India is the seventh-largest country and the second-most populous in the world. Following market-based reforms it has become a "newly industrialised country."
The newly formed Republic of India was one of first nations to end the State of War with Germany after World War II and did not claim war reparations from Germany although 24,000 soldiers serving in the British Indian Army died in the campaign to fight Nazi Germany. India maintained diplomatic relations with both West Germany and East Germany and supported their reunification in 1990.
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A lockdown in the Muslim-majority state of Kashmir in India has left many Kashmiris in New Delhi worried about their friends and family back home. This month, the Indian government said it would revoke Kashmir’s autonomous status, prompting a military presence and a communication blackout. Murali Krishnan has this report from New Delhi, where Kashmiris and their supporters have been protesting.
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India's government has abolished Kashmir's special autonomous status, prompting a furious response from the region's Muslim majority. Tensions are running high and there has been talk of war. Guests: Isha Bathia (DW), Christian Wagner (German Institute for International and Security Affairs), Shahzeb Jillani (DW)