This doctoral seminar, held jointly with Yale University, reviews major theoretical and empirical debates in the politics of India. The goal is to enhance students’ empirical knowledge of India and to explore some of the central issues that define contemporary Indian politics. The course is structured to encourage students to think about how they might design and execute research that would contribute to scholarship on the region. Major themes include the transformation of the party system, communal conflict, women in politics, the people left behind, and issues of poverty and development. Berkeley students enrolled in the seminar will have to commit to an extra hour of discussion on party politics in India since independence.