About the book
The present book, Concise Encyclopaedia of India, is a compendium of diverse aspects of India which is one of the oldest civilisations with a kaleidoscopic variety, rich cultural heritage and multifaceted socio-economic progress. The idea behind bringing out this book is to help one and all in understanding the country and its unity in diversity. In its five volumes, the Encyclopaedia encompasses a remarkably wide range of topics related to India—its history, physiography, people, population, religions, national symbols, national leaders, languages and literatures, art, culture, defence, education, economy, polity, foreign policy and relations, scientific and technological developments, law and justice, sports, festivals, monuments transport, communication and related activities. In addition, a profile of all its 28 states and 7 union territories has also been provided. Furthermore, it provides an accessible, authoritative account of the latest developments made in varied fields, alongwith the data from the Central and State Governments, their establishments, constitutional bodies, autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies and the like. The Volume on Places of Historical and Tourist Interest describes various religious, historical, sight-seeing and other important places across the country. Suitable photographs have been inserted to make the book more interesting. The book is comprehensive, self-contained and user-friendly, as the emphasis throughout is on ensuring that readers, particularly students, receive worthwhile, authentic information instead of irrelevant and outdated details. It will definitely prove an invaluable reference book to students of different educational levels and candidates preparing for Civil Services Examinations or other competitive exams and interviews for various jobs. Besides students, the researchers, executives in government and private sector and also the common man will find it highly informative.