This course is designed as a broad exploration of social and political change in South Asia, with special focus on India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Instead of in-depth study, this course aims to provide a broad sweep of vital aspects of South Asian culture, economy and polity. Key concepts taken up for discussion will include caste difference, religious plurality, rival nationalisms and anti-colonial struggle. Special attention will be paid to how the region's experience of colonialism continued to shape its politics and economy in the post-independence period. The contrasting fate of democratic governance in India and Pakistan will also be explored. This course is designed to give complete beginners a basic literacy in matters South Asian while enabling those who have already engaged with some aspect of South Asian studies to address gaps in their knowledge.