By Stuart Reid

Opposite to well known trust, the catch of India used to be now not finished by way of the British military, yet through the non-public armies of the East India corporation, whose basic aim used to be the security in their buying and selling empire. less than the management of the mythical Robert Clive (founder of the East India corporation) and Stringer Lawrence, this small strength of mercenaries and adventurers grew in measurement and energy to ultimately turn into a military higher than that of any ecu sovereign country. hugely disciplined undefined, it fought nearly always for a century until eventually the nice Mutiny of 1857 ended in its disbandment and its troops handed into Crown provider. one of many many British military officials who fought with this strength used to be Arthur Wellesley, the long run Duke of Wellington. this is often the attention-grabbing heritage of the East India corporation military, reading the numerous conflicts during which they fought, and their apparatus and coaching, with its regiments of horse, foot and weapons, which rivalled these of so much ecu powers. The unique uniforms combining conventional Indian and British gown are illustrated intimately and make for a superbly colourful account of a personal band of adventurers that effectively captured the jewel of the British Empire.

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4% of the population, with the majority of Jains living in Gujarat and Mumbai. Parsis, adherents of Zoroastrianism, number between roughly 75,000 and 80,000 – a mere drop in the ocean of India’s billion-plus population. Historically, Parsis settled in Gujarat and became farmers, however, during British rule they moved into commerce, forming a prosperous community in Mumbai – see the boxed text, p781. There are believed to be fewer than 8000 Jews left in India, most living in Mumbai and parts of South India.

22 million, with Delhi and Chennai (Madras) third and fourth respectively. Despite India’s many urban centres, the nation is still overwhelmingly rural, with an estimated 75% of the population living in the countryside. India has one of the world’s largest diasporas – more than 25 million people in 130 countries – who pumped US$23 billion into India’s economy in 2005 alone. com A SOFTWARE SUPERPOWER India’s burgeoning information technology (IT) industry, born in the boom years of the 1990s and founded on India’s highly skilled middle class and abundance of relatively inexpensive labour, has made India a major player in the world of technology.

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