Asia Essential Topics
By Trey Krivo and Chad Johnson
China’s Rise Economically and it's Growing Influence Around the World
Hinduism vs. Buddism
The Kashmir Conflict
The Kashmir Conflict, starting around 1947, is a land dispute between India (Hinduism) and Pakistan (Islam) over the Kashmir Region, located in the northwestern region of India. India owns approximately 43% of the region, while Pakistan owns roughly 37%. There has been at least three wars, including the Indo-Pakistani Wars and several skirmishes. The conflict has caused thousands of deaths, with less deaths in recent years. This was primarily caused by protest movements, which voiced Kashmir's disputes to the Indian Military. However, in 2009 and 2010, there was unrest between the two regions. A
fter the Indian Army claimed to kill three Pakistani infiltrators a series of violent protests and riots in the Kashmir Valley took place. In response, there were protests against the killings and massive force was used to get rid of the protestors. Several people were killed, including a young boy.
The Caste System
India's caste system is comprised of four classes (as illustrated below):
Brahmin - Scriptural education and teaching, essential for the continuation of knowledge.
Kshatriya - Public service (all forms). This includes administration, maintenance of law and order and defense.
Vaishya - Commercial activity as businessmen.
Shudra - Semi-skilled and unskilled laborers.
The caste system which grew out of religious belief dictated how each class was placed into specific occupational groups. By utilizing this system it took away the motivation from the lower castes to move ahead. This in turn affected economic progress and had a negative effect on the economy. This system to a degree still exists today, for example acknowledgements of ranking in business where a young official may address another senior, who may or may not be his superior as, chachaji. Additionally, although the classes intermingle they rarely marry.
Although unfair, castes cannot be considered racist, since castes are not based on race but on specific classes. Additionally, the caste system, while rooted in religion, is not a heavenly way of life. Taking away the freedom to choose one's own destiny.
China’s 1 Child Per Family Policy
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