India is vast in every sense of the word. From its population of more than one billion, to its expansive cities, to its wide-open, seemingly-endless countryside, India certainly earns its subcontinent status. India is home to dozens of communities, languages and several religions. It is also home to some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, like the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple. India became independent from the UK in 1948, due to the strength of the movement started by Mahatma Gandhi. Today, India is a major power in Asia and is on its way to becoming a world power, like China or Germany. Politically, India is a bridge between east and west, as it maintains warm relations with Russia, China and the US alike.