India is the 7th largest country by geographical area, 2nd most populous country with over 1.1 billion people, and the largest democracy in the world. Home to the ancient Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four of the world's major religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism—originated here. According to the IMF, the Indian economy is worth US$1.842 trillion, it is the world's 7th largest economy by market exchange rates, and is, at US$4.06 trillion, the third-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). With its average annual GDP growth rate of 8% over the past two decades, and reaching 10.4% during 2010,India is one of the world's fastest-growing economy
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