Indian a person or thing relating to India. The Indian subcontinent is a large section of the Asian continent consisting of the land lying substantially on the Indian tectonic plate.
The subcontinent includes parts of various countries in South Asia, including those on the continental crust (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan), an island country on the continental shelf (Sri Lanka), and an island country rising above the oceanic crust (the Maldives).
The term subcontinent signifies "having a certain geographical or political independence" from the rest of the continent, or "a vast and more or less self-contained subdivision of a continent."
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