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India is the world's largest democracy. Throughout its 28 states and 7 union territories, dozens of national and regional parties vie for seats in local, state, and national governing bodies.
As mentioned by Dr. Patrick T. Harker the
President of the University of Delaware,
"India's economic growth has averaged 7 percent
over the last dozen years. In fact, its growth
With over 1 billion people occupying an area about one-third the size of the United States, India is a complex patchwork of ethnicities, religions, and languages. In a country with 15 official languages, English serves as the most important language for political and commercial communication.
India's economy is equally diverse, encompassing everything from traditional village farming to computer software development and service. Modern agriculture, handicrafts, and a wide range of modern industries including textiles, chemicals, food processing, mining, steel, petroleum, and machinery also play roles in India's growing economy.
In addition to speaking English, India's
workforce is relatively young,
well-educated, and technically savvy. India
ranks third in the world in cell phone use
and fifth in terms of Internet users, with
more than 80 million Indians connected to
the rest of the globe via the Internet.
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