India, officially the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country in South Asia. It has a population of over 1.2 billion, making it the second most populous country in the world. It has 23 official languages, including Hindi and English, which are used by the government for official purposes, wherein Hindi has a de jure priority. India also has the largest number of English speakers in the world. Its capital is New Delhi and its largest city is Mumbai.
India was home to the ancient Indus Valley civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, which helped to shape its cultural diversity. Four world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism - originated in the country. India was gradually annexed by and brought under the administration of the British in the 18th century and was part of the British Empire until it gained independence in 1947.
The Indian economy is one of the fastest growing, and the tenth largest in the world. India is also armed with nuclear weapons and has the third largest standing armed forces in the world. It is governed by a democratic republic, with the President as the head of state and the Prime Minister as the head of government.
 Corporal punishment in India
 Spanking in India
Spanking and other methods of corporal punishment of children are common in India. Spankings are often refered to as "beatings" in Indian English, but this word does not generally carry the negative connotations that the term "beating" does in other countries.
In Indian schools, corporal punishment is usually given with a cane. There is no national prohibition in law of corporal punishment in schools, but certain states have passed laws banning school corporal punishment: Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh (2002), Tamil Nadu (2003), West Bengal (2004, in state schools), Chandigarh (in the 1990s), Delhi (2003), Goa. However these laws are insufficiently enforced and in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, corporal punishment is still quite frequent.
 Indian spanking art and films
There is little or no Indian spanking art, literature or fetish films known to exist so far. However, in mainstream films playful scenes of men spanking (fully clothed) women occur in romantic comedies including Shandaar (1990, video clip: Sevenload), Judwaa (1997) and Yamadonga (2007, video clip at Sevenload) and in dramas such as Aap Ki Khatir (1977, video clip: Dailymotion) and Sapne Sajan Ke (1992, video clip: YouTube).
 See also
- View the spanking scene from Aap Ki Khatir at Dailymotion
- Corporal Punishments in Day Boardings Schools In Assam
- Corporal Punishment in Chennai schools - A study (on the Internet Archive)
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