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The King’s India Institute offers a unique and exciting environment for the in-depth study of India. Promoting an inter-disciplinary understanding of India in a comparative global context, the Institute coordinates and develops India-related research capabilities. Students can draw on academic expertise in a range of disciplines, and supervision may be provided from within the Institute or jointly with other faculty within the College. 

Recent publications:

o The Idea of India

o Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India

o Remapping India: New States and their Political Origins

o Forged in Crisis

o Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia

o The Measure of a Tribe: The Cultural Politics of Constitutional Reclassification in North India

o Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalisation

o Does Access to Institutional Agricultural Credit Depend on Caste?

o Evolution of India's Agni-V Missile Bureaucratic Politics and Nuclear Ambiguity

o 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh

Current research projects:

o Democracy and democratic politics in India;

o Jawaharlal Nehru;

o Legal understandings of culture in India;

o Approaches to Twentieth Century Science in China and India

o The politics of regionalism and federalism in India

o Learning achievement in private and government schools in India

o Mobilization of the lower castes and untouchables in India

o India and the Second World War

o Diplomatic and Contemporary history of South Asia and India

Partner organisations: 

The Institute is closely involved in the College’s key partnership with Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, with a programme of research exchanges for postgraduate students in addition to a joint PhD programme with the National University of Singapore. In addition, we regularly host visiting fellows from institutions such as the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Brookings India, and the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

Course study environment

The India Institute offers a lively and thought-provoking programme of seminars, workshops and colloquia, all of which encourage interaction between graduate students, research staff and a wider audience. Together with the Institute's core staff and associate faculty across various departments at King's, students add to the multi-disciplinary and vibrant intellectual atmosphere of the Institute. The Institute also regularly hosts internationally renowned visiting fellows who add an important dimension to our stimulating academic environment.

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