India is home of the beautiful Taj Mahal, which was built by Emperor Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. India has a rich culture and a distinctive cuisine unlike anywhere else. It is also the seventh largest country in the world and the second most populated. After long being a part of the British East India Company, India gained its sovereignty to officially become the Republic of India on this day sixty years ago - January 26, 1950. It took many years to gain independence and many battles to accomplish it.