EQ3: India's Economic Growth

India's Economic Growth and Traditional Life By: Liam Nelson

Traditional Life: The Caste System and Women Equality

In India there is a system called The Caste System. The Caste System is a system that places people into their social classes. This system is only used in the Hindu Religion, so people that live in India but are not Hindu will not follow this system. In the Hindu religion it is believed that there is reincarnation. That when you die you will come back in a different life. The way that the Caste System is connected with this is that, it is believed that your present life is being lived for your next. That if you fulfill the role of your Caste you will move up a Caste when you are reborn. It is also believed that if you do bad in your life you will move down a Caste or not move Castes at all. The whole point is to not be reborn at all. If you are able to get to the highest Caste and do good in your life, then you will not be reborn. Instead you will become a spirit in what is essentially heaven. The Caste System consists of four Castes, and one more social class that is so low it is not considered a part of The Caste System. The top Caste in The Caste System is the Brahmin social class. This Caste is made of religious teachers such as priests. They are considered to be ranked as the highest rank. The people in this Caste mostly have a lighter skin tone because in India it is common for people to make their skin lighter as a luxury. This shows that they are part of a higher social class.The next Caste down is the Kshatriya Caste. This caste is made up of warriors and nobles. This includes people that take on jobs like the army, security, or people that do public service. The next Caste is called the Vaishya. This caste is made up of people like merchants and traders. These people are like business men. The lowest of these four Castes is the Shudra Caste. This Caste is made up of unskilled workers. Most of the people in this Caste work outside and have darker skin tone because of this. The last Caste that is not even considered part of the Caste System is the Untouchables. This is a literal name. It is said in the Hindu religion that if you touch an Untouchable you will become one in your next life. The jobs that the Untouchables are given are jobs like cleaning toilets and taking care of dead animals on the road. The Untouchables are treated as minorities in their community.


With India expanding as an economy and being a democracy government traditional life will be affected by the modern day living. With India being a democracy there is conflict with the Caste System. Democracy promotes equality to all citizens and the Caste System does not do that. The Caste system is basically dividing people that follow the Hindu religion into social classes. One of the social classes is so low that they are not even allowed to be touched by another person in a different Caste. Clearly this is not democracy. With India growing as an economy and government the Caste System, which has been around for about 4,000 years will be affected because it looks bad for the Indian government. Another way that the political changes that will be made with India on the rise is with architecture. Many old traditional building will be replaced with new company buildings, and many villages might become home to new roads. By India expanding their economics and politics these things will happen and conflict with traditional life. These are two ways that these economical and political changes will affect traditional life in India.


Women equality in India varies. In traditional India women are looked at as the housekeepers of the family. Women are looked at as inferior to men In traditional India such as villages, women play the roles of housekeepers and cooks, while men play more important roles as head of the villages and hunters. While this goes on in traditional India it is a different story in Modern India. Women are given a fair amount of equality and recognition. Women that live in cities have opportunities just like the men. Women are able to take on the role of president or CEO. In India women equality varies between the traditional part of India and the modern day areas of India. Overall there is still improvement to be made because everyone deserves equal rights and chances.

India's Global Economy

In India their economy has been on the rise. They are expanding stores in their country and putting some of their own stores in other countries. In India their are many new stores that have arrived. Stores like Starbucks and Amazon are now being found in India. India's economy is also now powerful enough to the point at which they are able to act on economic situations that involve the US. India is being given much bigger roles as their economy becomes a serious power. As India makes a come up in the global economy there are two main industries that they have. The first industry is the Agriculture Industry. This industry in India is the main supply of employment in India. It accounts for about 60% of the labor in India. Also it is about a quarter of India's economy. This is definitely the biggest industry in India. The second biggest in industry in India is the Textile industry. The Textile industry deals with making clothes and thinks out of wool. This industry indirectly supplies 45 to 60 million people in India the second most after the Agriculture Industry. In India the Textile Industry is worth $108 billion and on the rise. With a growing economy more people are being employed meaning more people are making money. In India the middle class is expanding. Millions of people in India are being lifted out of poverty. In India there is now 50 million people in the middle class, or 5% of the population. Though this does not seem like much, the number is projected to be 200 million people in 2020. India's economic growth has been huge over the years as they are now threatening to be a major power in the global economy.





With India becoming a major economic power in the global economy the question of whether India could become a superpower comes up. The answer right now is no. One major reason for that is the fact that there is an increasing gap between the rich and the poor. There are still quite a large amount of citizens in India that are in poverty. Until the rate of people that are in middle class or up changes India will not become a super power. Another reason that India will not become a super power is because a lack of strong security. India has a weak police force. There is a lot of domestic violence that is going on because of the weak police force. A major issue with domestic violence is the violence that goes on in the households against women. Until there is a way to keep these things from happening India will not become a superpower now or soon.



Influencing India's Globalization

In India globalization is starting to become a big subject. They are gaining a wide variety of stores in their country, and spreading their own stores to other countries like America. An example of India getting new stores in their country is with Amazon and Starbucks. Recently these stores have been built in India. These stores come from the US. The US has been a major part in globalizing India's culture. The US has put many other stores and companies in India other than Amazon and Starbucks as well. Stores like Mcdonalds and KFC have been placed in India along with companies like Pepsi and Coca-Cola. Another way that India is being globalized is with the American activity going on throughout the people. There is a lot of American idiom going on in India. Many people are picking up American accents because the amount of American citizens, essentially businessmen in India is rising. There are other countries that are apart of globalizing India, but none are as active in India and in their own country as the US is. The US is the biggest influence on the globalization of India.