Geographers call India a subcontinent because it is so large.It covers an area of more than one million square miles.Infact it is almost big enough to be a continent in itself.
On August 14,1947 India became an Independent nation and escaped from the clutches of colonialism and British rule.
India is a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic comprising of 26 states and 9 union territories. India occupies a very strategic position in Asia. It is second most populous country in the world, seventh largest in area in the world.
India is a long pointed peninsula sticking out from the rest of Southern Asia.India is bordered on the east and west by seas and in the north by the largest mountain range in the world --The Himalayas
The land mass is diverse, ranging from the snow clad regions of the Himalayas to arid desert of Rajasthan, from the grasslands of Gujarat to the sal forests of central India, from the tropical forests of Kerala to the swamps of Sunderbans and the evergreen forests of Assam.More importantly India is a country of 980 million people belonging to different religious backgrounds like the Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains,Buddists and Christians and scores of other religions.There are 16 main languages and numerous other languageswhich are spoken in this amazing land called India.
Indian flag is a tricolor comprising of saffron at the top depicting courage, sacrifice and the spirit of renunciation ....Pristine white in the middle symbolizing purity and truth ....and green symbolizing faith and fertility at the bottom .In the middle white portion there is a wheel in blue with 24 spokes depicitng wheel of law in the Pillar of sarnath built by Emperor Asoka.
National anthem of India:
Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he
Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, dispenser of India's destiny. Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind, Gujarat and Maratha, of the Dravid and Orissa and Bengal; it echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas, mingles in the music of the Yamuna and Ganga and is chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea. They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise. The salvation of all people is in thy hand, thou dispenser of India's destiny....Victory, victory, victory to thee.