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Historical Highlights of India
The first organized state in India came into being around 3000 B.C. along the Indus River Valley in what is now Pakistan. Over the centuries, kingdoms rose, flourished, and fell, eventually leading to British colonization and subsequently independence in 1947. Indian history is marked by political fragmentation and regional fiefdoms that nourished wide linguistic, cultural, and religious differences. Learn more about the key political, social, and religious highlights throughout India's history—and the continuing impact on modern Indian mind-sets, culture, and society.