The recent elections in India brought a big surprise, as the Congress Party -- the party of legendary leaders Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi -- lost its commanding position in parliament for the first time since independence. The vote serves as a reminder that India is not only a large and densely populated country -- it is also a country of great color and diversity.
With a population of more than 900 million people, India is home to several major religions. The majority of India's citizens are Hindus, but there are large Muslim and Sikh communities concentrated in several regions, and there has been a great deal of conflict among believers of these three religions over the years. Other religions claiming substantial memberships are Buddhism, Jainism, and Christianity.
If you want to try your hand at Indian cooking, you can download a collection of recipes from a FTP site. There's a link to this site and to other great recipe files at a New Zealand recipe archive site rated highly by McKinley Internet Yellow Pages.
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