Women, the Subaltern and Unorthodoxy in Indian Traditions
School of Consciousness and Transformation PARA 6451 3.00
Indian tradition has sometimes been characterized as simply caste-bound, tradition bound and anti-women. Yet India emerged in modernity as the post-colonial world’s most robust democracy, with socialist governmental principles, and a woman Prime Minister. This course examines Indian spiritual traditions and cultural forms, historically, with a focus on women, the outcast (and out-caste) and the unorthodox to show how there have always been powerful counter currents in this part of south Asia to orthodoxy, to patriarchy, and to other repressive elements of the social order. The course is, in short, seeks to tell part of the often untold story of subaltern and anti-establishment actors in Indian civilization.