South Asia (Modern World Cultures) by John Benhart, George Pomeroy, Professor Charles F Gritzner

By John Benhart, George Pomeroy, Professor Charles F Gritzner

This new sequence places humans on this planet geographic panorama, displaying scholars how everyone is tormented by and reply to, fiscal, social, and political forces on the international and the neighborhood scale.

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This lack of productivity occurs largely because of social tradition. Even today land is not fairly distributed. Many of the landowners are absentee landlords who have more interest in collecting rents than in agricultural production. This is a problem because if someone rents land instead of owning it, he is less likely to make the necessary investments to improve the quality of the land. If the farmers are deep in debt to the landowner, they will not be able to purchase modern chemical fertilizers or farm equipment.

Hinduism is among the world’s oldest faiths, with roots that can be traced back more than 5,000 years. Hinduism represents a fusion between beliefs of the Dravidians, who occupied and dominated parts of India until about 3,500 years ago, 50 South Asia and the Aryans, who invaded from central Asia and subdued the Dravidians. As these two groups assimilated, certain of the Dravidians’ gods or deities were absorbed into the religious beliefs of the conquering Aryans. A popular perception is that Hinduism is a polytheistic faith, with belief in many gods, rather than a monotheistic faith, with belief in one god.

These contributions provided some advantages after independence was achieved, but for a century they served only to take enormous 33 34 South Asia amounts of wealth from the country. Because most of this system of “industrial colonialism” was set up for the benefit of the colonial masters, it was not as useful in building up the countries of South Asia after independence. During colonial rule or the era of the British “Raj” (rule), the Europeans often cast themselves as superior, and so South Asians rarely occupied any positions of authority.

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