A country with 1.25 billion people, 29 states, and 7 union territories, India is a mystery to many people. There are very few countries that can inhibit a deep carving impression to a traveler as India does. Besides the layers of history that India is sitting on, India has a marked contrast compared to other countries. While India often attracts stereotyping, more often it defies them. An enormous and diverse place with linguistic, culinary, genetic and sartorial diversity usually found in a continent, India has many mysteries that are left to be unfolded. This article uncovers some of the Interesting facts about India that are not known to all.
15.Ranked Second among the English-Speaking Nations
The United Kingdom made India its colony, and ruled India for 200 years, which forced the people of this country to speak English. Though every region in India has its own linguistic accord, India is the second largest English Speaking nation with over 125 million people speaking English. About 10% of the total population of India can speak English.
Indian Railways has the fourth largest railway network in the World and carries around 8 million passengers to their destination every day. With such a huge network, the Indian Railways also has a huge employee strength. Indian Railways has 1.4 million people working under them. The entire population of countries like Trinidad and Tobago, Estonia, Mauritius, Bahrain, Cyprus etc. summed up gives us the total number of employees in Indian Railways.
13.The Story of Akku Yadav
Ever heard a man being killed by a violent mob in a courtroom? Yes, that was the case of Akku Yadav, a murderer, and a child rapist. Akku Yadav was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering of children across Nagpur. He was convicted several times before, but got away with bail for having high connections. But, in 2004, when he was convicted and undergoing a trial, a violent mob of 200 women killed him with chilli powder and household things. 4 women were arrested, and was released the following day due to the lack of evidence.
12.Shani Shignapur, Maharashtra
Located in the Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, the Shani Shignapur village is known for its astonishing crime rate. The crime rate of the village is near zero. The houses of this village have no doors. The no door rule goes for every house, shops, and halls in the Village. All the valuable things of the people are kept in open, and not under lock and key.
The Village features a Shani Temple at the entrance, and it is said that anybody who steals anything in this Village, will be punished by the God. As of now, there have been three reported incidents of theft in the village. Owing to this near-zero crime rate, the UCO Bank opened a ‘lockless’ branch in the Village, the first of its kind in India.
11.First Diamond mines
The first diamonds were produced by India, from the Guntur District near the deltas of Krishna. Up till the 18th century, India was the only producer of diamond in the World.Today, the World’s largest producer of Diamond is Russia. Russia seems to have a great geographical location and plenty of Natural Resources. The next positions are occupied by the African Countries and Brazil as some of the largest producers of Diamond.
10.First Rocket of India
ISRO has always done wonders to the Space Research. They have made India proud by sending the cheapest satellite into space. The First Rocket of India was transported to the Launching station by a bicycle. It was so light and small that it just fitted into the carrier of a bicycle. It was transported to the Thumba Launching station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
9.The Most Prized Voter of India
Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas lives in the midst of Gujarat’s Gir Forest, home to the fierce Asiatic Lion. He is a priest in a temple deep inside the Gir Forest. As per the Election Commission of India, no voter should go beyond 2 km to cast his/her vote. Therefore, the Election Commission has to set up a polling booth in every election, deep in the Gir Forest, for only one voter, Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas. An entire election team travels 35 Km in the midst of Gir Forest, accompanied by two forest guards, for one precious vote of Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas. He is the ‘Most Prized Voter of India’.
Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that, if one takes a bath in the sacred river at a definite astral position, he/she might get a long life and will be freed of all sins. In 2011, the Kumbh Mela saw the biggest gathering of the world, with 75 million people gathering in the state of Uttar Pradesh for the holy bath. The gathering was so big that it was also visible from space.
7.Science Day in Switzerland
Known as ‘Missile Man’ in India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam was a person of commendable stature. He was a scientist at the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and did great things in his regime at the ISRO. Later, he was elected as the President of India. He visited Switzerland on 26th May 2006. As a gesture towards the great scientist, Switzerland announced 26th May as the Science Day, thereby showing tribute to the ‘Missile Man’ of India.
6.Kabbadi World Cup
Ever heard of a country who has won every edition of a World Cup? India has won every Kabaddi World Cup that has ever happened. Be it men’s or women’s, India has won every single one of them. Founded in 2004, Kabaddi World Cup has been won by Men’s team 7 times, and the women’s team has won it 3 times.
5.Largest Postal Network
India has got the largest postal network in the world reaching every village and city in India. India Post is a government operated postal system, which is also referred to as ‘The Post Office’. Founded in 1774, approximately 250 years ago, it is still the world’s largest postal network. With 25000+ departmental post offices, and 1.2 lakh+ rural post offices, it has the largest number of post offices in the world.
India has been invaded a lot of times since the 11th Century. First, the Mongols invaded India, the Persians, and the Mughals followed. The East India Company or Britain was the last among the Invaders who invaded India and Ruled India for 200 years. But, on the contrary, India never invaded any country till date. Though, some Historians defies to this fact since in the Ashoka era, Ashoka did send his messengers all over Central Asia, to spread Buddhism and therefore a cultural invasion did take place.
3.Floating Post Office
As we spoke about India’s large Postal Network, the Floating post office in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is a great example of the fact. In August 2011, India Post inaugurated a floating post office Dal Lake. Dal Lake supports schools, marketplace and a residential place where people live. The Floating Post Office was made for those people who live in Dal Lake, and travel by boats.
2.The Bhagavad Gita Contest
The Bhagavad Gita is the holy book of Hindus. The religious script is said to have been written by Krishna. Every year, a contest by the name of Gita Champions is held in India. Students from all around the country participate in the contest. The winner gets a prize from the President of India. In the 2016 edition of the Bhagavad Gita Contest, a Muslim girl by the name of Maryam, won the contest. She defeated around 4000 contestants and bagged the first prize. She said that she learned “Humanity is the greatest Religion” from the Bhagavad Gita.
1.Most Vegetarian-Friendly Country in the World
Approximately 20-25% of India’s population is Vegetarian, and that makes India the highest grossing vegetarian country in the World. About two-thirds of the population eat meat, but as per the religion and caste’s demand, vegetarianism is supposedly a norm. As per the CNN-IBN, the total percentage of vegetarian’s were 31% in 2006, that is about 40 crores people are vegetarian in India, and therefore, India is often known as a ‘Vegetarian Country’.
With Muslim girls winning Gita Contest, and the Government making arrangements for a lone voter, in midst of a forest, India is truly amazing.
“India may be a land of over a 100 problems, but it is also a place for a billion solutions.”
-Kailash Satyarthi (2014 Noble Prize Winner)