General Information, Facts and Statistics

General Information

The concise BBC Country Profilesinclude links to relevant BBC coverage, newspapers, radio stations, TV channels and an online country timeline.

The US Department of State offers a detailed country profile on India. This site focuses on implications for US/US policy.

Das Auswärtige Amt bietet Länderinformationen über Indien, gibt Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise sowie informiert über die Wirtschaftslage und Wirtschaftsstruktur des Landes.

Portals to the World is a service by the Library of Congress (LOC). The site provides collections of annotated website links for every nation as selected by LOC experts. Links are to both government sites as well as outside servers.


Government Websites

Directory of official websitesof Government of India

The Ministry of External Affairs India.

Embassy of India, Berlin.


Facts and Statistics

Documents (National and Regional Budget Plans and Surveys) provided by the Indian Government

Census of India

Historical Data collected by the Digital South Asia Library

The Country Indicator for Foreign Policy (CIFP)project represents an on-going effort to identify and assemble statistical information conveying the key features of the political, economic, social and cultural environments of countries around the world. Maintained by Carleton University (Canada).

The International Data Base (IDB) contains statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world. Output is displayed in charts and graphs, but can also be modified individually for use in spreadsheets etc. Maintained by the US Census Bureau.

Geography and Maps


The Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection offers a comprehensive collection of maps in various formats (political, thematic, relief, etc.). Maintained by the University of Texas (Austin).

Embassy World provides a collection of maps of various countries including India.

The Maps of World site provides both maps of India and basic information on the country.

Historical Maps and Atlases collected in the Digital South Asia Library


Geography, Climate, Geology

Wikipedia has an extensive article on the Climate and Geography of India.

James Heitzman and Robert L. Worden, editors. India: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1995. Includes information on India's GeographyCoasts and BordersRiversClimate and Earthquakes.

News and Media


Deccan Herald - Bangalore-based daily

The Hindustan Times - New Delhi-based daily

The Pioneer - New Delhi-based daily

The Indian Express - New Delhi-based daily

The Statesman - Calcutta-based daily

The Times of India - Mumbai-based daily

The Asian Age - New Delhi-based daily

India Today - New Delhi-based news magazine

Outlook - New Delhi-based news magazine

The Paperboy India - Portal to more than a hundred Indian newspapers with an online edition


News Agency

Press Trust of India - non-profit, owned by newspaper titles



All India Radio - public, operates domestic and external networks

Radio Mirchi - commercial network, stations in Mumbai, Delhi and other cities, mainly music, operated by The Times Group

Radio City - commercial, FM stations in Delhi, Mumbai and other cities, owned by News Corporation

Red FM - commercial, operated by India Today Group



Doordarshan Television - public TV; operates national, regional, local and satellite services

Zee TV - satellite, cable TV services operated by Zee Group

STAR TV - operates satellite, cable TV services including STAR News, owned by News Corporation

Sony Entertainment TV - commercial channel

Aaj Tak - 24-hour news in Hindi

New Delhi TV (NDTV) - operates NDTV-India and NDTV 24x7 news channels

Sun Network - commercial multi-channel broadcaster


General Media Information/ Web Portals

The World Wide Media Directory provides access to Indian newspapers, TV channels and radio stations.

Khoj.comIndian Local Search Engine

Yahoo! India Yahoo-type all-purpose, well-linked site by one of India's leading IT-providers. "connecting Indians worldwide,"with a range of local editionsin- and outside of India

Hindulinks Hindu nationalist link site with focus on Hindu religion and culture. 

List of Internet Portals collected by the World Wide Web Virtual LIbrary

Politics, Society and Culture

Political and Legal Situation

The Guide to Law Online by the U.S. Law Library of Congress is an annotated compendium of online sources for legal information including selected links to primary documents, legal commentary, and general government information about specific jurisdictions and topics. offers an index of political sites available on the Internet, sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media. Attention: Some links are defunct.

Wikipedia has an extensive list of political parties in India (national and state level).

Directory of official websitesof Government of India


Non Government Organizations

NGOs Indiais a online web directory and resource centre of Indian NGOs. The portal is containing information about grassroot level Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Non Profit Organizations (NPOs), POs, GOs in India, success stories of individuals as well as organizations, and other relevant links.


Articles on Indian Politics, Economy and Society

The Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung has an online dossier on India which gives a detailed introduction into Indian politicseconomy, societyhistory, religion, and education and culture. Each section consits of a number of articles (2-3 pages) by Indian and German experts. 


Conflict in Kashmir

A collection of links (NGOs, activist groups, essays, articles) pertaining to the conflict in Kashmir, part of the Kashmir Virtual Library. Distinguishes between the pro-Pakistan perspective and the pro-Indian perspectiveand un-biased sources,such as UN-reports.

The library of the University of Californiahas also collected the sources on the conflict in Kashmir.



Cultural Organizations and Institutions (Museums, Archives, Galleries etc)

Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft e.V.



The Library of Congress (LOC) provides a pathfinder which includes information about education in India

Religions, Languages and Art


The British Library presents a 17th century illustrated manuscript of the Ramayana. With audio guide.