Status of the Elderly People in Rural Indian Society: Katra Bakkas Excerpt
Anthropology has a long history of interest in age, and aged informants, but not in aging or the aged (Fry, 1980:1). Older people have provided many of the fascinating accounts of the cultures they remembered in their life experiences. Anthropological studies of aging, however, with few exceptions, are comparatively a recent phenomenon (Keith, 1988 (a):339). This paper discusses their importance of the elderly people in the Indian society in its changing scenario with respect to their discrimination from the other age groups. The stark reality of Indian population is that the Indian population is growing old but the discrimination with these people is also growing up in graph. They are not provided with the same rights as the other age groups and the researcher here discusses on the how is discrimination implicit on them and why is it present in a society like India. The different impacts because of this discrimination on the elderly people and the impact of the same on these people. Introduction
India is a world within the world. It occupies an area of about 2,287,263 sq km with over 1.2 billion population, (census 2011). Nearly all the languages are spoken in this country and all religions find their practitioners here although Hinduisms is the dominant religion. Sixteen per cent of the world’s population lives in the country. Some 826 languages and thousands of dialects are spoken. Different regions of the country, river valleys, plains, deserts, vast stretches of coast, snow covered mountains, present different types of life style and culture. While 72 per cent of the population lives in rural areas, there are more than 225 cities with over 100,000 population, and ten cities with over a million people. India has rich deposits of minerals, natural gas,...