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Imperialism changed many aspects of life in India. A great example of this is the book Nectar in a Sieve, by Kamala Markandaya. This book shows how the changes made by imperialism affected many people in India. All in all, Imperialism warps the economy, the society, and the growth of India. To begin with, the economy violently changes because of imperialism. Therefore, inflation occurs in areas not used to large changes in their economy. Due to this, people who used to be able to buy what they needed no longer could. As well as, people who thought they were rich found that their money is no longer worth as much. With imperialism, big business could come into the fairly new economy and dominate. Big businesses made local ones go out of business because they can lower prices and make a lot more of the product. Since, big businesses can make smaller ones go out of business; they can also form monopolies. With big business dominating, the only job left is farming. With inflation raising the prices, farmers are forced to grow cash crops. With no real food being farmed, famine is common place in most of the country. All in all, imperialism transforms the economy. Next, society is warped in many ways. Due to the lack of money and food, many people turn to unlawful acts to survive. Kunthi, one of Rukmanis neighbors, deceived Rukmani to get rice (pg83). Many women turned to prostitution to support them selves. Ira, one of Rukmanis daughters, commits this act of indecency for money to help a child (pg97). Another terrible act people would commit was stealing. When Rukmani and Nathan only had a few bundles of possessions left they stayed in a church for shelter but not even the holy ground could stop the thieves from stealing their last possessions (pg148). The worst act that imperialism caused was the sheer lack of education in most people in India. With the lack education many people just accept what’s going on around them because their just not educated enough to do anything about it. For example, Rukmani begins reading and writing for people for money (Pg167). It’s a little outrageous how something people in America take for granite is a paid service in India. All in all, imperialism caused the down fall of society in India. On the contrary though, imperialism helped the growth of the nation in some positive ways. Factories were built in small towns and villages. This attracted more people to come to these towns. Because of this, their was plenty of workers for these factories and other jobs. A helpful Building that was introduced to rural areas was hospitals. Hospitals helped sick or wounded people and got more people educated. For example, Rukmanis son Selvam becomes the assistant to the doctor heading the construction of the hospital (pg109). With growth small villages and towns became more modernized. Real buildings are constructed rather then dung huts. Jobs that before were hazardous to health are now friendlier to the people who perform them. All in all, growth started modernization of small rural areas. Lastly, Imperialism manifests changes in the economy, in the society, and in the growth of India. Therefore, imperialism causes inflation, monopolizing, and the sad state of agriculture in the economy. Next, Society is warped due to unlawful acts and the extreme lack of education. On the bright side, growth in India brought jobs, made small towns large, and helped modernize more rural areas. Ultimately, imperialism has caused a downfall of many things in India but in present day India the government and many other educated people are working towards getting rid of the 250 million people in poverty and leading India into a more bright and prosperous future.

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