A private trade organization that acted as an arm of colonial Britain in ruling most of South Asia until 1857, when it was abolished and replaced by full governmental control.
The complex division of South Asian society into different hierarchically ranked hereditary groups. The caste system is most explicit in Hindu society but it is also found in other cultures to a lesser degree.
An Indo-European language with more than 480 million speakers, making it the second-largest language group in the world. In India, it is the dominant language of the heavily populate north, specifically the core area of the Ganges Plain.
a contemporary :fundamental" religious and political movement that promotes Hindu values as the essential- and exclusive- fabric of Indian society. As a political movement, Hind Nationalism appears to be less tolerant of India's large Muslim minority than do other political movements.
The historical and contemporary propensity of Indians to migrate to other countries in search of better opportunities. This has led to large Indian populations in South Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands, along with WEstern Europe and North America.
The seasonal pattern of changes in winds, heat, and moisture in South Asia and other regions of the world that is a product of larger meteorological forces of land and water heating , the resultant pressure gradients, and jet-stream dynamics. The monsoon produces distinct wet and dry seasons.
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