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|Republic of India|
With more than a billion citizens, India is the
second most populous nation in the world. It is a plural society but deep
cultural continuities bind its people. Hindi and English are the two principal
languages used countrywide, with 18 other scheduled languages and other
non-scheduled languages and dialects in use regionally and locally. Hinduism
is the dominant faith, serving about 80 per cent of the population. Eleven
per cent follow Islam, and five per cent are Christians and Sikhs. The
rest are Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Bahais or profess indigenous faiths.
Though poverty has declined, about 26 % of the population still lives below the poverty line.
Foreign Tourist Arrivals -- 2354127*
* Source: http://www.fhrai.com/Mag-News/newsletTouArrivals.asp#2002
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