Motto: तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय
From darkness lead me to light
Anthem: Shubh Sukh Chain
A map of the states
Confederal Parliamentary Republic
Speaker of Lower House
राज्य सभा (House of States)
लोक सभा (House of the People)
Indian Standard Rupee (₹) (1 USD = 1.15 ISR)
₹ 25 Trillion (Per Capita) ₹ 34722
HDI (NS Version)
80.1 (High )
IWT (GMT+5:00), IET (GMT+6:00)
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India (Hindi: भारत), or officially, the Confederacy of Free Indian States (स्वतंत्र भारतीय राज्यों का संघ), is a large, diverse, and prosperous country of 720 million citizens, spanning most of South Asia, from the Sindhu River in the west to the Arakan range in the east and from the Himalayas in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south. It is a Sovereign Nation according to its Constitution, but according to some scholars, it is a borderline Regional Union. Home to a diverse variety of cultures, languages and religions, India has a history of uniting under a strong leader, experiencing a Golden Age, and then falling apart under weak leaders, and currently it is in the phase of unification. Because of this, the average Indian looks brightly at what the future holds and the country as a whole is optimistic.
During the Seven Years War in Europe, the British, French and Portuguese colonies were all annexed by Indian kingdoms. Many states such as Konkan, Andhra, and Madras were liberated by popular uprisings instigated and funded by the Maratha Empire which wanted to expand its influence over the subcontinent. Eventually, it overextended and several of their subjects stopped paying tribute and instead wished to be allies, which the Marathas accepted, while many others broke away. During the Victorian Era, Indian kingdoms aligned and cooperated with various European countries to westernise and industrialise. Hereby, a complex network of alliances were set up between the Indian and European kingdoms. These alliances played parts in both world wars, with wars going on in parallel between these alliances in both continents. After the bloody second world war, in 1947, the Indian States Congress, was set up to prevent future war in the subcontinent. It was a regional alliance of the various nations in the subcontinent. The Confederacy was formed in the year 1992, when all the member states of the Indian States Congress agreed to centralise and unite under a single nation with individual states still maintaining a large degree of autonomy. The unification happened mainly due to the efforts of statesmen like P. V. Narasimha Rao of Hyderabad, Atal Bihari Vajpayee of Gwalior, and Dr. Manmohan Singh of Punjab.
The Hindi name "Bharat" comes from the mythological king named Bharata, who was the first king to rule over all of India. He is mentioned in the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata as an ancestor of the main characters in the story.
The name "India" was first used by ancient Greeks to refer to "The Land Beyond the Indus", and is the current English name for the country.
The Urdu name "Hind" comes has a similar origin as that of the English name. The Muslims called the land beyond the Sindhu (Indus), Hind, and its people, Hindu.
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The nation, true to its name, has a highly federal government, with each state having its own laws, Constitutions, flags and political systems. The Confederacy as a whole is a republic with the term of office of the पेशवा (President) being 5 years, but individual states comprise of republics, constitutional, and absolute monarchies. The only matters exclusively under the control of the Confederate Government are military, international affairs (trade and diplomacy), national events, and settling disputes between states.
Each state appoints 3 representatives to the राज्य सभा (House of States), 2 from the ruling party and 1 from the largest opposition party in that respective state, of which any one must be female. The House of States has a total of 132 seats. Each state elects a number of representatives to the लोक सभा (House of the People) proportional to the population of that state.
The above system sounds great in theory, but in practice, it leads to unfair representation. In the Lower House, states with massive populations like Punjab and Bengal completely eclipse smaller states like Jaisalmer, Garhwal and Kumaon. Conversely, in the Upper House, smaller states are overrepresented, with the 7 states in Rajputana having 21 members in total despite being culturally similar.
The people directly vote for their mayor/village head in their local civic body elections. In most states, the citizens also vote for a representative from their constituency to the State legislative assembly, and a representative to the Lower House of Parliament. The President is elected by the members of the Lower and Upper Houses.
The Confederacy of Free Indian States is closely allied with the Majapahit Confederation, and is a member of the Democratic Treaty Organisation.
The economy of the Free Indian States is officially a mixed economy, though most sectors are almost entirely run by private businesses. It is largely a manufacturing economy, with an efficient agricultural sector and a growing service sector. The manufacturing sector mainly consists of consumer goods, hardware, textile, chemicals, medicine, shipbuilding, arms and ammunition, construction equipment, trains and locomotive coaches and aircraft parts. The main feature of the agriculture sector is the milk industry, which is the largest in the world. It also includes grains like rice, wheat, maize, millets, vegetables, and pulses. Several cash crops like cotton, indigo, tea and various spices are also grown. The service sector has long been dominated by banking. Recently, advancement in computer applications has led to that industry overtaking the banking sector.