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“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colours, smells, tastes and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolour.”

- Keith Bellows, Editor-in-Chief of the National Geographic Traveller

India, officially the Republic of India, is the world’s largest democracy with over 1.2 billion people and among its fastest growing economies.

Home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent has been associated with commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism - originated here, whereas Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also helped shape the region's diverse culture. Gradually brought under the direct administration the United Kingdom from the mid-19th century, India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was marked by non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi.

Since independence, India has steadily emerged as a significant voice in the international arena. Its economic achievements, particularly over the past two decades, have been well documented and its democratic values have helped bind the nation's pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society. At the same time, the country is faced with myriad complexities as it deals with socio-economic issues that need to be viewed from multiple perspectives.

As a developing nation, India has come a long way yet is poised to go much further. Be a part of its journey with the ISS and experience its culture, its people and all else that makes !ndia Incredible.

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