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Hindustan

(hĭn'do͝ostăn`) [Persian,=Hindu land], historical term, usually applied to the Ganges Plain of N India, between the Himalayas in the north and the Deccan plateau in the south. Used variably throughout Indian history—generally in contradistinction to the Deccan of peninsular India—it gradually came to mean the whole of N India from the Punjab to Assam. The term Hindustan has also been applied to the whole Indian subcontinent.

Hindustan

 

a loose designation for the whole of India or for northern India, as opposed to the Deccan. More narrowly, “Hindustan” refers to the region inhabited by speakers of Hindustani, an area that encompasses the Ganges River valley from the Delhi region to the Varanasi (Benares) region.

Hindustan

1. the land of the Hindus, esp India north of the Deccan and excluding Bengal
2. the general area around the Ganges where Hindi is the predominant language
3. the areas of India where Hinduism predominates, as contrasted with those areas where Islam predominates
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For the Map of Hindoostan as 'the first accurate map of India', David N.
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