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The Dominion of India is a member of the British Imperial Commonwealth in South Asia.
After the fall of the Mughal Empire in the 18th century, India came under British control. Although many natives were initially discontented with foreign rule, the British proved themselves to be benevolent colonial masters. Although an independence movement arose in the first decade of the 20th century, it was not taken seriously by anybody.
World Wars I and II
In WWI, many Indians served in the British army. In WWII, the all-but-dead independence movement allied itself with the Axis. Subhas Chandra Bose-who was influenced by European fascism-formed the Indian National Army, which clashed with the British Army and carried out pogroms against whites, pro-British natives, and Jews. India's native Jewish population was almost wiped out by Bose's ruthless purges. When the war ended, Bose was captured and sentenced to death for crimes against humanity. The Indian independence movement died with him, and is today remembered as a criminal movement responsible for heinous atrocities.
Post-War to Present
In 1948, the British Imperial Commonwealth was formed as the next incarnation of the British Empire. India became an autonomous dominion. Jawarhal Nehru became the dominion's first Prime Minister. Nehru's socialist policies, however, proved to be detrimental to the Indian economy, and he quickly fell from power.
In the 1960s, a communist insurgency sprang up. It had little public support, though, and was quickly snuffed out.
Today, India is a leader in technology and has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. It still struggles, however, with overpopulation, poverty, illiteracy, and religious tensions between Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs.