India: History

  1. 1858

    India comes under direct British rule after an unsuccessful rebellion in north India.

  2. 1947

    British rule concludes and the sub-continent is divided into two states: a Hindu-majority India and a Muslim-majority Pakistan.

  3. 1991

    An economic reform program begins in order to open the Indian economy to global trade and investment.

  4. 1998

    The United States imposes economic sanctions on India after India conducts underground nuclear tests.

  5. 2006

    India launches its largest-ever rural job scheme, which aims to lift around 60 million families out of poverty.

  6. 2007

    India and Pakistan sign an agreement to reduce the risk of nuclear war.

  7. 2009

    India signs a $700 million deal with Russia, in which Russia will supply uranium to India.

  8. 2011

    India displaces China as the world's largest importer of arms.


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