Some are asking where I am in India. India is a large country. It has 1.2 billion people. I am located in the state of Andra Pradesh along with a population ofMap India 80 million. Here is a map showing approximately where I am in Nalgonda, Andra Pradesh, India.

  • The largest democracy in the world, the land also known as Bharat or Hindustan is unique with its  incredible diversity, both culturally and physically.
  • The second largest populous country,  India is home to around 16 per cent of world’s population. The country, however, accounts for 2.42 per cent of the total world area. India’s land mass is one-third the size of the U.S., but is large enough and isolated enough to be considered a “sub-continent.”
  • India has two National languages (Central administrative). They are English (but many can’t speak it – the schools teach reading and writing but are weak on speaking) and Hindi (in the Devanagiri script). The Indian Constitution also officially recognizes 22 regional languages – They speak Telegu where I am.
  • Religions are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism – Hindu 81.8%, Muslim 12.1%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, Other groups including Buddhist, Jain, Parsi1.9% (2001)
  • Urban population is 28%, which means that 72% of the people live in the villages scattered all over India, communities with 50 – 100 families.
  • 88% of the people of India have access to an improved water source. We have seen women carrying water from unimproved water sources like streams and ponds. It seems the men rarely carry water here unless it’s by motorcycle or bicycle. The women walk. However, in the cities we see improved conditions for women, women riding cycles also, woman professionals, etc. India is progressive in many ways in the urban areas, not so much in the villages.
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