The Importance Of Cultural Diversity In India

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In the New York City hospital setting, you will encounter many individuals of Indian descent as both health care providers and patients. Being knowledgeable and sensitive to cultural differences will assist health care providers in delivering exemplary care. According to the U.S. Census, India is the second most populous country in the world with 1.2 billion people. Many expatriates now call the United States of America home. Needless to say, cultural differences exist within so many people. Accurately describing all these norms and unique social practices would be nearly impossible. However, learning that diversity exists and respect should be forthcoming. “Diversity has long been viewed as a tool to enhance education, and research has shown…show more content…
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To fully understand Indian culture and customs, India’s long history is used as a foundation. Numerous religions were founded in India. These religions are Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Other religions have also played influences in shaping Indian culture such as Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Henceforth, religion is intertwined with customs and traditions. Therefore, this discussion will defer to religions as the main factor of cultural diversity and sensitively addressing issues.
The official language of India is English, followed by Hindi. After those two languages, there are more than 600 dialects which may be spoken. The Indian accent and vocabulary is heavily influenced with British English. India also uses the metric system instead of the English units used here in the U.S. Body language is also widely used as a form of communication. The stereotypical head shaking or bobbing can be an indicator of yes or no. Eye contact is preferred, however females may not look older males in the eye due to the male dominant society in India. Clasped hands are indicative of the greeting “Namaste”, pleading or praying. The showing of the soles of the feet is generally taboo. This indicates one is beneath you. Touching, intimately or professionally, is also taboo. A healthcare provider should not invade personal
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Therefore many Hindus are strict vegetarians and will avoid any animal ingredients. This includes eggs and fish. Fasting is also commonplace. The reasons for fasting may be for religious observances. Ayurvedic remedies or homeopathic herbal remedies are used as frontline cures for ailments. These include spices, herbs, roots and other homeopathic remedies which don’t have any scientific backing. Some Hindus may believe in astrology and predetermined faith. Whilst others may have superstitious beliefs originating from their respective

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