LIFE IN INDIA shows large disparity. A country of contrasts, India shocks the visitors with the crowded and noisy streets, the beggars and poverty and also with the extravagant luxury and the amazing monuments.
India is the second most populous country in the world and the largest democracy in the world. A nuclear weapons state and a regional power, this country has the third-largest standing army in the world. With 7 of the world's top 15 information technology outsourcing companies based in India, the country is viewed as the second-most favourable outsourcing destination after the United States. India's telecommunication industry is the world's fastest-growing and the automotive industry is the world's second fastest growing.
Indian cultural history spans more than 4,500 years and four world religions originated here (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism).
Traditional Indian society is defined by a strict social hierarchy, the Indian caste system.