About India - Brief Description
Quotations for consideration:
- “Ancient civilizations of Greece, Egypt and Rome have all disappeared from this world, but the elements of our civilization still continue. Although world events have been inimical to us for centuries, there is something in our civilization which has withstood these onslaughts” - Allama Iqbal . Indian poet and philosopher
- “India is not an under developed country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay” - Shashi Tharoor .
India is a vast peninsular projection of the continent of Asia, south of the magnificent mountain ranges that stretch across the southern border of Tibet & Nepal, which together with Pakistan on the West and Bangladesh within its North East, forms the large Indian subcontinent. On its South and West and East is the Great Ocean.
The Himalayan range stretches all along its north, also including its less elevated offshoots - the Patkai, Lushai and Chittagong Hills in the east, and the Sulaiman and Kirthar ranges the west. These go down to the Sea and separate India from the wooded valley of the Irrawady, on the North East, and the hilly tableland of Iran, beyond the plains of Pakistan, on the North West.
Land and Location
The Vindhya Mountains cut almost across the country, from West to East, and form the historic boundary between North and South India. The Western Ghats form a ridge from North to South along the West Coast, while the Eastern Ghats form a lower and discontinuous chain along the East Coast.
India is favored with myriad rivers, some that originate from the melting snows & glaciers of the Himalayas and many others from the springs in the Vindhya and Aravali Mountains in middle India and from the Western Ghats in Peninsular India. All are refreshed by the Monsoon rains and over the millennia have made their valleys into fertile lands. Stretching as it does from near the equator to the cold regions of the Himalayas (Kanya Kumari to Kashmir and from Saurashtra on the Arabian Sea coast in the West, across the desert sands of Rajasthan, to Mizoram in the East). India has a wide range of climate variation within it and hence allows the growing of a great variety of fruits, vegetables and cereals etc.
India also has extensive forests of varied nature and is hence home to a vast variety of flora and fauna. The central hilly region and the Ghats are rich in mineral resources. Till 1860’s India was the only source of Diamonds to the world.
Indian philosophy and culture has, since very ancient times, contributed a lot to the philosophy and cultures of the rest of the world, even as it has adsorbed that of many invaders into its own. Even today India continues to offer different perspectives and insights to the world.
India is indeed a “Blessed Land” and it is now time for it to find appropriate solutions to its present problems, in a non