sovereign republic and Union of States comprising 25 states and
7 Union Territories India occupies a very strategic position in
Asia. This second most populous country in the world (after China)
and seventh largest in area is among the first 10 most industrially
developed countries of the world.
This land mass is diverse, ranging from the snow clad regions
of the Himalayas to the arid desert of Rajasthan, from the grasslands
of Gujarat to the sal forests of central India, from the tropical
forests of Kerala, eastward to the mangrove swamps of the Sunderbans
and the evergreen forests of Assam.
With this amazing diversity in habitat there is a corresponding
variety and richness in the flora and founa. And, most important
of all, in a country of over 800 million people, these natural
forests and wilderness areas continue to survive.