India is the world’s most populous democracy, with a multi-party bi-cameral parliamentary system. It is a federation with 35 regional governments and a federal government with strong powers which is usually referred to as ‘the Centre’. It is a republic within the Commonwealth, independent of Britain since 1947. ‘India consists of twenty-eight states and seven Union Territories. All states, and the two union territories of Puducherry and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, have elected legislatures and governments patterned on the Westminister model. The other five union territories are directly ruled by the Centre through appointed administrators. ’ (Wikipedia, ‘India ’ entry, 2009). The Indian economy, previously very state dominant, has had a much more energetic private sector in the last two decades. It has the world's twelfth largest economy, and is at present the second-fastest growing major economy. Its service industry accounts for 54 % of the country's GDP 1. India is currently one of the world’s largest destinations for the international outsourcing of processing of personal information (‘business process outsourcing’: see generally Duggal 2004a), through telecommunications call centres, transcription of medical consultation notes, and in many other areas. It is claimed to account for 60 % of internationa
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