The terms "Indian subcontinent" and "South Asia" are used interchangeably. Due to political sensitivities, some prefer to use the terms "South Asian Subcontinent", "the Subcontinent", or simply "South Asia" over the term "Indian subcontinent". According to historians Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal, Indian Subcontinent has come to be known as South Asia "in more recent and neutral parlance." Indologist Ronald B. Inden argues that the usage of the term "South Asia" is getting more widespread since it clearly distinguishes the region from East Asia; some academics hold that the term "South Asia" is in more common use in Europe and North America, rather than the terms "Subcontinent" or the "Indian Subcontinent" Geographically, the Indian subcontinent is a peninsular region in south-central Asia, rather resembling a diamond which is delineated by the Himalayas in the north, the Hindu Kush in the west, and the Arakanese in the east, and which extends southward into the Indian Ocean with the Arabian Sea to the southwest and the Bay of Bengal to the southeast. With all seven countries included, the area covers about 4.4 million kmÂ² (1.7 million miÂ²), which is 10% of the Asian continent or 2.4% of the world's land surface area. Overall, it accounts for about 34% of Asia's population (or over 16.5% of the world's population) and is home to a vast array of people. Indian subcontinent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Folks, its difficult for me to understand why we, the people of india, do not call it the Indian Subcontinent when a big majority of the people have historically referred to at this area as the very same name. The landmass in and around india is the "Indian subcontinent" not just the subcontinent as the people today have started to refer to. Just like the "Indian" Ocean, the "Persian" Gulf, the "Arabian" sea, the bay of "Bengal", the south china sea, the "Indo-China" (the abomination of Indian & chinese culture and landmass) are named, this landmass is named after India. All the countries in this region have their roots in India and historically they have all been a part of India. (I'm not an expansionist) So why we, The Indians, 1.22 billion people, almost one out of every 5 walking on this earth, shouldn't take pride in calling it THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT.