, officially the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west;China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addition, India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

Home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation 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 religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, whereas Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also shaped the region's diverse culture. Gradually annexed by and brought under the administration of the British East India Company from the early 18th century and administered directly by the United Kingdom after the Indian Rebellion of 1857, India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was marked by non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi.


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‘I Cannot Be Intimidated. I Cannot Be Bought.’ The Women Leading India’s Farmers’ Protests

Time Magazine 05 Mar 2021
In January, as the New Delhi winter set in, the Chief Justice of India asked lawyers to persuade elderly people and women to leave the protests ... The Farmers’ Protests Are a Turning Point for India’s Democracy—and the World Can No Longer Ignore That ... And at the protests in India, women are speaking up.

India loses status as ‘free’ nation in Freedom House 2021 report

Arab News 05 Mar 2021
India’s ruling party on Thursday called a report which downgraded its status as a free country “biased.”. The 2021 Freedom House report, which human rights activists say reflects reality in modern India, saw the country known as the world’s largest democracy downgraded from “free” to “partly free.”.

Govt needs diligent planning, tax collection to fulfil budget proposals: Experts

The Times of India 05 Mar 2021
I suggest forming a committee of experts to detect any leakages in the revenue mobilisation system and taking action on the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India reports, too.”. Social and food rights activist Balram said that in the past, ... more from times of india cities.

Video: On the Chinese Regime’s Number One Goal; the India-China Standoff; and the Fall of ...

The Epoch Times 05 Mar 2021
In Hong Kong, almost every prominent pro-democracy activist and lawmaker has been arrested, prompting growing concerns in Taiwan that Taiwan will soon be next.

Imposter examinee wrote answers relayed by person from another location: Cops

Indian Express 05 Mar 2021
Sundarade was also accompanied by one, Premsingh Rajput, a clerk with National Highways Authority of India ... For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App ... India Coronavirus Live Updates ... its relationships with India and Pakistan as ‘zero-sum proposition’.

Attacks on judiciary could invite contempt of court: Bar Council of India

The Telegraph India 04 Mar 2021
The Bar Council of India on Thursday deprecated what it called the rising trend of politicians and activists attacking judges and the judiciary even over their oral observations and cautioned that such attacks could invite contempt of court ... The remarks were widely criticised by a large number of women activists.

Death by wish

The Telegraph India 04 Mar 2021
The suicides of India’s farmers, artists, social activists, medical professionals, IIT students, housewives and politicians are an indication that the rot is not just in the economic inequality, in its caste discrimination, in its oppression of women and in its hopelessly bankrupt knowledge systems.

Backlash over Indian chief justice’s suggestion that a rapist ‘marry his victim’

The Independent 04 Mar 2021
The incident sparked outrage amongst feminists, women’s rights groups, and activists who on 2 March released an open letter to the chief justice of India (CJI) demanding that he retract his words, tender an apology to women, and step down from his post without delay.

SC rejects sedition plea against Farooq Abdullah: All you need to know

Hindustan Times 04 Mar 2021
India’s sedition law was introduced by the British in 1870 ... • Vadodara-based Sharma is secretary and trustee of organisation “Vishwa Guru India Vision of Sardar Patel” while Srivastava is a social activist from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad.

India developer says homegrown COVID-19 vaccine is 81% effective

Manila Bulletin 04 Mar 2021
Covaxin, alongside the AstraZeneca/Oxford shot, is one of two vaccines approved for use in India ... Fears about the lack of efficacy data for Covaxin as India’s mass ... Activists had also accused the firm of cutting corners and breaching rules in conducting trials in India.

Top Biden Economic Policy Adviser Linked to Kashmiri Extremists

The American Spectator 04 Mar 2021
Alarmingly, one of his latest picks to the National Economic Council (NEC) has a history of involvement with anti-India activists known to sympathize with violent Kashmiri separatists and South Asian terrorist groups ... with dissident anti-India groups ... Analysts in India are correct.

Assam academician quits as adviser of Akhil Gogoi’s party

The Hindu 04 Mar 2021
Hiren Gohain’s resignation was against the jailed activist’s political stand involving the minority-based All India United Democratic Front ....

"Don't Scandalise": Lawyers' Body Supports Top Court Over Rape Comment Row

NDTV 04 Mar 2021
Coming in support of the Supreme Court, the Bar Council of India on Thursday asked activists, who wrote to Chief Justice S A Bobde urging him to withdraw remarks made in a rape case, not to... .

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