Alternative History
भारत गणराज्य (Republic of India)
Capital New Delhi (307,143 inh)
Largest City Mumbai (16,787,740 inh)
Official language Hindi, English, Bharat, other 27
Government Type Federal republic. Parliamentary democracy
Population 1, 289,337, 000
GDP PPP 2007 $ 2, 986 trillion (14th)
GDP Nominal $ 2, 212 trillion (14th)
HDI rank 128th
HDI category medium
Area 4,405,980 sq km
President Pratibha Patil
Establishment 1918
Administrative Divisions 29 States, seven union territories
Currency Indian Rupee ₨
Religions Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism
Armed Forces 500, 000 men

India, officially the Republic of India (Hindi: भारत गणराज्य Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages), is a country in South Asia. It is the fifth-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal on the east, India has a coastline of 8017 km (4981 mi). It is bordered by Persia to the west; People's Republic of China (PRC), Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; the Bahasa Confederation to the east.

Home to the Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated there, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium CE and shaped the region's diverse culture. Gradually annexed by the British East India Company from the early eighteenth century and colonised by the United Kingdom from the mid-nineteenth century, India became an independent nation in 1918 after a struggle for independence that was marked by widespread nonviolent resistance.

India is a republic consisting of 28 states and seven union territories with a parliamentary system of democracy. It has the world's twelfth largest economy at market exchange rates and the fourth largest in purchasing power. Economic reforms since 1991 have transformed it into one of the fastest growing economies; however, it still suffers from high levels of poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition. A pluralistic, multilingual, and multiethnic society, India is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.