Part A: Contemporary World Politics

Chapter 1 : Cold War and Non-aligned Movement

  • Emergence of two power blocs/Bipolarity
  • Non-aligned Movement (NAM).

Chapter 2 : The End of Bipolarity

  • Disintegration of Soviet Union
  • Unipolar World
  • Middle East Crisis – Afghanistan, Gulf War
  • Democratic Politics and Democratization
  • CIS and the 21st Century (Arab Spring).

Chapter 3 : New Centres of Power

  • Organizations: European Union, ASEAN, SAARC, BRICS.
  • Nations: Russia, China, Israel, India.

Chapter 4 : South Asia and the Contemporary World

  • Conflicts and efforts for Peace and Democratization in South Asia:
  • Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives.

Chapter 5 : United Nations and its Organizations

  • Principle Organs, Key Agencies:
  • UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, ILO,
  • Security Council and the Need for its Expansion.

Chapter 6 : Security in Contemporary World

  • Security: Meaning and Types;
  • Terrorism.

Chapter 7 : Environment and Natural Resources

  • Environmental Movements,
  • Global Warming and Climate Change,
  • Conservation of Natural Resources.
  • Chapter 8 : Globalization
  • Globalization: Meaning,
  • Manifestations and Debates.

Part B: Politics in India Since Independence

Chapter 9 : Challenges of Nation- Building

  • Nation and Nation Building,
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Integration of States,
  • Legacy of Partition: Challenge of Refugee,
  • Resettlement, Kashmir Issue,
  • Nehru’s Approach to Nation – Building,
  • Political Conflicts over Language and Linguistic Organization of States.

Chapter 10 : Planning and Development

  • Changing nature of India’s Economic Development,
  • Planning Commission and Five year Plans
  • National Development Council, NITI Aayog.

Chapter 11 : India’s Foreign Policy

  • Principles of Foreign Policy
  • India’s Changing Relations with Other Nations: US, Russia, China,Israel
  • India’s Relations with its Neighbours: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar
  • India’s Nuclear Programme.

Chapter 12 : Parties and the Party Systems in India

  • Congress System, Bi-party System
  • Multi-party Coalition System.

Chapter 13 : Democratic Resurgence

  • Jayaprakash Narayan and Total Revolution
  • Ram Manohar Lohia and Socialism
  • Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay and Integral Humanism
  • National Emergency,
  • Democratic Upsurges –
  • Participation of the Adults, Backwards and Youth.

Chapter 14 : Social and New Social Movements in India

  • Social vs. New Social Movements
  • Farmer’s movements,
  • Worker’s Movements
  • Women’s Movements,
  • Ecological Movements.

Chapter 15 : Regional Aspirations

  • Rise of Regional Parties
  • Punjab Crisis
  • The Kashmir issue
  • Movements for Autonomy.

Chapter 16 : Indian Politics: Trends and Developments

  • Era of Coalitions: National Front
  • United Front
  • United Progressive Alliance [UPA] – I & II
  • National Democratic Alliance [NDA] – I, II, III & IV
  • Issues of Development and Governance.