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India, officially the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country located in South Asia.

India may also refer to:

Geography and culture

  • The entire Indian subcontinent, inclusive of India's neighbouring countries
  • Greater India, the historical extent of Indian culture beyond the Indian subcontinent
  • India Meridionalis ("South India"), a phantom peninsula formerly believed to lie east of Malaysia
  • The Three Indias, sometimes including Ethiopia or the Americas
  • India Superior and Alta India ("Upper India"), an area of this peninsula and/or the Americas
  • India, Texas, an unincorporated community in the United States


The term India has historically also been used to refer to:

  • Epic India, prehistoric India as described in mythological epics
  • Mahajanapada, the ancient kingdoms and republics of ancient India
  • Herodotus's India, a legendary land prior to Alexander's invasions
  • Hindustan, a name used for the northern and northwestern Indian subcontinent. Consists today of most of Northern India, Bangladesh, and Eastern Pakistan
  • British Raj, officially known as the British Indian Empire
  • Former Dominion of India or Union of India (1947 to 1950), the Republic of India before the adoption of its constitution
  • India (East Syriac Ecclesiastical Province), a historical ecclesiastical province of the Church of the East


Other uses

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