MGP-003 Gandhi’s Social Thought

By Dr. Rukshana Zaman   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 858
The aim of this course is to facilitate students to participate creatively in all aspects of peace studies, peace-building in conflict and post-conflict societies. Understanding Gandhian approach to peace from the interdisciplinary perspective and comprehend Gandhi’s views and perceptions on economic, social, political, environmental, and development, related issues. To provide opportunities to the learners for higher studies in the area of theoretical and applied Gandhian Studies, Peace, Conflict Management, and Social Regeneration.

Course Credit - 4
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2020
End Date :
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 10 Jan 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Unit-1 - Gandhi’s Views on Social Change
Unit-2 - Critique of Indian Social Order
Unit-3 - Varnashrama Dharma
Unit-4 - Critique of Modernity

Unit-5 - Hindu-Muslim Amity
Unit-6 - Communalism
Unit-7 - Reforms in Religions
Unit-8 - Truth is God

Unit-9 - Gandhi’s Views on Women
Unit-10 - Gandhi’s Views on Depressed Classes
Unit-11 - Gandhi’s Views on Children and Youth
Unit-12 - Gandhi’s Views on Labour

Unit-13 - Gandhi’s Views on Health
Unit-14 - Gandhi’s Views on Education
Unit-15 - Gandhi’s Views on Language
Unit-16 - Gandhi’s Views on Nature and Environment

Instructor bio

Dr. Rukshana Zaman

Indira Gandhi National Open University

Within the ambit of Social Anthropology, Dr. Zaman’s research interests are ethnicity, identity, ethnic conflicts, anthropology of performance mainly dance, visual anthropology, gender studies and social institutions.


Her quest with the study of identity and ethnicity began while she was working on her doctoral thesis on “Odissi Dance and The Construction of Oriya* Identity”. In her doctoral work she had looked at identity as perceived and constructed by the Odia community. The struggle to enlist Odissi dance as a classical dance form of India brought together the intelligentsia and the dance gurus of Odisha. The creation of ethnic identity was seen in the reconstruction of the dance form. The gestures and postures from the walls of the Konark temple, the dances of the Maharis (temple dancers known as Devadasi in other parts of India) of Jagannath, Puri and the Gotipua (male dancers dressed in female attires) were reconstructed to give shape to the dance repertoire. In the years to follow she had taken forward the study of ethnicity and identity in her research works on autoethnography. Her auto-ethnographical accounts extensively dealt with the idea of ethnicity and identity, how it has been constructed within the Muslim communities living in Assam.

A President’s Awardee for service as a girl guide, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in Odissi Dance.

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