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Touting, please don't list the same place many times, and no booking services please.
India is proud of its democratic record. Constitutional government and democratic freedoms have been safeguarded throughout its 60 years as an independent country, except for an 18 month interlude in 1975-1977, when Prime Minister '''Indira Gandhi''' declared a state of '''emergency''', suspending elections and human rights.
Current concerns in India include the corruption, poverty, over-population, environmental degradation, ongoing disputes with Pakistan and China, terrorism, and ethnic and religious strife. But the current obsession, at least among the educated elite, is over whether India will be able overtake China in economic growth.
{{infobox|Culture shock|Many visitors expecting maharajahs and fabulous palaces are shocked when their first impressions are dominated by poverty instead. Prepare for the following:* '''Attention'''. Some people will unabashedly stare at foreign tourists, who can also be magnets for persistent touts and beggars. Beggars, especially malnourished children and the badly deformed, can be particularly disturbing.* '''Filth'''. Garbage abounds in the cities. Roadsides can sometimes be urinals.* '''Noise'''. Drivers lean on horns, even temples, mosques and churches use loudspeakers to spread their message. But you will get the hang of it. Larger cities have lesser noise.* '''Pollution'''. All Indian cities suffer badly. Exhaust combined with dust can make the drier seasons a nightmare for asthma sufferers.* '''Crowds'''. Indian streets, markets, and bazaars are jam-packed with people, vehicles and at certain times, animals, and streets tend to be narrow.Most visitors get inured quite fast and start seeing the good sides too, but take it easy on your first few days and schedule some time to get away from it all. Along with that, the Prime Minister's 'Swachch Bharat' mission of cleaning India is being carried out quite efficiently and cities are being cleaned up. Major cities do not have too much garbage, but dumps are found here and there. The conditions worsen as you move towards the rural areas.}}
India's rich and multi-layered cultures are dominated by religious and spiritual themes. While it is a mistake to assume that there is a single unified Indian culture, there certainly are unifying themes that link the various cultures. India's cultural heritage is expressed through its myriad of languages in which much great literature and poetry has been written. It can be seen in its music - both in its classical (Carnatic and Hindustani) forms and in modern Bollywood music. India also has a vast tradition of classical and folk dances. Art and theatre flourish amongst the bustling cities of the country, against the backdrop of the ever expanding western influences.
| region6description=insular and relatively virgin, the country's tribal corner, with lush, beautiful landscapes, endemic flora and fauna of the Indo-Malayan group and famous for ''Tea Gardens''. Consists of seven tiny states (by Indian standards, some of them are larger than Switzerland or Austria) popularly nicknamed as the Seven Sisters.
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