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In 2017, the Indian economy was the world's sixth largest by nominal GDP and third largest by purchasing power parity.Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the fastest-growing major economies and is considered a newly industrialised country.
In the medieval era, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived, and Sikhism emerged, all adding to the region's diverse culture.
In the 18th century, the subcontinent came under the Maratha Empire and in the 19th under the British East India Company, later shifting to British crown rule.
A nationalist movement emerged in the late 19th century, which later, under Mahatma Gandhi, was noted for nonviolent resistance and led to India's independence in 1947.
Its meaning varied, referring to a region that encompassed northern India and Pakistan or India in its entirety.
Centred around cities such as Mohenjo-daro, Harappa, Dholavira, and Kalibangan, and relying on varied forms of subsistence, the civilisation engaged robustly in crafts production and wide-ranging trade.