Glimpses of Contemporary India

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Professor Sunita Bose
Department of Sociology and Asian Studies
Project Director, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad

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Glimpses of Contemporary India

  1. 1. Glimpses of Contemporary India   Professor Sunita Bose SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY Department of Sociology and Asian Studies Project Director, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad
  2. 2. Basic Information <ul><li>Area: 3,287,240 Sq km </li></ul><ul><li>Population: 1,028,737,436 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Males 532,223,090 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Females 496,514,346 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  State with Highest Population </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uttar Pradesh 166,197,921 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  State with Lowest Population </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sikkim 540,851 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  UT with Highest Population </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delhi 13,850,507 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  District with Highest Population </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medinipur (West Bengal) 9,610,788  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  3. 3. Demographic information <ul><li>Rural - Urban Distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Rural 742,490,639 72.2% </li></ul><ul><li>Urban 286,119,689 27.8% </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Literates & Literacy Rate   </li></ul><ul><li>Males 336,533,716 75.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Females 224,154,081 53.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Total 560,687,797 64.8% </li></ul><ul><li>Urban 198,816,980 79.9% </li></ul><ul><li>Rural 361,870,817 58.7% </li></ul>
  4. 4. Kolkata
  5. 5. Gariahat Road
  6. 6. rickshaw
  7. 7. Street vendor
  8. 9. Cobbler
  9. 10. Market
  10. 11. Hinduism: Durga puja
  11. 12. Devi (Great Goddess): Main Features <ul><li>Consort of Shiva </li></ul><ul><li>Different names with different characters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uma, Parvati (peaceful) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Durga, Kali (fierce) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Durga: Great warrior killing buffalo demon (mahisha) </li></ul><ul><li>Vehicle: Lion </li></ul>
  12. 13. Shiva : Main Features <ul><li>Great Ascetic resides at Himalaya </li></ul><ul><li>Consort: Uma, Kali, Durga </li></ul><ul><li>Vehicle: Cow (Nandi) </li></ul><ul><li>Represented as a set of male and female genitals (linga and yoni) </li></ul>
  13. 14. Hinduism: Vishnu: Main Features <ul><li>Consort: Lakshmi </li></ul><ul><li>Four Arms with weapons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wheel (chakra) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conch Shell (Shanka) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rod (Gada) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lotus (padma) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vehicle (vahana): Garuda </li></ul>
  14. 15. Dakshinapan mall
  15. 16. By the Ganges
  16. 17. Varanasi
  17. 18. Varanasi
  18. 19. Varanasi: Evening prayers
  19. 20. Banana plant
  20. 21. paddy
  21. 22. Rural Life
  22. 23. Semi pucca houses
  23. 24. Tapping Date Tree
  24. 25. Village chores
  25. 26. Making puffed rice
  26. 28. Mistress of the household
  27. 29. Kitchen
  28. 30. Generations of women
  29. 31. Rural Gender Empowerment Project
  30. 32. Village school
  31. 33. City School (Bengali Medium)
  32. 36. Mumbai
  33. 39. Street food
  34. 40. More Street Food
  35. 41. Cucumber vendor

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