India. Ms. Mitchell Cultural Revolutions. India. 7 th largest country (land-size) 2 nd largest country (population size) with 1.2 billion people Most populous democracy in the world (parliamentary) Shares borders with China, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh, and Pakistan
7th largest country (land-size)
2nd largest country (population size) with 1.2 billion people
Most populous democracy in the world (parliamentary)
Shares borders with China, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh, and Pakistan
Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism all originated here
Achieved independence from Britain in 1947
Most prominent religion in India
Third largest religion in the world after Christianity and Islam
No single founder, formed of diverse traditions
Often called the oldest living religion—also considered the most complex
“According to Supreme court of India ‘unlike other religions in the World, the Hindu religion does not claim any one Prophet, it does not worship any one God, it does not believe in any one philosophic concept, it does not follow any one act of religious rites or performances, in fact, it does not satisfy the traditional features of a religion or creed. It is a way of life and nothing more’.”
Traditional division of social order and class in India
Divided into higher castes and lower castes
People are born into a caste and it determines place in life and occupation
Not able to transcend your caste
Said to be disappearing in urban India but still very prominent in rural India
Now against the law to openly discriminate against someone because of their caste
Where do the jobs go? And what is this doing to India’s economy and social structure?
Written by AravindAdigain 2008. Only 33 years old when it was published. Won the Man Booker prize that same year.
Entire novel is a series of letters between an Indian man, BalramHalwai, and the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao.
Letters written over seven consecutive nights. Set in present day.
Letters trace Balram’s life from childhood in a rural village (Laxmangarh) to life as a successful entrepreneur in Bangalore
“The Rooster Coop”