Travel is my driving force in life, and although I have had the privilege of visiting 30 countries so far, my heart will always remain in India...
1500 BC Indo-Aryans invade the region and implement Hinduism and the principle of castes.
563-483 B.C., life of Buddha..
273-236 B.C., reign of Ashoka, big indian emperor. India's golden age.
1192, occupation of a large area of India by Muslims.
1288-1293, Marco Polo travels across India.
1526, founding of the Moghul Empire with Delhi as capital.
1631, building of the Taj Mahal.
17th and 18th centuries, increasing presence of Europeans.
1742, the French arrive in Pondicherry.
1876, Queen Victoria is crowned Empress of India.
1906, creation of the Muslim League.
1911, the capital of the British Empire is moved from Calcutta to New Delhi.
1920, Gandhi launches the non-cooperation movement and in 1930, civil disobedience.
15 August 1947, India gains independence and is divided into two States, the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
1948, assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
1950, India becomes a federal and lay democratic republic, member of the Commonwealth.
1964, death of Nehru.
1964-65, second Indo-Pakistani war.
1966-77, government of Indira Gandhi, daughter of Nehru.
1971, third Indo-pakistani war and independence of Bangladesh.
1975-77, state of emergency is declared by Indira Gandhi.
1984, assassination of Indira Gandhi by her bodyguards, Sikh extremists. Victory at legislative elections by party of Rajiv Gandhi, son of Indira Ghandi.
1987-1989, Indian intervention at Sri Lanka.
1991, assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.
1993, confrontation and attacks in the Bombay region.
1997, an untouchable, KR Narayanan, became leader of India.
Since 1998, clashes at the Indo-Pakistani borders. Escalation of nuclear tests between both countries.
1998, the BJP, Hinduist nationalist party took over power
1999, political comeback of the "Nehru-Ghandi lineage".
July 2002, Abdul Kalam was elected President.
August 2002, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat became Vice-President.
22 mai 2004: Major elections: Manmohan Singh of the Congress Party becomes prime minister. Sonia Gandhi is elected but stands down.