Bombay in the 19th century was characterised by economic and educational development.During the early 20th century it became a strong base for the Indian independence movement.
The name Mumbai was restored officially in 1995, although Bombay remained in common usage.
Mumbai, long the centre of India’s cotton textile industry, subsequently developed a highly diversified manufacturing sector that included an increasingly important information technology (IT) component.
; also known as Bombay, the official name until 1995) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra.
It is the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous agglomeration in the world, with an estimated city population of 18.4 million.
In addition, the city’s commercial and financial institutions are strong and vigorous, and Mumbai serves as the country’s financial hub.
It suffers, however, from some of the perennial problems of many large expanding industrial cities: air and , widespread areas of substandard housing, and overcrowding. (2001) 11,978,450; urban agglom., 16,434,386; (2011) 12,478,447; urban agglom., 18,414,288. Since the 17th century the islets have been joined through drainage and reclamation projects, as well as through the construction of causeways and breakwaters, to form Bombay Island.
The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grantmaking foundation that supports local, national and regional women’s organizations working towards the empowerment of African women and the promotion and realization of their rights.
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