English: States of India, numbered.
Norsk nynorsk: Indiske statar og territorium
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India consists of 29 states and seven union territories. All states, and the two union territories of Puducherry and Delhi (National Capital Territory), have elected legislatures and governments patterned on the Westminster model. The other five union territories are directly ruled by the Central government through appointed administrators. In 1956, under the States Reorganisation Act, states were formed on a linguistic basis.  Since then, this structure has remained largely unchanged.
For interstate cooperation and planning, the 29 states and 7 union territories are also grouped into 6 zones (headed by 5 zonal councils, plus the projected North Eastern Council).