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  India - A Fact File
The origin of the land of infinite fascinations can be traced back to 2500 B.C. The first known civilization settled along the Indus river in what is now known as Pakistan. This however collapsed around 1500 B.C. Between 521 and 486 B.C., under Darius, the area became a part of Persian Empire. Alexander the Great arrived in India in 326 B.C., but did not venture beyond the boundaries of the two great religions, Hinduism and Buddhism which had already developed. Various dynasties followed, the last which was the Gupta Empire(A.D. 319-360).

The invasion of the White Huns brought all this to an end and northern India became fragmented, and was only reunified with the arrival of the Muslims from the west. During this time, the south had been trading by sea with Romans and Egyptians. It took some time for Muslim forces to forge a permanent presence in northern India.

The British ruled India for nearly 300 years and added a new dimension to it. The most outstanding fact about Indian culture is that it imbibes every thing new yet does not loose its historic charisma. Above all, it welcomes every new positive change as a gesture to grow and become even more vast. So came the British and caused a great deal of harm than benefit , yet were culturally admitted but politically overthrown. The British rule was hence, a phase of constant efflux of national wealth. But the Indian Struggle for Independence synchronized the the Indian race in to a non- violent wave that swept the British away. Visionaries like Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Jawaharlal Nehru, Raja Ram Mohan Roy played a pivotal role in discovering India as a horizon of diverse unity.

Today we see India as a bright shining star in the sky but soon we shall see her as the brightest star in the sky.