As of now, countries of South Asia comprise approximately one-sixth of the world's population. India, alone has over one billion inhabitants, and will soon surpass China as the world's most populous nation. In comparison with its size, this area could be considered by some to be one of the most diverse places in the world. Along with religious and ethnic diversity, there is also wide linguistic diversity with hundreds of languages and dialects that are spoken through out the subcontinent. Although steeply rooted in cultural and religious tradition, social life in South Asia has changed significantly in some urban areas, while only modifying slightly in others. This could be attributed to the openness or close mindedness of cultural groups to change.
[...] It cannot be said that the influence of Western ideas introduced a negative way to perceive women in India, but there are some similarities between the Western woman and the modern Indian Woman. A very interesting feature of Bombay is the beer bars. Suketu Mehta uses a large portion of his book Maximum City to explain and explore the concept of the beer bar. In beer bars, women dance on stage to music form Bollywood films, while the men in the audience shower them with rupee notes. [...]
[...] In Pakistan, although never under a planned economy, foreign investment began to increase rapidly especially in the technology sector. Upward social mobility became more feasible for many more people in Pakistan because of this. The Place of Women in Karachi One would most likely assume that most of the economic changes in both India and Pakistan would have more of an effect on the male citizens, as opposed to the females. Males make up the majority of the workforce in the technology and business sectors, while many females (if they do work) are in professions that do not require as much skill. [...]
[...] ‘There is no need for purdah [veiling and segregation of women] in such places,' Zubaida told me, because women can find a path from house to house without being seen.' (Ring 24) One of the freedoms of living in the village is the fact that most people who live there are familiar enough with one another to know what is, or is not acceptable within the community. The women who live in the shipyard do not have that luxury. They are free to move about the building during the day, when all of the men are gone, but when the were in residence once again, women's casual traffic was inhibited” (Ring 49). [...]
[...] was to be a home to the adherents of Islam in the former colony. Karachi was to become the capital of the nation, although it was later changed to Islamabad in 1960. Many Muslim refugees from India flooded into Karachi, increasing its population, and transforming its culture into one more Islamic. Bombay also gained many Hindu refugees from the area that is modern day Pakistan, but also held on to a significant portion of its Muslim population. As a result, Bombay had a diverse religious demographic, while Karachi was more homogeneous. [...]
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