Growing beef trade hits India's sacred cow
BY : Arezou Rezvani, Benjamin
Gottlieb and Elise Hennigan
As India continues its struggle for economic and political dominance in South Asia, there is concern that Hindu-mandated bans on beef could hamper the industry's future growth.
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Tibet's Sacrifice: Exiled Lives
BY : Dan Carino
MULTIMEDIA: A comic strip that takes a tragic look at self-immolation and the Tibetan situation as seen through the eyes of an activist, who was arrested for attempting to self-immolate, and Tibetan refugees living in a settlement.
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India's feisty – and effective – environmental champion
BY : Jason Kehe
Sunita Narain has learned that being an environmentalist in India means being an advocate for the poor – and for immediate action. One must also believe that sustainable development is possible, with the right kind of preparation.
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As adoption demands grow, Indian families look beyond castes, religion
BY : Benjamin Gottlieb and Emily Frost
In a Hindu society, where one’s social designation and caste are vitally important, “borrowing” a child from one’s relatives guarantees the parents knowing the child's origins. But now, the trend is quickly becoming to look outside extended family for adoption.
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About The Project
In Spring 2012, J585 students focused on reporting about the effect of caste and religion on South Asian culture and society in India and in Southern California. The foundation for caste, a much- misunderstood social system, is in ancient Hindu texts, but the classifications continue to delineate social and economic spheres for India’s Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Muslims and Christians at home and abroad. J-585’s assignment was to investigate how caste and religion affect Indian law, business, gender relations and politics. At the very moment when India is poised to be a world power, how, where and why does caste affect its citizens? How does it affect Indian immigrants?
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