Essential Question 3

By Julia and Sam

Traditional Indian Life

One Indian tradition is the caste system. There are 4 castes in the caste system. They are Brahmins, Kshatriya's, Visayas, Sundras, and the Untouchables (casteless). The Brahmins are the Priests and they are the highest of all the castes. Next is the Kshatriya's. They are the warriors and the rulers. They are the next caste after the Brahmins. The caste that comes after the Kshatriya's are the Visayas. They are the merchants, traders and the professionals. Next are the Sudras. They are the laborers and peasants. The last caste is the Untouchables, they are casteless. You are born into your caste, which is the caste your parents are in, and you can only move your caste upon rebirth. They consider rebirth as not a good thing.

Another Indian tradition is that the woman are the care takers of the house. The woman clean the dishes, mop the floors, cooks the meals, etc. Other traditions are worshiping, and respect of the elders. Everyone is devoted to their traditions and religion, so they are devoted to worshipping. The young kids in the family must respect their elders, so they touch their feet as a way of greeting and also on important occasions.

The Indian Caste System

Indian Caste System

India's major industries, trade ties with the US, and the growth of the middle class

Some of the major industries that contribute to the economy are textile, tourism, chemical industries, engineering and machinery, transportation, IT and ITES industries, banking and insurance industries, real estate industries, agriculture, and retail and wholesale trade. Textile contributes to 4% of the economy. Tourism contributes 6.23% of the economy. Chemical industries contribute to 7% of the economy. Chemical industries produce toiletries, cosmetics, fertilizers, etc. Engineering and machinery contributes to 8% of the economy. Transportation contributes to 8.5% of the economy. Transportation includes roads, highways, railways, etc. IT and ITES industries contribute to 9% of the economy. IT and ITES industries are informational and technology industries. Banking and insurance industries contribute to 10% of the economy. Real estate industries contribute to 13.5% of the economy. Agriculture contributes to 15.7% of the economy. Retail and wholesale trade is the highest, and it contributes to 23% of the economy.

India has many trade ties with the US. In total, $63.7 billion went to the economy in all of 2013, which is a growth of about 1.7% over the past year. Indian exports supplied $41.8 billion in the US. US exports supported $21.9 billion in India.

The middle class in India is growing very fast. It is predicted that the percentage of people below the middle will drop by 70% by 2030. Also, the percentage of wealthy people has been and will continue to rise.

Globalization in India

The impact of globalization is much greater when it hits a developing country like India. India's culture has been spread to many countries around the world, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and many more. Since India's culture has globalized, India's economy has grown. In 1991, only 10% of the Indian urban population had a television. In 2009, it increased to 85%.

Ways India's Economic and Political changes Conflict with Traditional Life

Many people in India want to stay very traditional. They want to keep living life like their ancestors did. Many people are very religious and don't like to live their life in modern ways. Also, in the picture below, there is a man riding an elephant, and everyone else is driving in their cars. This shows that the man is refusing to live in modern ways. This also creates a conflict. Many people in India want to be modern, but some others, like the man riding the elephant, want to continue living in traditional ways.
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Can India Become a Superpower?

This topic, whether India can become a superpower or not, is widely argued. Some people think that it can, since it has many industries that support the economy. Others think that it cannot, since many people are still in poverty. Also, the caste system makes the country unequal, from hte Brahmins to the Untouchables. Furhtermore, India has many different political views, which makes their government unstable, so it would be hard for the country to become a superpower. All in all, India is not fit to become the world's next big superpower.

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