The Republic of India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area, second most populous with more than a billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. India is well known for its culture, language and religion.
India has, arguably, greater linguistic diversity than any other large country. The precise number of language spoken in India is probably over 1,000. More than 10,000 people speak each a total of 122 languages. The big six languages – Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu – are each spoken by more than 50 million people. Hindi and English are the official languages.
India has various religions. The faith of more than 80% of the people is Hinduism, considered the world’s oldest religious and philosophical system. Islam and Christianity are practiced by around 13% and 2.5% respectively by Indian population. Sikhism, Ayyavazhi, Buddhismand Jainism are Indian-born religious systems that are strong and influential not only in India but across the world.
The Indian culture, often labelled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced by a history that is several millennia old. In addition to languages and religions, Indian cultural diversity has also been heavily influenced by the socio economic status of people