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Location: Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Bangladesh and Pakistan
Population: 936.6 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: New Delhi
Comparative area: Slightly more than one-third the size of the United States.
Religions: Hindu 80 percent, Muslim 14 percent, Christian 2.4 percent, Sikh 2 percent, Buddhist 0.7 percent, Jains 0.5 percent, other 0.4 percent
Landscape: The Himalaya, the highest mountain system in the world, rises partly in India, separating most of northern India from the rest of Asia; southern half is a triangular peninsula that extends into the Indian Ocean; upland plain in south, flat to rolling plain along the Ganges, deserts in west
Recognized by International Olympic Committee: 1927

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