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India is a democratic country as of 2015. The preamble of its constitution declares that the country is a democracy, and the electoral process follows democratic lines.


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.


As of 2011, there are a total of 497 cities in India. Of these, Mumbai has the largest population, with a total of 12,478,447 residents living there. Delhi and Bangalore follow, with populations of 11,007,835 and 8,425,970, respectively.


The country of India is located in southeast Asia. It is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the southwest and the Bay of Bengal to the southeast. The southern tip of India is bordered by the Indian Ocean.


As of 2015, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Limited owns The Times of India. BC&C has owned The Times of India since 1892, says Bloomberg. In turn, the Sahu Jain family owns Bennett Coleman & Co ltd.


India affected other countries through Asia with the spread of Hinduism, the influential religion practiced in India. The earliest signs of the Hindu religion in Southeast Asia are seen in Borneo.


India is bordered by the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. India is bordered by the countries of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan. India has over 1.2 million square miles of area, making it the seventh-largest country in the world.


India is known for street vendors, train travel, Bollywood celebrities, jewelry, food and festivals. As of 2014, at least 7 million tourists a year travel to India each year. India is also famous as a place of spiritual enlightenment.


According to the Central Intelligence Agency, the population of India as of July 2014 was 1,236, 344,631. It ranks second, behind China, in terms of the most populated countries in the world.


As of November 2014, the president of India is Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He assumed the presidency on July 25, 2012, when he became India's 13th president.