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South Asia Terms

TermDefinition
Monsoon the seasonal reversal of wind and moisture flows in certain parts of the subtropics and lower-middle latitudes
Indo-European languages the major world language family that dominates the European geographic realm
Dravidian languages the language family, indigenous to the South Asian realm, that dominates southern India today
Partition the subdivision of the British Indian Empire into India and Pakistan at the end of colonial rule on August 15, 1947
Forward capital (example) capital city positioned in actually or potentially contested territory, usually near an international border. an example is Islamabad
Population density the number of people per unit area
Physiologic density the number of people per unit area of arable land
Demographic transition a multi-stage model based on western Europe’s experience of changes in population growth exhibited by countries undergoing industrialization
Fertility rate the average number of children born to women of childbearing age in a given population
Population pyramid graphic representation or profile of a national population according to age and gender
Sex ratio a demographic indicator showing the ratio of males to females in a given population
Communal tension persistent stress among a country’s sociocultural groups that can often erupt into communal violence, particularly in India
Hindutva “Hinduness” as expressed through Hindu nationalism, Hindu heritage, and/or Hindu patriotism
Caste system the strict social stratification and residential segregation of people—specifically in India’s Hindu society—on the basis of ancestry and occupation
Outsourcing the subcontracting of specific business tasks, such as subscriptions or payroll, to another, specialized, company (sometimes abroad), at lower cost
Non-governmental organization (NGO) a legitimate organization that operates independently from any form of government and does not function as a for-profit business
Micro-credit small loans extended to poverty-stricken borrowers who would not otherwise qualify for them
Buffer state a country or set of countries separating ideological or political adversaries
Taliban refers to the Islamist militia group that emerged from madrassas in Pakistan and ruled neighboring Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001
al-Qaeda the terrorist organization that evolved into an expanding global network under the directorship of Usama bin Laden. it sought to coordinate the efforts of once loosely allied Muslim revolutionary movements
Rising sea level one of the expected major impacts of global climate change on the world ocean resulting from the large-scale melting of Arctic and Antarctic ice
Drone warfare the use of remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as delivery systems to conduct military attacks
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