The population of India is massive. Trying to imagine 1.2 billion people (roughly 4x more than the US) is tough. The following two maps put things into perspective.
Both compare India’s states and territories against global equivalents. The visualizations come from The Economist back in 2011. While the overall economy of India is big, there is a disparity between the comparison countries on population and GDP per capita. Uttar Pradesh is the size of Brazil with the economy of Kenya. In fact, Brazil’s GDP ($2.25 trillion) is greater than than of the whole of India ($1.82 trillion). Further south, Kerala has the same population as Canada and the economy of Papua New Guinea.
Interact with the maps below.