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Paromita Ghosh & Anindita Dey

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Chapter 9: Views on Aging and Dying among the Middle-Class Bengali Hindu Elderly Residents of Kolkata

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Views on Aging and Dying among the Middle-Class Bengali Hindu Elderly Residents of Kolkata
Views on aging and dying among the middle-class Bengali Hindu elderly residents of Kolkata
ParomitaGhosh and AninditaDey
Introduction

The 2001 Census reveals that more than 7 per cent of the Indian people are over 60 years of age. The proportion may be low but India being a populous country, the absolute number is quite high. According to Rajan et al. (1999), the Indian elderly can be divided into two groups, the young old (60–69 years) and the old old (over 70 years).

Hindu Views on Aging and Dying

In the early Vedic age, the lifespan of individuals was divided into four Asramas (stages of life): (i) Brahmacharya—the chaste life of a vedic student, (ii) Garhasthya—the life ...

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