India - the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. India’s cultural voyage started in the 3rd millennium BCE when it was home to the Indus Valley Civilization, and in the next millennium, Hinduism found its way into the country. Following this Buddhism and Jainism arose in India, and as we reached the medieval era Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Sikhism, and Islam arrived, all adding to the region's diverse culture. The country fell under the rule of the Mughals in the 17th century and the British Empire in the late 18th century. A nationalist movement emerged in the late 19th century, which later, under Mahatma Gandhi, was noted for nonviolent resistance and led to India's independence in 1947.
The Indian economy is the world's sixth largest by nominal GDP, the third largest by purchasing power parity, one of the fastest growing major economies and the third largest standing army in the world following China and the US. It is a pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society and is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats. India's languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food, and customs differ from place to place within the country. The Indian culture, often labeled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced by a history that is several millenniums old.
Some attributes that are prevalent among a lot of the families, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, and are characteristic to traditional Indian values are: joint-family system (when extended members of a family – parents, children, the children's spouses and their offspring, etc. – live together), arranged marriages, extensive and festive wedding rituals.
For a country with so many different languages and cultures - a unifying thread can be assimilated to the ancient language of Sanskrit, from which was derived most of the Indian languages. Sanskrit is also considered an attestation to the Indo-European languages and there are many similarities that can be derived both in grammar and vocabulary with Sanskrit to the classical languages of Europe.
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