The Republic of India
… as the television advert says.
This is a land which is rich in culture and tradition, yet not as well known as they fall into the shadow of one of the world’s most culturally rich country, China.
India is one of the oldest civilizations known to man with a variety of rich cultural, heritage. It has achieved all-round social and economic growth during the last 62 years of its Independence from Brittan.
This massive country shares its borders with Nepal, Bangladesh, China and Pakistan and has the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal as sea borders. The country is so vast that the climate varies with the snow-covered Himalayan Mountains in the north to tropical rain forests and monsoons in the south. India has the third highest mountain in the world called Kanchenjunga.
The People of India
India is the 7th largest country in the world and yet is the world’s largest democracy.. It covers an area roughly 3 times the size of South Africa, yet for every 1 of us there are 26 of them this makes it the 2nd most populated country in the world. Another comparison to South Africa would be that their HIV infection rate is 0.3% compared to South Africa’s 18.1%. This low rate could be attributed to their cultural and religious beliefs, with the main religion being Hindu. They have very strong traditional family values, where parents arrange and chose their children’s partners and families move together on marriage. Child marriage is still a common practice with half of Indian women marrying before the age of 18.
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Indians are a generally a peace loving nation and have never invaded any other country in recorded history.
Indian dress is very colourful with women wearing draped cloth called a Sari and a Dhoti or Lungi for men
Staple foods are rice, wheat and lentils with many Indians being vegetarian.
Because the English ruled there for many years i.e. colonised them, their legal system is based on the English common law
When meeting most people – the greeting is with palms pressed together at around chest level saying “Namatse” people usually nod or bow slightly as well. Cupping the face of someone in your hands to show affection is common in families, especially between mothers and children
However if you ask a question and they say “yes” and bobble their head at the same time, this answer can be interpreted as meaning “no”
It is common to remove ones shoes at places of worship, when visiting people homes and even in some shops and businesses – the rule of thumb is that if you see a pile of shoes at the door – make sure yours join them !
One usually always eats with the right hand as the left hand is considered unclean.
There are 15 official languages with Hindi being spoken by 41% of the population. English is the most important language for trade, politics and industry. Because of their focus on English, their educated work force has been able to offer extremely fast and cheap outsourced IT services, including call centre facilities.
The business of India
India has become self-sufficient on agriculture and is now one of the top industrialized countries in the world with their income breakdown being 55% from services, 28% from industry and the 17% from agriculture. Their growth since 1997 has exceeded 7% per year and although they also experienced the recent economic downturn, they still have the second highest growth rate in the world. They are one of the few nations to have gone into outer space and come back to apply the knowledge gained to the benefit of their people.
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India has the fourth largest coal reserves in the world and also mines iron ore, manganese, diamonds, natural gas and some petroleum. Only 48% of the land is arable.