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India : Basic information

Current Time in New Delhi

Country name
conventional long form : Republic of India
conventional short form : India
local long form : Republic of India / Bharatiya Ganarajya
local short form : India/Bharat

Government type :
federal republic

Independence : 15 August 1947 (from the UK)

National holiday
:
Republic Day, 26 January (1950)

National Flag
three equal horizontal bands of saffron (subdued orange) (top), white, and green, with a blue chakra (24-spoked wheel) centered in the white band; saffron represents courage, sacrifice, and the spirit of renunciation; white signifies purity and truth; green stands for faith and fertility; the blue chakra symbolizes the wheel of life in movement and death in stagnation

note: similar to the flag of Niger, which has a small orange disk centered in the white band

National Anthem
Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka jaya he
Bharata-bhagya-vidhata
Punjaba-Sindhu-Gujarata-Maratha
Dravida-Utkala-Banga
Vindhya-Himachala-Yamuna-Ganga
uchchala-jaladhi-taranga
Tava shubha name jage, tava shubha asisa mage,
gahe tava jaya-gatha.
Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he
Bharata-bhagya-vidhata.
Jaya he, Jaya he, Jaya he,
jaya jaya jaya, jaya he.

The playing time of the full version of the national anthem is approximately 52 seconds. A short version consisting of first and last lines of the stanza (playing time approximately 20 seconds) is also played on certain occasions.

The following is Tagore's English rendering of the anthem: Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, dispenser of India's destiny. Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind, Gujarat and Maratha, of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal; It echoes in the hills of the Vindyas and Himalayas, mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges and is chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea. They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise. The saving of all people waits in thy hand, thou dispenser of India's destiny. Victory, victory, victory to thee.

National anthem
name: "Jana-Gana-Mana" (Thou Art the Ruler of the Minds of All People)

National Anthem lyrics/music: Rabindranath TAGORE
note: adopted 1950; Rabindranath TAGORE, a Nobel laureate, also wrote Bangladesh's national anthem

Capital : name: New Delhi ; geographic coordinates: 28 36 N, 77 12 E
time difference: UTC+5.5

Administrative divisions
28 States
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chhattisgarh
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Telangana
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal

9 union territories*
Andaman and Nicobar Islands*
Chandigarh*
Dadra and Nagar Haveli*
Daman and Diu*
Delhi*
Jammu and Kashmir*
Ladakh*
Lakshadweep*
Puducherry*


note:
Delhi : Although its status is that of a union territory, the official name of Delhi is National Capital Territory of Delhi
Jammu & Kashmir was a state in India but the Indian government decided that it will be UT as of now.
Ladakh is a new UT

Constitution : previous 1935 (preindependence);
latest draft completed 4 November 1949,
adopted 26 November 1949, effective 26 January 1950; amended many times, last in 2013

Suffrage :
18 years of age

Executive branch
Chief of state :
President : Shri Ram Nath Kovind
Vice President : Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu

Head of government :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Cabinet: Union Council of Ministers appointed by the president on the recommendation of the prime minister


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Population : 1,339,180,127 Source ; See latest population