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The usage of the article "the" is fairly subtle...for example, you would not use 'the' when you refer to England, but it is used when you say "The British Isles," or "The British Commonwealth of Nations."
And although you would not say 'The India,' you would indeed use the article if you talked about "The Republic of India.'
You can say "The Indies" as some folks do referring to all of India. You can say "the East Indies", "the West Indies", north, south, whatever you want it's just personal preference implying more than one state, territory, colony, province, language, culture. Etc. There are also three Americas, North America, Central America, and South America. There is also the United Arab Emirates etc.....