With a colorful culture steeped in tradition, India today is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. It’s the second most populous country in the world - with 1.3 billion people - and the most populous democracy. Already experiencing an economic boom, in the next 20 years, India is poised to become one of the world’s biggest producers - and consumers - of international goods. Multinationals have already found India’s highly educated English-speaking population a valuable asset. Traditional industries like steel and agriculture are quickly being replaced by high technology production and financial research and technological services, as well as fashion production as retail. Strategically positioned near Asia, Russia, and the Middle East, India is South Asia’s up-and-coming economic super power.