2nd - 8th October 2019

Sarvodaya

the world we wish to see

Round Square International Conference

About India

 

India is the world's largest democracy and according to UN estimates, its population is expected to overtake China's in 2028 to become the world's most populous nation. Home to some of the world' s most ancient surviving civilizations, the Indian subcontinent is both vast and diverse in terms of its people, language and cultural traditions.

Capital: New Delhi

Population: 1.3 billion

Area: 3.1 million sq km (1.2 million sq miles)

Major languages: Hindi, English and more than 20 other official languages

Major religions: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism

Currency: Rupee

Etiquette:

Dress: dress modestly covering shoulders and legs.

Shoes: It's polite to remove shoes before entering homes and places of worship.

Photos: Always ask before taking photos of people, sacred sites or ceremonies.

Hello: Saying 'namaste' with hands together in a prayer gesture is a respectful Hindu greeting; for muslims say 'salaam alaikum' ('peace be with you'; response: 'alaikum salaam').

Hands and feet: The right hand is for eating and shaking hands, the left is the 'toilet' hand. Avoid pointing soles of feet towards people or deities, or touching anyone with your feet.

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