is a large and populous country located in Southern Asia,
with a total land area of
3,287,590 sq km. India's peninsular shape leaves it with over
7,000 km of coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Bay of
Bengal. Climate varies greatly from tropical in the south to
temperate in the north. The lowest point is sea level at the
Indian Ocean and the highest is Kanchenjunga in the
Himilayas at 8,598 meters.
type is a federal republic with New Delhi as the capital.
President Kocheril Raman Narayanan and Prime Minister
Atal Behari Vajpayee work with the cabinet and parliament to
govern the largest democracy in the world.
is 1.033 billion with a 1.7% rate of natural increase.
is diverse in India.
Dialects in the north belong to the Aryan family
while those in the south belong to
the Dravidian family. National or official languages include:
Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kennada, Kashmiri, Malayalam,
Marathi, Oriya, Panjabi, Sanskrit, Sindi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and
English. Hundreds of other languages are also spoken.
encompases a vast array of agriculture, production, technology and
industries from traditional to modern.
GDP is US$2,200 with 35% of the population (3.5 million people)
the poverty line. Sixty-seven percent of the labor force
is engaged in agriculture, with 18% in services and 15% in
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