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India is the world's largest democracy and according to UN estimates, its population is expected to overtake China's in 2028 to become the world's most populous nation.
As a rising economic powerhouse and nuclear-armed state, India has emerged as an important regional power.
But it is also tackling huge, social, economic and environmental problems.
Home to some of the world' s most ancient surviving civilizations, the Indian subcontinent - from the mountainous Afghan frontier to the jungles of Burma - is both vast and diverse in terms of its people, language and cultural traditions.
Republic of India
Capital: New Delhi
- Population 1.3 billion
- Area 3.1 million sq km (1.2 million sq miles), excluding Kashmir
- Major languages Hindi, English and more than 20 other official languages
- Major religions Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism
- Life expectancy 64 years (men), 68 years (women)
- Currency Rupee
- Some key dates in India's history:
2500 BC - India has been home to several ancient civilisations and empires.
1600s - The British arrive in India and establish trading posts under The British East India Company - by the 1850s they control most of India.
1858 - The British Raj: India comes under direct British government rule.
1920 - Independence Struggle: Nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi heads a campaign of non-violent protest against British rule which eventually leads to independence.
1947 - Partition: India is split into two nations both gaining independence, secular but Hindu-majority India and Muslim-controlled Pakistan. Both countries fight the first of three wars over Kashmir.
1950 - India becomes a republic. The Indian National Congress becomes the dominant party.
1962 - India and Pakistan fight a brief border war.
1971 - India and Pakistan go to war over East Pakistan, leading to the creation of Bangladesh.
1974 - India conducts its first underground nuclear test.
1990s - Government initiates a programme of economic liberalisation and reform, opening up the economy to global trade and investment.
2000 - India's population tops 1 billion.
2014 - Hindu nationalist BJP party scores biggest election victory by any party in 30 years.
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