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Gokul Anil

Nikhil Watsa



                                     Urban vs. Rural India










Urban vs. Rural:


In India before the British rule, the Indian economy consisted of several small industries. The small industries were paper making, and agriculture. During the British rule, they recommended rural to urban migration. This brought huge masses of people to the cities. The cities now had bigger economies due to the mass migration. The traditional economy before the British rule was semi-unstable. The economy could not have been depended on. After the British rule, the cities attracted more economy and business. The major port cities became a bustle of activity and culture. The economy of India, during the British rule was stable, and efficient.


India has switched from a traditional to a modern economy only recently. The transition between traditional and modern in India was very fast. The time period during which this transition occurred was from the 1850’s to 1950’s when the British were in India. Britain was the main country that helped India to become more industrial and modernized. They developed a railway system, communication system, and much more. The British goal was to exploit India’s goods and to establish British colonial markets for trade of British goods, but while they were setting up these markets for their own benefit, India gained from its modernization. Much of India now lives a more modern ‘Westernized’ lifestyle, but some rural parts still stick to their old traditions.





There are many differences between the rural and urban parts of India.


In rural areas, Indians still cling to their traditions and customs. These people are under pressure to modernize in present times. Many of the children in the new generation want a Westernized life rather than their old traditions (though the traditions still shape their lives).





In modern areas, Indians live in a lifestyle that is not much different from ours. The fact that India is becoming an open-market economy has opened up India to even more modernization. Economic liberalization, such as industrial deregulation, privatization of state-owned enterprises, and reduced controls on foreign trade and investment, has sped up India’s growth.





So, though the rural places in India are more traditional, and urban places in India are more modernized, the country as a whole is heading towards modernization. Many times, India is thought of as a traditional country, but by actually taking a look at India, one can see that India is very modernized.







Works Cited

"Economic Impact of the British Rule in India." Free Encyclopedia & Web Portal on Indian Culture & Lifestyle. Web. 13 May 2011. <http://www.indianetzone.com/25/economic_impact_british_rule_india.htm>.


"India Economy - Overview - Economy." Index Mundi - Country Facts. Web. 13 May 2011. <http://www.indexmundi.com/india/economy_overview.html>.


"The Transition between the Old and New Traditional Economies InIndia. - Entrepreneur.com." Business & Small Business. Web. 13 May 2011. <http://www.entrepreneur.com/tradejournals/article/136210809.html>.






India Wiki Scoring Rubric



_____ (3)  Original title.  First name, last initial and section right below title

_____ (7) Introductory paragraph develops contrast and/or conflict, explains reasons for topic choice

_____ (4)  At least 2 large quality images, (high resolution), URL cited

_____ (8) Visual images with captions,  captures “tug of war”

_____ (8) “Mock dialogue” between characters/persons representing both sides in the tradition vs. modernity tug of war.  Be imaginative and creative.

______ 30 pts.




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