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India is the largest democracy (in terms of the number of voters) and the second most populous (900 million) country in the world, with a civilization more than 5000 years old.

The cultural origins of the Indian subcontinent can be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilizations, the remains of which are cherished today as archaelogical treasures. Here is some information on Indian Sculpture. Today, the cultural diversity is marked by 25 states and 7 union territories and 24 chief Indian languages, each spoken by a million or more people, and numerous other languages and dialects, for the most part mutually unintelligible. Many schools in the United States offer programs on Indian Languages including one on Hindi at the University of Pennsylvania. The chief religions are Hinduism (here is another interesting site) , Sikhism, Islam, Christianity, Bahai Faith and here is another, Jainism, Buddhism.

India was under the influence of the British since the late 16th century, until the struggles of Mahatma Gandhi and numerous other freedom fighters secured the Indian independence on August 15, 1947. The British started as the East India Company, a trade outpost in south India. They slowly capitalized on the lack of unity among the various small kingdoms, incorporating the entire country into a British colony. If India still carries a mystique about it and loads of prized antiques and treasures, you can very well imagine what it would be today, if the British had not taken away some of it! The future of the few surviving descendants of the past rulers, is very uncertain under the democratic rule in the country.

Indian Music is as diverse as its culture. Ranging from classical music (which invented the first ever percussion musical instrument) to indian fusion jazz to bebop. An archive of Hindi Movie Songs and an archive of some popular Assamese Movie songs are available.

India's economy India's economy is a mixture of traditional village farming, modern agriculture, handicrafts, a wide range of modern industries, and a multitude of support services. Faster economic growth in the 1980s permitted a significant increase in real per capita private consumption. A large share of the population, perhaps as much as 40%, remains too poor to afford an adequate diet. Financial strains in 1990 and 1991 prompted government austerity measures that slowed industrial growth but permitted India to meet its international payment obligations without rescheduling its debt. Policy reforms since 1991 have extended earlier economic liberalization and greatly reduced government controls on production, trade, and investment.

Tourism has always been a major attraction to INDIA. If you have not been there, here is a cost-effective tour of the country. Before you plan a trip, we suggest that you read a feedback report on travel agents that book tickets to INDIA. A guide to visit places, an adventure summary and an account of a recent trip are also available here. Or, if you prefer, a clickable map of the country is available.

Indian cuisine is world renowned for its rich assortment of spices and tastes. Discover some cool (nay, HOT) recipes.

The following are some of the Graduate Schools in India. Only those schools whose alumni have contributed information on their alma mater are listed.

SPIC-MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) The Clemson chapter of SPICMACAY was formed during the summer of 1993 with the intent of promoting Indian art and culture amongst the students and local community and to act as a forum for exchanging ideas about Indian music, art and culture. SPICMACAY been recognized as a non-funded student organization by Clemson University. We are also affiliated to SPICMACAY--USA, a non profit organization headquartered in San Francisco. The Clemson chapter hopes to organize and conduct concerts, lecture--demonstrations, informal talks/seminars and workshops by classical artistes of world renown. The recent performance by Chitraveena maestro Ravikiran is a step in this direction.

Pointers to Other SPIC-MACAY chapters are available.

India Online offers information pertaining to India and countries of the Indian subcontinent. Information is available on business, international trade, news, travel, food, culture etc.

The HINDU Newspaper
CRY - Child Relief and You.
India Literacy Project
ASHA - Stanford is an action group for basic education in India.
India Online Offers information pertaining to India and countries of Indian subcontinent. Information is available on business, international trade, news, travel, food, culture etc.
Vikas is a voluntary organization focussing on AIDS control in India.
GURUKUL is a group that primarily focusses on education. Currently they are also involved with housing projects.
Action India
Headlines from recent newspaper articles
Astrology, Etheric planets, Schemes of evolution, and our Solar System
A Speech by Mother Teresa who has been working with the downtrodden at Calcutta for a long, long time.

Contributors to this page

Sridhar Venkataraman, Dinesh Katiyar, Yogesh Pathak, Pratap Khedkar, Vijayakumar Vemulapalli, Jugal Kalita, Rabin Deka, Navin Kabra, Atanu K. Deb Barua, Krishnan Viswanath, Ashwin Batish, Kesavaram Gadi, RamPrasad Narasimhan
Nandakumar Sankaran (nandu@cs.clemson.edu)

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