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South Asia Study Guide

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South Asia Study Guide GEOG 1010

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Global Geography
Daniel A. McGowin
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Date Created: 09/12/16
35 T HINGS  THAT  YOU  N EED TO  K NOW  ABOUT  SOUTH ASIA!!!   1. Why has South Asia avoided heavy influence from outside Asian nations? Large mountains in the North 2. What physical geographic feature generally contributes to the annual flooding in Bangladesh? There is low elevation and its location right where two major rivers meet. There’s also snow that  melts from the Himalayas that can cause flooding. 3. What is a monsoon? A seasonal wind; high pressured areas start to spin in opposite directions 4. In what way do the populations of South Asia and East Asia differ? a. consider the growth rates The high population density means that people tend to have lots of kids 5. What is the Malthusian theory? Says that eventually there will be too many people for the amount of resources available in an  area. It discusses how to avoid catastrophe by having fewer kids and delaying marriages. 6. In what ways has South Asia generally avoided the Malthusian catastrophe? Population control. 7. What "justification" is generally used to explain why the Ganges is both a sacred river and one of the world's most polluted? 8. What was the Chipko movement? They tried fighting deforestation by literally hugging trees. 9. What major event took place in Bhopal, India? The Bhopal Gas Tragedy, the worst gas leak tragedy. It wasn’t an explosion, but a leaking of  unmaintained pipes. 10. Know the focal point of the initial ancient South Asian civilizations Indus River Valley was first settled then moved to the Ganges River Valley which was the focal  point of population. The river areas are good for people to grow and form societies. 11. What is the caste system? Brahmins are the priests; highest. The vaishyas are merchants, landowners, artisans that have some sort of skill. Sudras are the servants (most of the population) Untouchables are “below humans”; they are unclean and outside of the caste system. They’re  most discriminated against.  When you’re in a group, you never move from it. Technically the caste system is illegal but  socially it still exists.  12. Sikhism is primarily concentrated in which state of India? 5  largest religion in the world and it’s only in one state in India. It’s in Punjab. 13. Hinduism is primarily focused in which two countries? India and Nepal / Bangladesh 14. Why is Hinduism such a difficult religion to define? It’s a collection of ancient Indian religions and therefore is hard to define. It isn’t just one  unifying philosophy.  15. Due to their behavior, worshippers of the Hindu goddess Kali gave us what present­day term? “Thuggys” or “thugs” are people who follow Kali, an unfriendly diety. People who follow Kali  will do unfriendly actions and say Kali told them to do it, like robbing/killing people. 16. What is the significance of Mt. Kailas? The most holy place in Hinduism. It is the “earthly home” of Shiva, the destroyer. It’s off­limits  because of this belief. 17. What role did the Maratha play in helping preserve Hinduism in South Asia? When Maratha came to power they pushed the Mughal out and technically saved Hinduism from becoming a strictly Islamic area. 18. What criteria is used in the formation of the various states of India? Ethnicity because languages are tied to an ethnic group.  19. Be able to explain the general north­south divide in India. 20. What post­independence plan did Mahatma Gandhi initially prefer for South Asia? 21. What was the basis for partitioning of South Asia? 22. What effect did partitioning have on the Indian city of Kolkata? It used to be the capital but it lost the trading area and so the capital was moved. 23. Why does the Indian state of Assam restrict immigration into its territory? They have their own culture; known for tea production. They have a small population and restrict immigration so that no one steals their culture. 24. What territory is the claimed by both India and Pakistan, which has led to these two countries  fighting four different wars against one another? Kashmir; a very small territory that is often fought over. 25. What 1974 event led to the temporary end of hostilities between India and Pakistan, an era of  relative peace that eventually ended in 1999? Cricket; there was a “friendship series” where India went to Pakistan for a cricket game and it  alleviated pressure/tension because they humanized one another. 26. Why did the British introduce sports to South Asia?  To better incorporate South Asians into their British empire. 27. In the early 2000s, what general purpose was the sport of cricket used by India and Pakistan? They could play it while they were working in fields. // They wanted to end hostilities between  countries. 28. What territory lays claim to the longest continuous Buddhist country in the world? Sri Lanka 29. What is the general source of division in Sri Lanka, one that led to a 25­year civil war that ended  in 2009? 30. What is the origin of Nepal's unique flag, which is the only non­rectangular country flag in the  world? It’s actually two flags combined and has a sun and a moon. 31. What role did Prithvi Narayan Shah play in the creation of present­day Nepal? He was the father of Nepal; unified them. 32. What unfortunate problem is Mount Everest facing today? Horrible littering and pollution issue because people will hike it and have no trash cans. 33. What function does Chimi Lhakhang serve in Bhutan? The fertility temple; people come there if they’re trying to get pregnant.  34. Despite possessing the highest per capita GDP in South Asia, Maldives faces an uncertain future. What is the greatest threat to the survival of the Maldives? European companies buy the islands and it’s a huge tourist area, but it could sink anytime now  and it’s also in the middle of the sea. 35. What is unique about the North Sentinelese? They’re an island with NO contact with the outer world. They will not contact people and will  kill anyone who comes close to their island; rumors of cannibalism. 


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