Politics at Krea

At Krea, we use the term politics, instead of government or political science, deliberately, to highlight the large terrain that political reality occupies, and the necessity of multidisciplinary approaches to understand the manifold dimensions of political life. Politics is not confined only to the inner workings of the governments or to the formal institutional spaces in society. It also needs resources from other academic disciplines to make its complex workings visible. To make our knowledge relevant and responsive, we keep the boundaries of the discipline deliberately porous. The levels of analysis that students will grapple with include local, national, regional, and global. We will provide the skills required for students to develop evidence-based, historically-grounded, and analytically rigorous understandings of political developments, ideologies, and ethical collective action.

The Approach

Our curriculum covers a large number of themes such as democratic practices, political accountability, violence, social movements, political power, justice and freedom, civic action and governance of public services, populism, the state, and globalization, just to mention a few.

Insights drawn from recognised subfields of political theory, political philosophy, comparative politics, Indian politics, public policy, political economy, and international politics.

Apart from placing key issues in their historical and sociological contexts, some of the courses focus on key questions political systems face today. For example, how does Big Data – understood in terms of the huge flow of information coupled with the presence of high technology – influence electoral politics and policy-making in democratic societies today? How, in the world of fake news, are citizens manipulated with the help of social media and massive flow of information? What are the ways in which populism influences government and citizen action?

While being acquainted with global debates, our students are exposed in rigorous ways to the issues and idioms of politics of the ‘Global South’. They are also aware of ethical considerations involved in political goals, debates and dilemmas.

A special focus is placed on Indian democratic experiences and challenges. Through a set of required and elective courses, the students not only broaden their understanding of the field of politics but also deepen their knowledge in areas of their interest within it.

Programme Details

Required Courses

Possible electives

  • What is politics? How do we study it? – Concepts, perspectives and traditions
  • Evolution of Modern Indian Politics: Institutions and Processes
  • Introduction to Theory of International Politics
  • Researching Politics: Qualitative, Quantitative, Comparative and Ethnographic
  • Exploring Political Philosophy and Ethical Citizen Action in the Real World
  • Introduction to Political Economy of Development in the Global South
  • Understanding Critical Issues of our Times through a Political Lens: Technology and Citizen-action, Environmental Problems and Collective Action, Violence and Freedom.
  • Public Policy and Democratic Challenges in India
  • Thoughts on Decolonization from India and Africa
  • State and Civil Society in India
  • Social Movements: Old and New
  • Theories of Democratisation and Democratic Transition in Different Parts of the World
  • The Rise of Subaltern Politics and Indian Democracy
  • Introduction to the Study of Populism in Comparative Perspectives
  • An Introduction to the Study of South Asian Politics
  • Governance of Public services in India
  • Political ideas in Kant, Hegel and Marx
  • Indian Political Thought in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Nationalism and Politics of Cultural/Social identities in India: Multiple Frames and Changing Contours
  • Ambedkar and Gandhi: Past Debates and Contentious Present
  • Liberalism, Democracy and Justice: A theoretical elaboration
  • Populism in the Time of Big Data and Fake News: A Preliminary Exploration
  • The Role of the State in the Process of Industrialisation: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (India, China, South Korea, Nigeria)

Pranab K. Bardhan

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Pranab K. Bardhan

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Economics, Humanities & Social Sciences
PhD, Cambridge University

Sarabjeet D. Natesan

Associate Professor of Economics

Sarabjeet D. Natesan

Associate Professor of Economics

PhD, Indian Institute of Technology – Madras

Hema Ramakrishnan

Associate Professor of Economics

Hema Ramakrishnan

Associate Professor of Economics

PhD, University of Madras

The Krea politics graduate will be better prepared to play their role as active citizens and effective members of their political communities. It provides the solid ground on which they can pursue their careers in government, civil service, not-for-profit institutions, international organisations, and media. It also provides a foundation for undertaking further studies in specialised areas such as law and governance, urban politics, public policy, and international studies.

Job Roles Organizations
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs advisor
  • International relations/ trade advisor
  • Journalist
  • Public policy adviser
  • Researcher
  • NGO professional
  • International trade organization
  • Foreign liaison office
  • Non-Government organization
  • Corporate Foundation
  • Publishing house
  • Education institution
  • Corporate international relations