Compare and Contrast your native country to the United States with regard to Religion, Politics, Social Behaviour and Economic conditions.
Vimal Chandra Kaza, 1491430
EPS:Occup Purps-Sci & Tech
Professor Michael O’Toole
Fairleigh Dickinson University
“To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.” ~George Santayana India and the United States of America are two of the world’s largest and prominent democracies. In the past few decades, they have conquered a significant progress in development and globalization. The geographical setting of the two countries is no more a barrier and the credit goes to the perpetually evolving technology which has abridged the factor of distance greatly, turning the world into a global village and drawing all the cultures into a homogeneous viewpoint. India and United states share few similarities and also equally notable dissimilarities in terms of Religion, Politics, Social behaviour and Economic conditions. These similarities and dissimilarities are outcomes of the different life styles embraced by the inhabitants, from the medieval times. They are discussed extensively in the paragraphs below. Religion is the one of the most crucial and predominant factor which holds the country’s population together. The main similarity in religion that both the countries share is most of the residents follow their religion with utmost reverence. The majority of the Americans follow Christianity and they visit churches. Similarly, majority of the Indians are Hindus and they perform religious rituals and visit Temples. There are several other ethnic groups apart from Christianity and Hinduism, prevailing in both the countries and they follow different religions correspondingly. Both these countries religions consist of various cults and each cult may also comprise of a cult leader supported by their followers. In both these countries, the lower sect or lower sub castes were treated very harshly and they were made the slave of the communities. They were deprived of many fundamental rights and supressed in an ill-mannered impertinence. In United States, the African community was treated in the same way. They were not allowed to enter into public places like hotels and restaurants, which served the Americans. They were also not permitted to locate near American communities but only in the separate spaces allocated to them, which were in the outskirts of the city. In India, similar conditions were existing pertaining to the lower class of people called the Untouchables. They were also treated very badly and were not tolerated to enter into temples or restaurants which served the upper castes. The social evil of racism is being brought down by the people by the awareness obtained from education and literacy. Even though there are many similarities in the religious terms, there are also noteworthy dissimilarities existing between the countries too. The first dissimilarity is that the untouchables still subsist in the remote parts of India, even after such an immense advancement in globalization, subjugated by the superior sects. However, in the current period the Africans are treated equally in America and are provided with equivalent rights in every path of life. The other dissimilarity is that the Indians celebrate numerous festivals annually when compared to the Americans who celebrate significantly less number of festivals annually. The other dissimilarity is that in India, the act of special reservation was introduced to encourage the lower class people to grab the opportunities which they were taken away from them for a long time in the past. But, the Americans do not have any forms of reservations for any specific group of lower class people, and as a matter of fact they are treated equally in every field they opt for and are given equal opportunity to sustain in parallel with them. Thus,...
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