Modern India is from the period Vasco Da Gama came to India.
Modern Indian History
The period from 1707AD, the year when Aurangzeb died, to 1857, the year
of the Indian Uprising, saw the gradual increase of the European
influence in India. The Europeans had been filtering into India for a
long time before they actually decided to set up shop here. Even though
the British got away with the jackpot, the real pioneers to reach India
were the Portuguese.
Full of crusading and commercial zeal, Vasco da Gama was the first known
European to reach India in 1498, even before the Mughals arrived here.
When Vasco da Gama docked his ship in Calicut, he announced that he came
in search of "Christians and spices" and the very first people he met
here were Christians, who were descendants of those who had settled in
India way back in the 4th century AD.