The Indian Plate is a minor plate. About 50-55 million years ago, it began colliding with Asia in the Eocene epoch and fused with the Australian Plate. Thus becoming the Indo-Australian Plate. The Indian Plate moves faster than any other plate (at 2 inches a year) because it is half as thick as any other. The movement of the Indian Plate is causing the Eurasia Plate to deform, also causing the Indain Plate to compress. Ben- Due to continental drift, the India Plate split from Madagascar and collided with the Eurasian Plate resulting in the formation of the Himalayas.<span