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diversity is everywhere in India, from its religions and languages to its economy, and climates. The second-most populous nation in the world, India is home to more than 1.2 billion people. Most are Hindu, but seven other religions -- including Islam, Christianity and Sikhism -- make up nearly 20 percent of the population. January 26 will be India's 62nd Republic Day, marking the date in 1950 when the country's constitution came into force. Collected here are recent photos from across the vast nation, offering only a small glimpse of the people and diversity of India. [41 photos]

Indian soldiers from the Border Security Forces atop camels stand at attention in front of the Presidential Palace during a ceremony in preparation for the annual Beating Retreat in New Delhi, India, on January 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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Sri Lankan prisoners prepare to perform a traditional dance at the main Welikada prison in Colombo November 17, 2011. The cultural event is organized by the prisons department as part of the rehabilitation program for convicts, according to officials. Occupy Los Angeles protesters march through downtown during a rally Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. Occupy Wall [...]

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SONEPUR, INDIA — An Indian mahout watches as seven-year old female elephant Laxmi reaches with her trunk to touch her daughter 13-month old baby elephant Rani at the Sonepur Fair, in Sonepur, Bihar, near Patna, India. The Sonepur Mela cattle fair, held annually in the Indian state of Bihar, has its origins during ancient times, [...]

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GENTLE TOUCH
GENTLE TOUCH: Rania, a 13-month-old elephant, stretched out her trunk to touch a man’s nose at the Sonepur Cattle Fair in Sonepur, India, Tuesday. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

STREAKING BY
STREAKING BY: The Patrouille Acrobatique de France team performed at the Dubai Air Show Tuesday. (Karim Sahib/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW
DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW: Police, seen through a smashed car window, patrolled as people protested against power blackouts in Kampala, Uganda, Tuesday. Business owners and workers say they are unable to work in the dark. (Stephen Wandera/Associated Press)


OCCUPY WHICH STREET? An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator slept in New York’s Foley Square after police cleared Zuccotti Park early Tuesday and sanitation workers cleaned the plaza. Police arrested dozens of protesters. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)

BLOCKING AN ARTERY
BLOCKING AN ARTERY: Striking doctors and other health-care workers blocked traffic Tuesday in Barcelona to protest against spending cuts that have shut down hospitals. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

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