India – an influential nation in South Asia,also known as the Asian tiger is home to the world’s second largest population. It is a country of bulk variety, arguably the most sundry nation in the world, whether it concerns religious, cultural, or ethnic diversity. It operates the world’s most vigorous democratic republic, and has had a key voice in global affairs since its "creation" with the division of the Indian subcontinent shortly after the Second World War by the British Empire.

Its history is undeniably full of both grandeur and austerity. It has shown its considerable ability to endure trying consequential events through an intense, yet remarkably peaceful struggle for freedom from the noose of imperialism during the late nineteenth and early 20th century. With a strong and traditionally democratic culture that has maintained India’s relative nonconformity throughout the millennia, all signs point to a rapid increase in acceptance of India’s rising status in the international community.

India’s hard power is measured by its substantial military, which has sustained its autonomy and desire through many wearisome points in the nations history. The country deploys a large UN force, and has an immense strategic importance due, in part, to its rapidly developing nuclear sector.

The notable aspects of India’s soft power cover as many different spheres as imaginably possible, from simple agriculture, to ritual religious practice, to quality technological services. With a rapidly growing consumer base, and a swiftly rising overall economic output fueled by its young and increasingly educated population, India has begin its trip on the path to becoming a dominant world power within the next century as opposed to the dormant role it has played so far.

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