geographical name \ˌhin-(ˌ)dü-ˈstan, -də-, -ˈstän\

Definition of HINDUSTAN

region N India N of the Deccan including the plain drained by the Indus, the Ganges, & the Brahmaputra
the subcontinent of India
the Republic of India


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Historically, name applied to northern India, in contrast to the Deccan, or southern India. It is also sometimes used for all of India. It included the region bounded to the north by the Himalayas and to the south by the Vindhya Mountains and Narmada River, comprising the Ganges (Ganga) River valley from the Punjab to Assam. The name was also applied to a small area comprising the upper basin of the Ganges.


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