How many states are there in India?


Quick Answer

As of April 2014, India has 28 states and seven union territories. The newest states, which were created in 2000, are Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. Telangana is due to be become a state in June 2014, making it the 29th state.

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When the country's states were reorganized in the 1950s, the borders were decided based mainly on linguistic regions. There are over 400 languages spoken across the country, and over 1,000 dialects. Each state has the right to recognize a different language as its official language, as there is no universal national language. The central government recognises Hindi and English as its official languages, as these are two of the most widely-spoken languages. The Republic of India is the second most highly-populated country in the world, with a population of 1.3 billion.

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