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The Department of Political Science, with the assistance of the Division of International Studies & Programs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, is pleased to introduce its India Program - a unique joint partnership between A&M-Kingsville; the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University-College Station; and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.

The Program is being co-directed by Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Professor of Political Science, A&M-Kingsville; Dr. Kishore Gawande, Professor of Economics, the Bush School, Texas A&M-College Station; and by Dr. Aditya Mukherjee, Director, JNIAS.

The Program will include graduate and undergraduate students traveling to and staying in India from December 28th, 2010, through January 14th, 2011, attending classes at JNIAS, and visiting multiple sites through field trips in the greater New Delhi region. Areas of focus include history, politics, economics, culture, health, environmental policies, nuclear issues, etc., with reference to both greater Asia and India.

This blog will document our experience. You are welcome to post comments.

You are all invited to cyber travel with us as we learn about the uniqueness of India.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Us and Them

The field trips we have taken the entire time we have been in Delhi have helped develop our perspectives on what we have learned through the lectures. The rich history of India permeates every spectrum of this city and is a constant reminder of how long society has existed in this part of the world. The sights we have seen have helped in understanding a different viewpoint of the world that is otherwise hard for Americans to grasp.
The various historical sites we visited were old, and, in most instances, predate the existence of the United States. The weathered stone structures that have been standing for thousands of years have given us an idea of where Indians come from and the challenges they face in assimilating into the global community. Their culture and history contrasts greatly with our own and in order to compete in the world community they must adhere to Western customs.
This country’s rich, varied, and ancient tapestry of places, people, faith, and events have to be seen to be believed. This very eclectic society is also rapidly changing. And given the country’s massive size and population, these changes are going to impact us all, including the United States. This trip helped us understand how a major diverse country is trying to cope with these changes and what these changes may mean for the United States.
~Caleb F.

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