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The People of India

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India is a fascinating country where people of many different communities and religions live together in harmony. The diversity of India makes it a mini-continent. There are many diverse ethnic groups among the people of India. The people of India range from the tall, fair and fine featured Kashmiris to the Dravidian people of the South. See the contrast between the burly Sikhs of the Punjab to the Mongoloid tribes of North East India. The people of India are an amazing mixture of races and cultures.

The inflows of invaders at different periods in Indian history and their assimilation into the local population, has led to the heterogeneous population of India. The Europoid Aryans, the dark skinned Dravidians, the Mongoloid communities of the North East and the Negrito tribes of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands make up the different ethnic communities and races of India.

The number of languages spoken by the people of India reflect this ethnic diversity. Languages that belong to the Indo-Aryan family of languages are spoken in Northern India. Hindi being the most prevalent. The Dravidian languages of South India, include Telegu, Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam.

Tribal groups such as the Santhals and the Munda and Oraon speak dialects of the Austro-Asiatic family, and the tribes of the North East such as the Naga, Mizo, Khasi and Lushai speak dialects closely related to the Tibeto-Burman family. This amazing mixture of races, languages and cultural traditions come together in a unified whole to form the united people of the fascinating country of India. Get to know more about India with India Profile.

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Amrita Shergill - Drawn from LifeThe Mother and the Tramp
Seven Loaves - Seven Asaf JahsBadal Sircar – Off Stage
Boatmen of BengalBihar Tribals - An Anthropologist’s Delight
Binni Maya - The Lady with the LampWith Compassion Towards Birds
The Jews of KolkataEmancipated Orthodoxy
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A Gandhian in Action - Life and Times of Deen Ddayal DashottarRomancing the Road
Dhirubhai Ambani - From Rags to RichesChennai - Living to Eat
Elizabeth Brunner – Gentle StrokesHours Before Freedom
Gandhi - The Eternal FlameGirija Devi – A Legend in her Lifetime
Early Encounters With the Portuguese - GoaUnflinching Faith in Tradition
Hari Prasad Chaurasia - The Reed and The RagaReaping Gold – Indian Farmer
Delhi - Instant PhotosJeerango - People from the Hills
Kabir Bedi – The Return of the NativeKamlabai Gokhale - First Lady of the Silver Screen
Sleeping with KangdiKapil Dev - The Haryana Hurricane
Cover Story - Then There was PeaceKarsanbhai Patel - A Clean Sweep
Katputli Colony - DelhiKochi Jews - Another age Another Time
Looking BeyondL.Subramaniam – A Versatile Violinist
Luminaries of MaharashtraDiverse Moors to a Common Tree
The World’s Oldest Democracy - MalanaMangeshkar Family – Striking the Right Note