New Delhi is the national capital of India. It is the seat of power of the Government of India and as such, the political epicentre of the world’s largest democracy. It is from here that policy affecting one of the world’s fastest growing economies is formulated and decisions that impact the lives of 1.2 billion individuals are made.
The city also serves as the centre of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and is one of the nine districts of Delhi Union Territory. It is situated within the metropolis of Delhi with a total population nearing 17 million residents.
Stately, historic and modern all at once, New Delhi is one of the undisputed highlights of the country. The city is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and is home to numerous national institutions, museums and landmarks. An array of historical monuments including the World Heritage Sites of the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar are among its several treasures. It is a multicultural city that has absorbed the diversity of all who have made it their home over the centuries.
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India, officially the Republic of India, is the world’s largest democracy with over 1.2 billion people and among its fastest growing economies.
Home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent has been associated with commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism - originated here, whereas Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also helped shape the region's diverse culture. Gradually brought under the direct administration the United Kingdom from the mid-19th century, India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was marked by non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi.
Since independence, India has steadily emerged as a significant voice in the international arena. Its economic achievements, particularly over the past two decades, have been well documented and its democratic values have helped bind the nation's pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society. At the same time, the country is faced with myriad complexities as it deals with socio-economic issues that need to be viewed from multiple perspectives.
As a developing nation, India has come a long way yet is poised to go much further. Be a part of its journey with the ISS and experience its culture, its people and all else that makes !ndia Incredible.