Rebooting India

Rebooting India

This course takes a close look at the 2015 book Rebooting india: Realizing a billion aspirations by Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah. Drawing on their experiences building Aadhaar, the book envisions how digital technologies can reimagine government services and fundamentally change the relationship with its citizens. See this course for press coverage of the book, reviews, and quizzes based on the book’s content.

Make in India Introduction

Make in India Introduction

Our Make in India course explores the Government of India’s flagship initiative to increase manufacturing in the country. Take this short course to learn more about the initiative, the context surrounding it, and voices on both sides of the debate.

Our first unit considers some of the big questions regarding the “Make in India” initiative. First, what is the initiative? Who is leading it? We then look into the context of the campaign: how does it fit into India’s current manufacturing landscape? And, how does India fit into the global manufacturing landscape? The third unit examines the challenges or barriers that companies currently or traditionally have faced when “making” in India. With an understanding of this context and barriers in place, the following unit presents the case for making in India. What is the opportunity to make in India and how can it be realized? The final unit concludes with a brief consideration of the future of manufacturing not just in India, but across the world. How will the acceleration of technology impact the “Make in India” efforts?

Take a quiz on each unit to test your knowledge and join the online discussions to debate the issues raised!

By Word of Mouth: The Languages of India

By Word of Mouth: The Languages of India

India is like an “ancient palimpsest on which layer upon layer of thought and reverie had been inscribed, and yet no succeeding layer had completely hidden or erased what had been written previously,” writes Jawaharlal Nehru in The Discovery of India. The story of India is a fantastical fable scripted in babel of tongues, protean in its very nature and form, malleable to the currents of history, and inassimilable into any one single idea of truth. In this course, we will travel across India by word of mouth so to speak, sifting through the layers of history with its diverse languages as our tour guides. Languages shape the contours of thought, defining the ethos of a particular culture, and ultimately offering a kaleidoscopic view of a nation that remains inarticulable in any one language. The idea of India is a dialectical nightmare, especially when language is employed as a divisive force. However, it is also through language that we will seek to gain a passage to India in spite of encountering such aporias. This course intends to offer an overview of the linguistic diversity of India, with language serving as the confluence point of social, political, religious, economic and cultural changes.

India’s Internet

India’s Internet

Despite only about 33% of India having internet access, the country already has over 400m users – which is more than the United States. As more Indians come online, how will this shape the internet as a whole? What will the internet look like when the majority of Indians are connected– and accessing it in often very different contexts than Western predecessors?

India’s Religious Diversity

India’s Religious Diversity

In addition to homegrown religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, India has also seen the arrival of religions like Islam and Christianity– not to mention serving as a refuge for adherents of Judaism, Zoroastrianism, and the Baha’i Faith. This course looks at India’s incredible diversity between and within religions today. How can we explain in historical and cultural terms India’s current religious diversity?

India in the Climate Change Debate

India in the Climate Change Debate

The global climate change negotiations have been one arena where India’s multiple identities have been most visible. Should India be seen as a poor developing country? Or an emerging economy and future world power? Should it been seen in per capita terms or together as a giant entity? How does India balance domestic concerns vs. aspirations of global (and/or) developing world leadership? This course analyses India’s role in the climate change debates in the context of India’s international relations.