Artwork by 14 year old Swetalina Samantaray from Bhubaneswar
India is a South-Asian country bound by the Indian Ocean in the south, the Arabian Sea in the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal in the southeast. It is the 2nd most populous country in the world and 7th largest in area.
India attained its independence on 15 August 1947 after 200 years of British rule. India has 28 states and 8 union territories and shares land with Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, and Myanmar.
The national animal of India is the royal bengal tiger, the national bird of India is peacock, the national fruit of India is mango, the national flower of India is lotus.
India’s national anthem is Jana Gana Mana written by Rabindranath Tagore, the national song is ‘Vande mataram’, and the national sport is hockey.
The famous Himalayan Range and the largest Ganges delta are situated in India. The people of different states eat different food, talk in different languages, and their culture is also different.
Nature and temperature are also different, in the hilly area the temperature is low, in the desert temperature are high, and in the plateau, plane, and seashore area the temperature is pleasant. The main occupation of India is agriculture although many other industries like telecom, pharmaceuticals and IT have also gained prominence.
Even though there is so much diversity in India, the people of India all live together in harmony.