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The Indus Valley civilization, one of the world's oldest, flourished during the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE and extended into northwestern India. Aryan tribes from the northwest infiltrated onto the Indian subcontinent about 1500 BCE; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. The Maurya Empire of the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE - which reached its zenith under Ashoka - united much of South Asia. The Golden Age ushered in by the Gupta dynasty (4th to 6th centuries CE) saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture. Arab incursions starting in the 8th century and Turkic in the 12th were followed by those of European traders, beginning in the late 15th century. By the 19th century, Britain had assumed political control of virtually all Indian lands. Indian armed forces in the British army played a vital role in both World Wars. Nonviolent resistance to British colonialism led by Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru brought independence in 1947. The subcontinent was divided into the secular state of India and the smaller Muslim state of Pakistan. A third war between the two countries in 1971 resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. India's nuclear weapons testing in 1998 caused Pakistan to conduct its own tests that same year. Despite pressing problems such as significant overpopulation, environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and widespread corruption, rapid economic development is fueling the country's rise on the world stage.

Geography and History of India
Refer to this article to learn about the geography of India. Learn about India's history, governmental structure, economics, geography and climate from Geography at About.com.

India Population
Discover the facts about India's population and its growth toward India becoming the most populous country in the world over the next few decades.

Largest Cities in India
Refer to this list to learn which of India's cities are its largest. Learn about the twenty largest cities in India.

Map of India
A nice clear map of India from the CIA World FactBook.

Geography and Map of India
A political map, comprehensive data, and flag from the CIA World FactBook.

India's Place Name Changes
Learn about the recent place name changes in India - from Bombay to Mumbai, Calcuttta to Kolkata, and more!

India's 28 States
Read this article to learn the names, total population, capitals and land area of India's 28 states from Geography at About.com.

India's Seven Union Territories
Read this article to learn about the Union Territories of India. Learn what they are as well as their names, land areas, capitals and populations from Geography at About.com.

India's Flag
A great image of India's flag and a description of the flag of India.

Blank Outline Map of India
A free blank outline map of India to print out for educational, school, or classroom use.

Your Guide's overview of the physical and cultural geography of the world's second most populous nation.

Merriam-Webster Map of India
A clear and detailed India map along with basic geographic facts from Merriam-Webster. The map includes many cities and major physical features.

India Maps
A nice collection of large detailed maps of India from the PCL Map Collection.

India: History, Geography, Government, and Culture
Great data and historical information from Infoplease.com.

India – A Country Study
Comprehensive book-length information from the Library of Congress. Published in 1996.

Background Note – India
A great profile, including political history, from the U.S. State Department.

Ministry of Tourism
The official tourism site; a plethora of information, including city guides.

Census of India
Counting the world's second largest country.

Flags of the World - India
The flag of India and everything you ever wanted to know about the flag.

Geography of New Delhi
Learn about New Delhi, India. Learn information about New Delhi's history, government, geography, climate and urban structure.

India's Look East Policy
India’s Look East Policy is an effort being made by the Indian government to cultivate and strengthen economic and strategic relations with the nations of Southeast Asia in order to solidify its standing as a regional power.

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