states, as well in addition to the union territories of Puducherry and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, have elected legislatures and governments following on the Westminster system of governance. By this time, with its economic power severely curtailed by the British parliament and effectively having been made an arm of British administration, the company began to more consciously enter non-economic arenas such as education, social reform, and culture. India is the world's most populous democracy. Cambridge University Press, isbn Peers,. (5 September 2006 The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture, and Identity (1st. (22 November 2003 Intimate Exclusion: Race and Caste Turned Inside Out, University Press of America, isbn Schwartzberg,. South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal. Performing arts Muria tribal dancers in Bastar, Chhattisgarh Main articles: Music of India and Dance in India Indian music ranges over various traditions and regional styles. "Measuring the cost of living worldwide". R.; Schwartzberg, Joseph., "India: Land", Encyclopædia Britannica,. .
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Yet, India is also shaped by seemingly unyielding poverty, both rural and urban; by religious and caste-related violence ; by Maoist-inspired Naxalite insurgencies ; and by separatism in Jammu and Kashmir and in Northeast India. (July 2010 Culture of India, Rosen Publishing Group, isbn Constitution of India (PDF Ministry of Law and Justice, archived from the original (PDF) on 9 September 2014, retrieved, Article 1(1 "India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States." "India", Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford. (7 November 2011 "Indian Grand Prix. Classical music encompasses two genres and their various folk offshoots: the northern Hindustani and southern Carnatic schools. The geographical term Bharat ( Bhrat ; pronounced bat ( listen which is recognised by the Constitution of India as an official name for the country, 18 is used by many Indian languages in its variations. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
During the period 2000500 BCE, in terms of culture, many regions of the subcontinent transitioned from the Chalcolithic to the Iron Age. According to the Indian naval hydrographic charts, the mainland coastline consists of the following: 43 sandy beaches; 11 rocky shores, including cliffs; and 46 mudflats or marshy shores. Until 1991, all Indian governments followed protectionist policies that were influenced by socialist economics. Today, television is the most penetrative media in India; industry estimates indicate that as of 2012 there are over 554 million TV consumers, 462 million with satellite and/or cable connections, compared to other forms of mass media such as press (350 million radio (156 million). Retrieved Kenny, Charles; Sandefur, Justin. 282 283 Culture Main article: Culture of India A Chola bronze depicting Nataraja, who is seen as a cosmic "Lord of the Dance" and representative of Shiva Indian cultural history spans more than 4,500 years. Cut off from the plain by the ancient Aravalli Range lies the Thar Desert. Television broadcasting began in India in 1959 as a state-run medium of communication and had slow expansion for more than two decades.