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1 Human Geography of South Asia: A Region of Contrasts
Chapter 25 Notes Human Geography of South Asia: A Region of Contrasts

2 Section 1: India India- ancient culture, over 4,000 years old
Blending of many different cultures & traditions Many invaders & empires came to power in the region

3 Section 1: India East India Company Flag By the 1500’s Europeans were trading with India for spices & cloth. Great Britain began to dominate this trade, through its company the British East India Company.

4 Section 1: India By 1857 Great Britain controlled all of India.
This period is known as the Raj (lasted for 90 years)

5 Section 1: India Eventually Indians began to resist the British occupation. (struggle for independence, ) They were led by Mohandas Gandhi Advocate of mass nonviolent resistance- Protest movement that does not use violence to achieve its goals

6 Section 1: India Gandhi cont.- Advocated an end to the Caste system
British educated lawyer Made own clothes (why?) Imprisoned many times Commonly used hunger fasts as a resistance tool Forced the British from India in August, 1947 Inspiration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s tactics in the Civil Rights movement

7 Republic of India 28 states and 7 union territories
State- local government Union Territory- run directly by national government

8 Section 1: India India is the world’s largest democracy
͌ 1.1 billion people Strongly Hindu country but Over 150 million Muslims Source of conflict? One of the new 7 wonders of the world- Taj Mahal

9 Section 1: India Land Reform- more balanced distribution of land among farmers Proposal to redistribute land. 1990s 25% of farmland was in the hands of powerful 5% of farm families

10 Section 1: India Green Revolution- increasing of crop yields by introducing higher-yielding grain varieties & teaching better farming techniques to farmers. Introduced in late 1960’s & early 1970’s Dramatically improved the amount of food available for the poor.

11 Section 1: India Modern Life- Most marriages are arranged
Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the world. Modern Life- Most marriages are arranged Divorce is rare Very common for extended family to all live under one roof. Most are vegetarians Has largest film industry in the world. Public affection is discouraged Aishwarya Rai

12 Section 1: India Languages of India 18 major languages
More than 1,000 are spoken English is common in business areas. Hindi is the official language

13 Section 1: India Hinduism 80% of population Reincarnation
Karma- moral consequences of a person’s actions (help to determine how a person is reincarnated)

14 Section 1: India Caste system- system of social classes
Born into a specific caste Only marry within your caste Only move to a different caste through reincarnation


16 Section 2: Pakistan & Bangladesh
Indus Valley Civilization- largest of the world’s first civilizations Began around 2500 B.C. Fell around 1500 B.C. Aryans invaded soon after (from north of Iran) Mauryan, Gupta, Mughal empire rule territory later on

India West Pakistan East Pakistan Independence & Division- Britain divided up India into a Hindu nation (India) and a Muslim nation (East & West Pakistan)

18 Section 2: Pakistan & Bangladesh
Partition- division of British India Led to much violence between Hindu’s & Muslims 1 million died 10 million moved to new areas By 1971 a civil war broke out and the new nation of Bangladesh was formed.

19 Section 2: Pakistan & Bangladesh
Kashmir- small territory in northern India that both Pakistan & India claim as there own Muslim population but had Hindu Maharaja at time of partition Joined India 3 Wars over the territory Both sides have nuclear weapons

20 Section 2: Pakistan & Bangladesh
Microcredit- very small loans that are made available to entrepreneurs Entrepreneur- people who start & build a business Effective way of getting poor workers out of poverty

21 Section 2: Pakistan & Bangladesh
Pakistan & Bangladesh- most are Muslim Key parts of Muslim Mughal Empire Ramadan- month-long period of fasting from sunrise to sunset.

22 Section 3: Nepal & Bhutan
Geographically isolated, because of their mountainous terrain Difficult to conquer &/or visit in its history

23 Section 3: Nepal & Bhutan
Both are Constitutional Monarchies- Kingdom in which the ruler’s powers are limited by a constitution Both are very poor & have limited resources

24 Section 3: Nepal & Bhutan
Sherpas- people of Nepal of Tibetan ancestry Renowned mtn. climbers & pack carriers

25 Section 3: Nepal & Bhutan
Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)- born on the borders of Nepal & India in the 6th century Founder of Buddhism

26 Section 3: Nepal & Bhutan
Buddhists in Bhutan use Mandalas- Geometric designs that are symbols of the universe & aid in meditation.

27 Section 4: Sri Lanka & the Maldives
Sinhalese- Buddhist people from India that settled in Sri Lanka (majority) Tamils- Dravidian Hindu people from southern India that settled in Sri Lanka (minority) Civil War has been taking place on & off since the 1980’s between these groups

28 Section 4: Sri Lanka & the Maldives
Population of only about 300,000 on over 1200 islands Ruled by Sultans- Muslim Rulers

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