India Role of Geography The Earliest Indus River Civilizations Harappan India Centered along the Indus River in NW India Similar to Mesopotamia and Nile cultures Agricultural economy Aryan arrival Came from Central Asia Arrived ca 1500-1000 BCE Vedic Age, 1200-600 BCE:\
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Brahmins: Profs and priests
Kshatriyas: Military leaders and politicians
Vaishyas: Farmers, landlords, businessmen
Sudras: Peasants, servants, laborers
Untouchables (Dalit): Workers in polluting jobs
(Officially outlawed in 1949)