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anth 345 final - 1. The third chapter of Erin Moore's book...

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1. The third chapter of Erin Moore’s book chronicles the political and social unrest of the Indian village of Nara. The parties involved were the Muslim Meo, who were the majority, the hindu minority, and sikh minority. Less apparent, but very important was the role of the government in this case. The author states that the British labeled the meos as bloodthirsty criminals because of there previous role in the Indian Independence movement. The author seems quick to adopt this assessment made by a previous anthropologist and incorporated it in the characterization of case. The trouble started when the government tried to Hinduize the population and the subsequent Muslim reform movement that the Meo were part of. The Meo were unfair and cruel to the Hindus in Nara. The Meo also began fostering sentiment for an independent Meo state. The government wanted to convert the Meo to Hinduism, but when that failed they decided to drive them from their homes. After sometime the Meo were allowed back and the government took on the task of redistributing land among the people of Nara. Once back the government also forcefully sterilized Meo men. The conflict began with the Meo oppressing the Hindu’s. Then the government came in, took the side of the Hindu’s, and oppressed the Muslims. The government redistributed the land with the concept of all men being equal in mind. Before the dispersement, the Meo controlled the Hindu’s by force and subjugated them to labor and work that served the interests of the Meo land owners. The government saw this disparity and tried to implement the ideal equilibrium that all men are equal under the law. But in this case the policy did not result in any sort of new equilibrium. Because the redistribution made land parcels too small, and their was no one to do the grunt work that the lower caste Hindus used to do the economy could not function. 2. USC president, Steven Sample wrote a book about his style of leadership, which he coined as contrarian. His leadership was exercised in a cooperative environment, not competitive environment. At a university everyone is trying to advance the goals of the university. One of sample’s greatest strength is his ability to assess the political aroma, the presuppositions and interests involved, and then make decisions (or not make them) all things considered. When he was president of U Buffalo he realized that one of the
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ANTH 345 taught by Professor Moore during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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