Located in South Asia, India is the seventh largest in terms of Geographical area and has the second largest population in the world more than a sixth of the world population. Already containing nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, India is projected to be the world’s most populous country by 2025 surpassing China and its population will exceed 1.6 billion people by 2050. The land covers an area of 3.29 million square km and the population stands at around 1.30 billion people.
India is a counted among the young nations as more than 50% of the population is below the age of 25 and more than 65% is below the age of 35. Whereas countries like US, Europe, Japan and China have a more aged population. It is expected that by 2020 the average age of Indian will be 29 years compared to 37 for China and 48 for Japan. It is also expected that by 2030 the dependency ratio should be around 0.4.
The Republic of India is a federal union of states divided into twenty-nine states and seven union territories. India is a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic country. India has a federal form of government with certain unitary features which is based on British parliamentary system. The constitution head of Executive of the Union is the President and Parliament of Union consist of the President and two Houses known as Council of States (Rajya Sabha) and the House of People (Lok Sabha). The Constitution of India provides that there shall be a Council of Ministers with Prime Minister as its head to aid & advice the President. But the real executive power is thus vested in the Council of Ministers with Prime Minister as its head. Government at the state level has the same structure as that of centre. India judiciary is independent of the Parliament. It has the Supreme Court as the highest court, followed by a High Court for each state and hierarchy of lower courts.
GEOGRAPHY & NATURAL RESOURCES
India has abundant resources and shares its borders with China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. North is surrounded by towering Himalayas, which slope out into the great Indo-Gangetic plains. In Central India, the Vindhya ranges separate the Deccan peninsula from the northern plains. The southern region of India is surrounded by three bodies of water. They are the Arabian Sea to the south-west, the Indian Ocean on the southern side and to the southeast lay the Bay of Bengal.
In terms of GDP, the Indian economy is one of the fastest growing economies. The growth rate has averaged around 6% to 7% and even during recessionary phase of 2007-09, Indian economy grew at a healthy rate. Outsourcing is the main booster for the Indian economy and brought in the biggest boon to the economy. Due to its English speaking population, India is the preferred destination for outsourcing of IT products as well as business/knowledge process outsourcing. The Indian economy is diverse in nature. Among its various sectors, the major sectors include manufacturing industries, agriculture, textiles and handicrafts, and services.
Whereas the Agriculture is a major component of the Indian economy and over 66% of the Indian population earns its livelihood from this area. But in the recent past, the service sector has started to play a major role and is expanding at a faster pace. India is considered to be a hub of outsourcing activities primarily in the areas of technical support and customer services.
The services sector remained the biggest contributor with a contribution of 57.9% to the GDP. The industry sector contributed 24.2% and the agriculture sector contributed 17.9% to the GDP.The important factor to note is that the India economy is driven primarily by domestic consumption instead of exports due to the growth of the Indian middle class.
The employment scenario is also dominated by the services sector, creating almost 62% of the jobs whereas the industry sector employed 20% of the workforce and the agriculture sector created 18% jobs. The unemployment rate is around 10%.
The per capita income of India is 4,542 US Dollars in the context of Purchasing Power Parity. This is primarily due to the 1.30 billion population of India, the second largest in the world after China. In nominal terms, the figure comes down to 1,089 US Dollars, based on 2007 figures. According to the World Bank, India is classed as a low-income economy.