some of our distinguished alumni.
Legacy: The department owes a debt of gratitude to our former colleagues who laid the foundation of an academic culture and contributed significantly to the growth go the discipline in and across the university. Such eminent scholars as Nand Lal Gupta, Yogesh Puri, H.C. Arya, B.B. Sarkar, A.K. Raina and M.S. Sansanwal served as faculty and continue to inspire us. In Frank Thakurdas, the department is proud to say that it had an eminent scholar but also the founding father of theatre society of the college- Players- which trained a host of successful actors in Hindi Cinema. He was as well the founder of La Politique and Debsoc -the college debating society.
Social Justice as a concept paves for the prevalence of justice in all format in the society. If the individual and groups of individuals can receive a fair treatment and equal share among the benefits therein, social justice can very well be established. However, there are many contemporary issues when we talk about social justice, mainly pertaining to upliftment of the marginalised sections of the society- with respect to depressed classes or women empowerment. The very fact that social exclusion still prevails in our society in one form or the other needs our attention.
There is no denial of the fact that India has long been plagued by the virulent caste based discrimination. As we celebrate the 74th independence day this year, we cannot take pride in saying that despite being independent for this long, India continue to remain within the clutches of caste system. Although, the noble vision of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar gets enshrined in Indian constitution but the question still arises- have we achieved political, social and economic equality? Can India ensure social justice against caste based discrimination?In the current cataclysmic pandemic, such question still persist to be relevant and requires critical analysis.
Ambedkar conceived the notion of Caste as a product of sustained endogamy, whereby each caste is prevented from encroaching into other’s domain in order to preserve the purity of one’s caste. It is nothing but a rigid stratification of society into four divisions based on one’s birth. Entitlement of an individual is determined not by one’s worth, but by birth. It is based on ascending scale of reverence and descending scale of contempt. The presence of Caste in our society prevents the formation of a feeling of ‘being kith and kin’. Ambedkar called caste as ‘anti-national’ since it prevents to develop a common feeling of brotherhood amongst the citizens of the country.
Furthermore, analysis of the concept of social justice becomes parochial if we do not heed into the indispensability of establishing gender justice. The very idea of women empowerment is rendered meaningless if the structural and systemic connection between the caste system and patriarchal forces is not explored. The absence of adequate and equal socio-economic and political participation of the women in the public sphere continue to deprive the country of any sound notion of the social justice.
The three-months intensive lecture series aims to draw students’ insights into constitution of India and help them to establish the intricate relations that exist between the constitutional provisions and the idea of Social Justice in contemporary times. The lecture series intends to explore the different ways in which light can be thrown upon the existing constitutional provisions in improving the lives of depressed classes. It also aims at invoking and igniting awareness into the minds of the students, so as to acquaint them with Indian constitutional provisions, enforcement of which do away with principles of inequality prevailing in the society.
Overall, this lecture series is an effort to prepare students of non- Political Science discipline to explore avenues in neoteric post-covid world, in doing with the systemic discrimination generated by the caste system, by gender injustices. This would familiarise them, not just with what is given in the text, but also with the contemporary issues prevailing during this time.
- Registration is open to all the students of non-political science background, especially those who are onto their sixth semester
- Lecture series would be undertaken by interested lecturers from Political Science academia. They would be facilitated with a certificate and honorarium in return
- Lectures would take place from 4PM to 5:30PM in the evening, over the weekend from Friday to Sunday
Prof. Vibha Chauhan
Kirori Mal College
Dr. Shyam Kumar
Dept. of Political Science
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