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Indian Gold market
Let us at first take a look at the evolution of the Indian Gold Market. India was never in dearth of Gold Reserves. History had been a witness of the fact that India was always self sufficient in all its natural resources and more so in case of gold. It was this abundance in availability of such precious metals that lured foreign invaders from all parts of the globe as well as from time to time to come to India and plunder as much of it as was possible for them to do. However there were a significant number of such intruders who, after entering the country, fell for the land and its cultural heritage which eventually led them to settle and establish their empire in India.
As a inevitable consequence of the lavish livelihood exhibited by the Indian rulers, the Gold reserves in India gradually diminished. The arrival of the British in the hierarchy in the middle of the eighteenth century announced the decline of India's Gold Reserves even further. The colonial status given to India by the British crippled the economy which once boasted of its wealth in gold. Huge quantities of the precious metal was carried to England right after their extraction. As a result a major proportion of India's Gold Reserves was 'vanishing' without even entering into the economy.
By the time India gained independence, a huge vacuum had already been created as far as Gold Reserves in India was concerned. Slowly, after several decades have gone by India has finally started to fill up the vacuum in a big way. After reaching a new height in the form of 8 % growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP ) for the year 2005-06, India is being recognized as one of the fastest emerging economies of the world.
India's growing prospects can also be noticed in the gold market as well. India is viewed as the largest consumer of gold in recent times. According to the figures presented by the estimates of the World Gold Council (WGC), India's total demand for gold in the year 2001 was 243.2 tonnes which comprised 26.2 % of the total world demand.
To sum up, the Indian Gold Market has a very bright future ahead.
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