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India (UNICEF 2007 statistics)

Population: 1,169,016
Life expectancy: 64 years
Religion: Hindu (80.5%), Muslim (13.4%), Christian (2.3%), Other
(6.1%) (India 2001 census)
Government: federal republic

India has come a long way since it was home to the Indus Valley
civilization, one of the world’s most ancient civilizations. Invasion by
Northern Aryan tribes created one is now considered Indian culture.
India was invaded several times in subsequent years, but the most
lasting invader was the British who controlled most of India by 1856.
It was not until 1947 that Indian leader Nehru brought independence.
The subcontinent was divided into the secular state of India and the
Muslim state of Pakistan and after war between the two, resulted in
East Pakistan becoming the separate country of Bangladesh. India is
Indian flag now the second most populous country in the world. (CIA World
-Colors: orange represents disinterest in
material gain, white the lighted path of
truth, and green connection with the
-Ashoka Chakra (blue spinning wheel)
symbolizes truth/virtue and is in motion
suggesting India should move forward in
peaceful change

Concerns for India

Overpopulation/Extensive Poverty
India is rapidly growing and thanks to a previous
economic boom. This has led to an emerging middle
class, but also a further widening of the economic gap Head of government: Prime Minister
between the poverty-stricken poor and the very rich. As Chief of state: President Manmohan Singh
population grows, this gap must be addressed or social Pratibha Patil
disintegration is possible. Known for smart economic decisions, a
First female Chief of state in moderate approach toward Pakistan, and
Economy/Widespread corruption India where the role is mostly India’s first nuclear agreement with the
India has been transitioning from a socialist economy to ceremonial. Patil is so far not U.S. Singh faces challenges with the
a capitalist economy. This changes has lead to a large, as popular as her predecessor economic downturn, poverty, and
emerging middle class and widespread corruption and faces opposition based on instability in India.
among business leaders. The new middle class has lead her credibility and actions.
to social breakdown as the previous lines between class
rankings blur. Symptoms of this include arranged
marriage failure and child neglect/abandonment,
particularly of girls.
Suggested prayer topics
Moral Framework
Indians do not have an intrinsic view of morals as right • Pray for Indians to help the extremely poor
or wrong as many other people groups do, but judge and hold business leaders and government
right/wrong based on consequences. For example, while officials accountable for their actions
many people would argue that you should lie because • Pray for Prime Minister Singh to make wise
it’s wrong, Indians would say that you shouldn’t lie decisions regarding India’s economy,
because you might get caught and lose your job. This relations with Pakistan and other countries,
has also contributed to the widespread corruption and and the future of India regarding technology
social breakdown. and energy
• Pray for President Patil to earn credibility in
her role and not waste her opportunity to
make a difference in India
• Pray for India to go through the economic
transformation without society breaking apart
• Pray for those who are dealing with shifting
social classes, marriages falling apart, and
raising children
• Pray for the advancement of justice and
integrity in India

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