In this activity, students create concept maps showing how various Indian institutions relate to and constrain each other. Below is a description of how to prime the students for the activity followed by the actual steps of the activity.
In The Politics of India, during the week on institutions, students do a series of readings about various Indian political institutions (the Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Supreme Court, the military, the President, etc). At the beginning of class, the instructor talks a little bit about institutions as rules of the game, and then explains how difficult it is to design the rules of games for sustained play - so that it's not possible for someone to gain an early advantage and take over the game permanently. The instructor makes the obvious metaphorical connection to political institutions, walking the students through different understandings of institutions in sociology vs. political science, and then the class spend the rest of the class on the following activity:
Mapping Indian Political Institutions
Separate the class into 4 groups of 3 or 4 people. Make sure they've all brought their coursepacks (with readings) and have access to the internet.