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People of India
India is home to one of the world's great civilizations that can be traced back thousands of years and empires existed here fare earlier than anything comparable to Europe. Even the mightiest of India's ancient civilizations did not encompass all of modern India and today it is still as much a country of diversities as of unities. Its role as the birthplace of two of the world's great religions ensures its historical importance.
Stretching from the frozen barrier of the Himalayas to the tropical greenery of Kerala and from the sacred Ganges to the sands of the Thar Desert the country's boundaries encompass the imcomparable variety. Walk the streets of any Indian city and you will meet the representatives of several of the world's great faiths, a multitude of castes.
India's major religion Hinduism is followed by about 80% of the population. It is one of the oldest religions with firm roots dating back to beyond 1000 BC.The other main religious groups are Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and smaller groups of Buddhist and Jainis.About 7% of the population is classified as Tribal. They are found scattered throughout the country but most of them are concentrated in Northeastern Indian states, Orissa, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh and other central Indian states.
Today India's population stands only next to China. Still more than half of the population lives in villages. The Indian people are not homogenous and one can tell difference between people from South India or North India. From north to south and east to west the people are different, the languages are different, the customs are different. Each group has its own distinct characteristics, dress, culture, cuisine etc. Despite these regional variations there is Indian ethos and nationalistic feeling uniting the country together. If you simply want to meet the real India you will come face to face with it all the time. It is an experience, which one is unlikely to forget ever.