|Government type||HM's Government|
|Ruling party||National Congress Party (Conservative)|
|Accepted cultures||Kanauji, Bihari, Avadhi, Tamil|
Most of the India is initially controlled either by United Kingdom directly or the British puppets. Panjab and Sindh (and potentially other Indian nations) can form India if it gain access to all of its cores. It is not an easy task to form India but it is very lucrative and India can easily turn out to be the most powerful nation at 1936 with both an enormous population (soldiers and craftsmen) and significant RGO production for both export and industrialization. With Avadhi, Bihari, Tamil and Kanauji as Accepted Cultures, India has a large pool of potential Capitalists to build up Industry with.
The easiest way to play India is to release it from the UK at the beginning. The released India is uncivilized in 1836, but will have a relatively easy time westernizing thanks to the vast army it can field, and the much smaller foothold Great Britain will have in the region. Taking over nations like Makran and Sindh once India has at least one of the first four military reforms will allow it to modernize very quickly. Once Westernized, India will have to fight several wars against the United Kingdom to free the Indian minor puppet states. Once they are free, you have a free Restore Order Casus Belli on every one of them. Alternatively, you can avoid the infamy from using "release puppet" if you become a Great Power as India, as sphereing the Indian puppet nations (plus Nepal) will eventually result in an annexation event.
However, Britain is aware of this and will fight extremely hard to maintain her puppets, so influence technology is advised if you are to take this route. There is also a chance in the mid-game that rebels (such as communist or anarcho-liberal) will take control of an Indian minor state, which effectively frees them from British rule and allows you to invade.
A harder (but more rewarding) way to play as India is the form the nation by one of the independent Indian nations. Sindh, Panjab, Makran, Sikkim and Nepal are available from 1836 to do so. The nation chosen will need to westernize and fight off the British Empire for the Indian core regions.
Alternatively, as the 1870s arrive with Revolution & Counterrevolution, Great Britain will be plagued with rebels within the British Raj, which will force them to release Indian minors you can puppet or annex for RGOs.