BiA-SCE-Class Assignment 1

Date: 17 February 17, 2012 Teachers: Mr sharma & Ms Tang Minor: Business in Asia, Socio-Cultural Environment Students: Trudy Danso 09087273 Namrata Lal 09063471 Prashant Jain 08058504 Qiao Schu Qijia Shi Qi Zhang Tarik Abdelmoula

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..................................................................................................................Contents BiA-SCE-Class Assignment 1 ..................... 3 Episode 2 – The power of Ideas .................................................................. 5 Episode 4 – Ages of Gold........................................ 8 2 ............................................................................... 7 Episode 6 – Freedom ...................................................................................................... 6 Episode 5.......................................................................................... 4 Episode 3 – Spice routes and silk roads ...meeting of two oceans................................................................................................................................. 1 Episode 1 – The beginning of India ....................................................................................................................................................................................

to 1900 B. law and writing. first time in history most of us will live in the cities rather than the countryside. Like the other great ancient civilization in Iraq. This is because it is perfectly preserved. The Veda’s have been orally transmitted down the ages accurately as recording. clues of Indian history. Latin and Greek and even to English. Even if you now go to Kerala. There was found out that there are many similarities between Sanskrit.C.000/80. the beginning where everything started.C. For the historians and archaeologists civilizations means living in cities large scale. started 1500 B. Even before pyramids they already had cities in India. Also the rituals for example organizing an event for 12 days for the God of fire. the linguist can date them. that walked out to India. During this episode it is said that the first humans.000 years ago. arrived 70. monumental architecture. during this period there was a population of 200. all the non-Africans on the planet can trace their descent from those early migrations into India. The rise of cities. Mohenjo Daro It was more or less an urban giant. And also clues that till recently were completely unsuspected. And everything which is mentioned shapes the norms and values of Indians because Indians are very traditional.C after the death of Indus cities Aryan tribes began to enter India with new gods and language. India’s first cities had grown up on a river. The root of languages spoken by a billion people.C. highly organized societies. The language Sanskrit is the answers to all modern dialects. Indus civilization was also mentioned during the episode. The rest of the world was populated from here. With up to 5 million people it was the world’s biggest population. 3 . Harrapa was far old known than anything in India. In year 1922 British and Indian archeologist targeted an untouched sight. Egypt and China. In the year of 2007. In the stone age great arch from the Mediterranean to India changes in technology led to the invention of agriculture. It is said that the process of civilization began in 7000 B. High period for Indus civilization was around 2900 B. 1500 B. They believed that civilization was the product of classical world for whom they were the modern standard barriers. India you can find the clues of the first Indians who left their traces. The Europeans saw India as primitive and very backwards. Furthermore languages and religions were elaborated during the episode. Another interesting thing that was mentioned was that. The experience of the ancestors is faithfully handed down from generation to generation.Episode 1 – The beginning of India In this episode we go back to the roots of India. All of this was not known to me at the beginning except for the Sanskrit part. even earlier than Egypt. At the end Micheal Wood talks about the language Sanskrit. The oldest is the collection of 1000 hymns called the Rig Veda.000 people.C.

the royal and nobles Gautam left his homes. The second event occurred in 326 BC. There are several major events should be mention. especially Buddhism. By Chandragupta Maurya’s lead. He is the later Buddhist legend. they have a guide to find the truth of life and the world.Episode 2 – The power of Ideas This video is about the origin and development of religion in India. India people started to have a unit belief. these affects not only on people’s lives. Even thousand years past. these culture and belief keep affect people not only in India. helped them to have religious beliefs. also is on business and economy. The first is the origin of Buddhism and spread in the 5th century BC. when Alexander the Great led the Greek army swept through India. Such beliefs have gradually spread to all over the world later on. but with this video. bring the truth of life and Buddhism theory to countless Indian people. Gautam traveled around India. the man who used to be a very violent people became a legend of the Buddhist also. the Indian armies fight away the Greek invaders and established the greatest Indian empire. people started to know how hardly these India legends tried to find the balance of peace and war. after comprehend the true meaning of life. One man called Chandragupta Maurya found out that power of violence can unit people together. 4 . Everybody knows India is the origin of Buddhism. After people have belief. After Chandragupta Maurya achieved the rights and power. The last event is about King Ashoka. he started his own way to finding truth. also among the world. Because of these legends. and started the first step on the road of seeking truth. Like the rest of the great Indian kings. Shakyamuni Buddha.

which lays foundations of medieval India. 5 . During the trade. Michael Wood narrates his journey on an old wooden sailing boat from South India to Gulf and tells how to trade spice with Rome. formulates the earliest cuisine of India and journeys to the ancient capital city of South India. the episode presents how the northern part of India was opened up to the world during the same period since the merchant’s caravans commerce to use the Silk Route between the West and China. Starting from Kerala. Mathura illustrates how one of the India’s greatest ruler opened the door of India to the rest of the world. a recipe of dormouse stuffed with peppercorn is provided as well. in Peshawar. Michael Wood takes us to see what remains of the greatest building in the world. Just because of the spice routes and silk roads. Kushan used to destroy the earliest city of South Asia. which accelerates the contact and exchange between India and the rest of the world. Following by that. it briefly demonstrates the history and evolvement of the Spice Routes and Silk Road of India. Travelling down the Khyber to Peshawar in Pakistan. Then the video leads us to the Merv in the deserts of Turkmenistan and reminds us of the forgotten empire of the Kushans that ruled India in the first centuries CE. which is named Madurai. India civilization grew.Episode 3 – Spice routes and silk roads In the fifty-four minutes’ episode. And India opened up to the outside since then. After that. In addition. he discovers the lost site of the greatest Roman trading port.

This is something that has been there since 500 BC. The God is celebrated in any way possible. The Cholen age is the biggest period when it comes to Indian Art. I found it very interesting to see how the traditions and the Empire from many many years ago still exist in the way Indians live today. This book is not only a book that portrays positions but it means more than that. Kamasutra it is also a big part of the Indian culture. 6 . for example in movies. This poet has become the most loved and is available in 300 versions and in many different languages that are spoken in India. Ayodhya city was formed which is now an ancient city. Most of the Indians are vegetarians. it’s about the idea of how to love. novels and many more.Episode 4 – Ages of Gold In this video episode. It’s obvious that the Gupta Empire has shaped the civilization in the northern part of India in the middle ages. This video shows us how and where the culture and the traditions in the daily lives of Indian people comes from and how it’s still done today. In the 15th century. It’s actually about how to have fun. During that time. Rama was seen as the reincarnation of God on earth. This masterpiece is one of the greatest sculptures in the world. It has to keep their religion in mind. This Indian history has a big effect on the business environment. These things should all be kept in mind while doing business in India. many sculptures were made portraying the Gods. Many pilgrims told his story. There is a temple built for the God Shiva in Thanjavur. This book encourages women to seek their own level of satisfaction. For example. Crafting images has become a part of the Indian culture. The Kamasutra tells that a relationship is mutual. One of the great emperors was Raja Raja. These religions preached the principle of ahimsa which means ‘’non-violence’’. It also tells a man how he should be righteous and how to gather wealth. The Chola Empire ruled over the southern part of India. This is seen as the city where the God Shi ram was born. the traditions in the house. the Indian empire and culture is discussed from the 15th century till today’s India. For example there is one sculpture that is portraying the God Shiva. promoting a new hamburger with beef meat wouldn’t be successful as promoting a very healthy veggie burger for example because the majorities in India are vegetarians. which stands for the God that came to earth to destroy evil. A western company that wants to start a company in India should adapt a lot of things if it wants to succeed and achieve many customers. so a man is not necessarily above a woman.India’s first poet is the one of Rama(yana). It’s also very interesting to see how religion has been a very important aspect of their culture from ages ago till now. I wasn’t aware that the Kamasutra contained more than the sexual aspects of love. give and take. This is when India saw the rise of Buddhism and Jainism.There are different ways how the civilization in the southern part of India has been shaped otherwise than in the northern part. it is from both ways.

His advisor Birbal knows as the finest political advisor and smartest man of his times. This was the era of Muslim rule in India. Earlier in 11th century Mohammed Sultan Gajini a fanatic emperor came to India. Later his son Akbar became one the greatest king of India. He even destroyed the Somnath temple. they were some people like Sufi Saints who didn’t choose the sword to spread the word of Islam instead they believed in enlighten the religion Islam in peaceful manner. After the death of the king Akbar his son Aurangzeb took over. Aurangzeb considered as weak leader. Later in 1692. In 1925. Akbar was considered as one the finest emperor of his times. and brutal attacks on Hindu religion and their followers. 7 . new Muslim invaders came to India like king Barbar. He attacked the one of the most prestigious temple called “Somnath” temple of Hindu religion in order to loot the gold. Muslim emperors ruled India more than 350 years. Muslims leaders not only rule India but also did forced conversion of Islam.Episode 5. This started the downfall of Mughal Empire in India and gave open doors to British rule. Muslims invaders which came from afghan and Turks conquered the Delhi and even build the symbol of Muslim invasion called “ Qutab Minar” . On the other hand. Aurangzeb was more busy living a luxurious lifestyle and spending money and resources to build monument like Taj Mahal instead of taking care of his empire.meeting of two oceans The 5th episode is about the Muslim Invasion in India. He fought the battle with jhangez khan and beats him in order to take the hold of India in his hand. His intentions were not noble as he has the vision of looting the gold and resources from India.

I read and watch some books and films about it. giving birth to the modern world. As we know. India is one of the four countries with an ancient civilization. Wood reveals how in South India a global corporation came to control much of the subcontinent. India has been the biggest democracy. it is predicted that India’s GDP will overtake America. Mr.Episode 6 – Freedom This episode examines the British Raj and India’s struggle for freedom. everything was changed from the late 18 century. discovering the enigmatic Briton who helped found the freedom movement. 8 . First of all. Now. People began freeing the creative energies from 1947. the rise of Gandhi and Nehru. Such as the successful transformation in the economy. I found it is really hard to find records of Indian history before 7 century. the first thing of first. Such as Bollywood. Furthermore. we can see India got many value from its long-standing history. Therefore. From 700 A. North India was ruled by Muslim. and the events that led to the Partition of India in 1947. When I studied in the high school of China. history is one of major studies of mine. In this colonial process. I call it the time of ancient India. The armies of a private multinational.D to 18 century. by 2030. the British East India Company. India also has a capability to conserve their own genius but to bring in the discoveries of other civilizations and incorporate them. and do not ignoring the influence of religion in business. please respecting their religion. Islamism and Hinduism were colliding drastically here in a long period. imposed their rule on this vast land. If someone want to do business with Indians. and explores the magical culture of Lucknow. events that need never have happened in the way. He traces the Amritsar massacre. I was fascinated by those old civilizations in the world. However.

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