India: 2018 Round Square Conference

Sara Ramos and Hannah Baron
India is a beautiful land engulfed in culture, art, influential people, innovative ideas, and beautiful scripts and languages.
India may be known as an underdeveloped country full of disease and danger, but it is currently undergoing an economic metamorphosis. It contains 29 states and 7 union territories. This magnificent country holds the position of the second highest population in the world, with 1.3 billion people. India is a mixture of many distinct cultures and ethnicities. India’s main languages include, Hindi, Punjabi, and English. Both Hindi and Punjabi originate from an ancient script called Sanskrit that many other languages also originate from. As mentioned above, India is a country of many cultures that all blends together to form a country that, often, unites. The main religions include, Hinduism, which claims 79.8% of the population, Islam, which adheres to Hinduism making up 14.2% of the population. Other religions include, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism. India’s religions are that of Polytheism, meaning that the religions worship more than one god. The religions worship many gods, but there are three in particular that are mainly worshipped, which include, Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver, and Shiva, the Destroyer. These gods are the basis of the Hinduism religion. India has quite the background. It was once a colony of the British, just as many other countries that have now obtained liberty.

With a chance to experience the India only before described in books, and shown in movies, 4 delegates from our very own school will be attending the next  Round Square Conference, in January of 2018. The Round Square is an association of 180 schools in 50 different countries jointed through 6 ideals: internationalism, democracy, adventure, service, environmentalism, and leadership. Palmer Trinity is one those schools. This year’s conference will be hosted by Welham Boys School in Dehra Dun, India and the elected theme will be, “Escape the Ordinary.” Mysterious, right? The idea of the conference is to allow kids all over the world to interact, and show each other that we should stop allowing ourselves to be fit into a headline, that names us all as if we are one. We are different people, with unique qualities and abilities, and even though we keep being told to be ourselves, we have to find out on our own just how different from the norm we are. Then show it.
    • Pictured (left-right) are Sara Ramos, Hannah Baron, Tyler McCray, Benjamin Arnold

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