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Teaching Resources: Existing India EAA Archives

Teaching Resources: Existing India EAA Archives

Obviously, we have been thinking about India and South Asia recently, but as we began work (October 16th) on this Digest issue, it certainly was attention-getting that half of trending articles were about India. Please note the genuine variety represented in the following trending articles.

The Middle Class in India: From 1947 to the Present and Beyond by Abhijit Roy (Spring 2018, Vol. 23, No. 1):

On the Difference Between Hinduism and Hindutva by Arvind Sharma (Spring 2020, Vol. 25, No. 1)

“Give Me Blood, and I Will Give You Freedom”: Bhagat Singh, Subhas Chandra Bose, and the Uses of Violence in India’s Independence Movement by Tommy Lamont (Spring 2014, Vol. 19, No. 1)

India: “The Emergency” and the Politics of Mass Sterilization by Prajakta R. Gupte (Winter 2017, Vol. 22, No. 3)

Exploring Indian Culture through Food by Tulasi Srinivas (Winter 2011, Vol. 16, No. 3)

In addition, these three archived resources should be helpful to students and instructors who teach world history, economics, comparative politics, and business courses.

EAA editorial board member Nimish Adhia’s The History of Economic Development in India since Independence (Winter 2015, Vol. 20, No. 3) essay is a superb, basic introduction to India’s post-1949 economic evolution.

Professor Adhia’s interview with former special adviser to the British Prime Minister, and successful entrepreneur in India, Alan Rosling, Boom Country? An Interview with Alan Rosling (Fall 2019, Vol. 24, No. 2) elicits the realized and potential dynamism of Indian entrepreneurial creativity.

The interview is followed by Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Hawai`i Pacific University Ken Schoolland’s companion pedagogical essay review Inspiration in India for a New Generation of Entrepreneurs (Fall 2019, Vol. 24, No. 2) that provides some unique, and perhaps surprising points about teaching Alan Rosling’s book.

Other Teaching Resources: The Story of India

Although produced in 2009, the PBS multimedia production The Story of India is still the most comprehensive treatment of India available for teachers and students. Teachers will find six lesson plans on various India-related topics appropriate for middle school and high school world history classes. Lesson plan topics include “Tracking Early Hinduism,” “An Edict on Ashoka,” “The Winds of Trade,” “Monument to the Stars,” “Akbar’s Debate,” and “British Attitudes Towards India.” Each lesson plan includes video clips from the series and teachers can also utilize the interactive timeline. Additional digital resources for teaching about India are also available on the website.

Screen capture of a website that is called "The Story of India"
Screen capture of The Story of India’s interactive timeline at http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/.