India: A Quick Overview

India is home to the world’s largest population of Hindus. With more people than Europe or Africa and more than twice as many people as the Americas, it is almost an oversimplification to consider India a single country. With more than 800 languages and dialects, half-a-dozen major religions, and climate zones ranging from tropical to temperate to Arctic, it is one of the most diverse nations in the world. It is also the second most populous.

India hosts many religions. Hinduism accounts for the majority of people, but there is also Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and Zoroastrianism, to name a few. India also has many tribal people who are animists, as well as many of the world’s unreached populations.

Christians comprise approximately 2.3 percent of India’s population. Although that doesn’t sound like much, it is still roughly 28 million people. Having gained its independence from Britain in 1947, India has been moving in a progressive direction. The nation is a federal parliamentary democratic republic in which the president is the head of state and the prime minister is the head of government. It is also the world’s largest democracy. The current ruling political party is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which translates as the “Indian People’s Party”. It is nationalistic and pro-Hindu, excluding other religions. The party enjoys broad support among members of the higher castes and in northern India. India has also developed an indigenous industrial base.

She has her own space industry and boasts the world’s largest movie industry. With over 300 million people having access to the internet, India is now the second most-connected nation in the world (after China). The country’s smartphone users spent an average of 169 minutes per day on their devices in 2015. The influx of low-cost smartphones and laptops, coupled with relatively low-cost mobile plans, have empowered people across the country to connect, especially in rural India.

WAYS TO PRAY:

  • Pray for the political leaders to govern with wisdom and fairness in such a diverse setting.
  • Pray for the business leaders to help the less advantaged during this age of tremendous growth.
  • Pray for those in the influential movie industry to bring truth to people’s lives.

From The Hindu World Prayer Guide

 

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