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India

Information about India to be used in Alternative to Religion

GEOGRAPHY & CLIMATE

Peninsula in Asia

Borders with China, Nepal and Pakistan

Tropical climate but with areas of glacial climate and deserts.

HISTORY

Old territory

Sanscrit was used 3000 years ago

Lots of tribes

Under the British Rule

Independent since 1947

Mahatma Gandhi's pacific protest.

PEOPLE

1.12 billion people. 30% live in cities like Mumbai or New Delhi (capital). By 2030: it will be the most populated country in the world. 28% of the population live in poverty. Social casts exist. 70% in farms.

LANGUAGES

Hindi: official language. 21 other recognised languages. More than 1600 dialects. English: business and administration.

SPORTS

Cricket. Field hockey. Tennis. Football.

ECONOMY

Chemicals. Food processin. Mining. Textiles.

RELIGIONS

Hinduism 80.5%. Islam 13.4%. Christianity 2.3%. Sikhism 1.9%. Buddhism 0.8%.