Indian subcontinent

Physiographical region in South Asia This article is about the geographical location. For the geopolitical entity, see South Asia.

The Indian subcontinent, or simply the subcontinent, is a physiographical region in South Asia. It is situated on the Indian Plate and projecting southwards into the Indian Ocean from the Himalayas. Geopolitically, the Indian subcontinent generally includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as Maldives. Geologically, the Indian subcontinent is related to the landmass that rifted from the supercontinent Gondwana during the Cretaceous and merged with the Eurasian landmass nearly 55 million years ago. Geographically, it is the peninsular region in South-Central Asia, delineated by the Himalayas in the north, the Hindu Kush in the west, and the Arakanese in the east. The terms Indian subcontinent and South Asia are sometimes used interchangeably to denote the region, although the term South Asia usually also includes Afghanistan.

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term subcontinent signifies a "subdivision of a continent which has a distinct geographical, political, or cultural identity" and also a "large land mass somewhat smaller than a continent". Its use to signify the Indian subcontinent is evidenced from the early twentieth century when most of the territory was part of British India, as it was a convenient term to refer to the region comprising both British India and the princely states under British Paramountcy.

Indian subcontinent as a term has been particularly common in the British Empire and its successors, while the term South Asia is the more common usage in... ...read more

History of India
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History of India ... modern genetics anatomically modern humans first arrived on the Indian subcontinent from Africa between 73,000 and 55,000 years ago. However, the earliest...

History of clothing in the Indian subcontinent
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History of clothing in the Indian subcontinent ... History of clothing in the Indian subcontinent can be traced to the Indus Valley Civilization or earlier. Indians have mainly worn clothing made up of...

Cuisine of the Indian subcontinent
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Cuisine of the Indian subcontinent ... Cuisine of the Indian subcontinent includes the cuisines from the Indian subcontinent comprising the traditional cuisines from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India...

Muslim conquests in the Indian subcontinent
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Muslim conquests in the Indian subcontinent ... Muslim conquests in the Indian subcontinent mainly took place from the 12th to the 16th centuries, though earlier Muslim conquests include the invasions...

History of agriculture in the Indian subcontinent
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History of agriculture in the Indian subcontinent ... tropical fruit such as mango and muskmelon are native to the Indian subcontinent. The Indians also domesticated hemp, which they used for a number of applications...

Islamic rulers in the Indian subcontinent
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Islamic rulers in the Indian subcontinent ... Muslim rule in the Indian subcontinent began in the course of a gradual Muslim conquest in the Indian subcontinent, beginning mainly after the conquest...

History of education in the Indian subcontinent
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History of education in the Indian subcontinent ... became ingrained with the establishment of Islamic empires in the Indian subcontinent in the Middle Ages while the coming of the Europeans later brought...

Arranged marriage in the Indian subcontinent
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Arranged marriage in the Indian subcontinent ... societies of the Indian subcontinent, and continue to account for an overwhelming majority of marriages in the Indian subcontinent. Despite the fact...

Silk in the Indian subcontinent
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Silk in the Indian subcontinent ... Silk in the Indian subcontinent is a luxury good. In India, about 97% of the raw mulberry silk is produced in the Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh...

Pottery in the Indian subcontinent
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Pottery in the Indian subcontinent ... Pottery in the Indian subcontinent has an ancient history and is one of the most tangible and iconic elements of Indian art. Evidence of pottery has been...

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent
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Sweets from the Indian subcontinent
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List of Indian inventions and discoveries
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Decline of Buddhism in the Indian subcontinent
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Persian language in the Indian subcontinent
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Timeline of the economy of the Indian subcontinent
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