these regions roughly form the entities of modern day greater India. Ancient texts mention India under emperor Bharata and Akhand Bharat. Conception of Pan-South Asianism . and much of Persia. Indian nationalism often imbibes the consciousness of Indians that prior to 1947.INTRODUCTION Indian nationalism refers to the many underlying forces that defined the principles of the Indian independence movement. In addition. Pala Empire. as well as being the heart of many contrasting ideologies that have caused ethnic and religious conflict in Indian society. such as the Gupta Empire. India embodied the broader Indian subcontinent and influenced a part of Asia. much of India has also been unified under a central government by empires. Mauryan Empire was the first to unite all of India. Mughal Empire. South Asia. National consciousness in India India has been unified under many emperors and governments in history. Rashtrakuta Empire. Indian Empire etc. and strongly continue to influence the politics of India. known as Greater India.

Maharana Pratap of Rajputana. He forged familial and political bonds with Hindu Rajput kings. and was known to have a good relationship with the Roman Catholic Church as well as with his subjects – Hindus. Nationalistic sentiments and expression encompass that India's ancient history. Sikhs and Jains. Buddhists. Indian nationalists see India stretching along these lines across the Indian Subcontinent. Buddhism. Although previous Sultans had been more or less tolerant. Prithviraj Chauhan.[2] Akbar the Great was a powerful Mughal emperor who sought to resolve religious differences.[1] as the birthplace of the Indus Valley Civilization and Vedic Civilization. India today celebrates many kings and queens for combating foreign invasion and domination. The kings of Ancient India. as well as four major world religions – Hinduism. The last Hindu empire of India. Kittur Chennamma. Muslim kings are also a part of Indian pride. Akbar took religious intermingling to . without its vassals.[2] such as Shivaji of the Maratha Empire. are also remembered for their military genius. Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. who combated the Mahmud of Ghazni and Tipu Sultan who fought the British. Ages of war and invasion The extent of Maratha Empire.India's concept of nationhood is based not merely on territorial extent of its sovereignty. incredible conquests and remarkable religious tolerance. such as Chandragupta Maurya and Emperor Ashoka the Great of the Magadha Empire. Jainism and Sikhism.