The Glorious India

India is the world’s largest democracy. Officially called the Republic of India, the history of the country dates back to the era of Indus valley civilization. The origin of the word India is credited to the river ‘Indus’. The river was termed as the ‘Sindhu’ by the Aryan worshippers. Later on, Persian invaders named it Hindu. India is also known as Bharat in respect to the great King ‘Bharat’ and Hindustan which refers to the land of the Hindus. India is known as the ‘Land of several religions’ because of the presence of more than 20 religions in the country. A unique case of ‘Unity in Diversity’, India is a goldmine of arts, culture and languages. India is birthplace of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism.

India is a republic country with 28 states and 7 Union Territories. The national language of the country is Hindi and it is the biggest Hindu nation in the entire world. India is a multilingual country that has contributed significantly to the world in many spheres. The world’s first university was started in Takshila in 700 BC. Ancient India is also credited with establishment of Nalanda University that has students coming from all over the world to study more than 50 subjects. The sub-continental powerhouse also introduced Ayurveda which is the earliest school of medicine known to human civilization.

Geographically, India is surrounded by seas on three sides and by great Himalayas in the north. The country has an amazing coastline of over 7500 kilometers that provides it several advantages. India offers unique amalgamation of diverse traditions, cultures, festivals, rituals and fascinating ceremonies. Because of its enormous wealth, India attracted several invaders over the course of its history. India got its independence on August 15th, 1947 from the British Rule after a historic battle that went on for over 200 years. The country’s struggle for independence inspired several other nations who were under foreign rule.

India primarily used to be an agriculture based economy but things have changed drastically in last 20 years. Now, India has the distinction of being one of the fastest growing economies in the world. India is a true superpower in the making.