Facts about India

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With a population of  over a billion people, India is one of the most influential and the powerful countries in the world. Its cultural history is particularly complex and details spanning 4,500 years of predominantly Hindu philosophy and theology. Thousands of years later, modern India is profoundly different with its own colossal film industry, a diverse population and an astonishingly big workforce.

Here are some shocking facts about India.

  • Freddie Mercury

The extremely famous and talented frontman of the iconic band Queen, Freddie Mercury was actually of Indian descent, though many people don’t know this.

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Its true. Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara and spent his lot of his time up until his mid-teens in India before moving to England. In many places, he stated that his nationality was British-Indian. It was in India, in fact, that he first received his formal piano training, which would become the cornerstone and basis of his musical talent.

  • Floating Post Office

It is widely known that India has the highest number of Post Offices in the World, one thing you might not know is the extremes they go to in order to distribute their mail.

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For instance, one of the many post offices in India is actually a boat. The Floating Post Office in Srinagar has become a popular part of tourist’s itinerary since its inauguration in 2011.

If you are a resident of India, you’ll also know right away if you get a letter postmarked from the Floating Post Office – all mail which is posted there bears a special design which features landscape depiction of Dal Lake and other attractions in Srinagar.

  • New Workforce

It is no secret that India accounts for a lot of the outsourced workers in the world. The actual numbers, though, might shock you. The world’s workforce had shifted greatly to India, with up to 25% of new workers joining the world’s working pool coming from India. This is a pretty big deal, since virtually no other country in the world can top those numbers.

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India’s job market is only expected to grow, in direct proportion to the number of tech-based companies currently popping up all over the world.

  • Oldest City

There is a lot of archaeological evidence to suggest that the Indian city of Varanasi is probably the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.

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This means that while it is not the oldest city where people ever lived, it is the only city in the world which can trace its history back from present day in a straight line all the way to potentially the 20th century BC. That’s more than 4000 years ago!

  • Zero

The concept of the number Zero was first theorized in India. This may seem strange, since zero is a fundamental part of our understanding of the world and even small children can grasp the concept, but humanity once did not have a true concept of zero.

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As early as the 5th century, however, it’s speculated that Indian scholars were using the concept of zero in their math.

  • Visible from Space

It’s actually a common myth that the Great Wall of China is visible from Space. That might be a letdown, but you’ll be happy to know that India has an ever cooler claim to space fame.

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In 2001, the Maha Kumbh Mela spiritual gathering, which takes place every 144 years in India, had so many participants that it was visible from space. This event, which attracted more than 70 million people to the sacred location, still counts as the largest gathering of humans in one place ever.

  • The Wettest Place in the World

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A remote location in India known as Mawsynram is considered to be the wettest place in the world. This is because the location has the highest average annual rainfall, with an average of nearly 10,000 millimeters of rain in a given year.

  • Martial Arts

We now associate cultures such as those of China and Japan with Martial Arts, but it was actually in India that the concept of martial arts was first created.

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Kalaripayattu, or the study of war, was created in India as far back as the 3rd Century BC. The style is still practiced today, and is itself the basis for many more forms of modern martial arts.

  • More Poor Than Anywhere

Although India’s culture is world renowned, India is also home to startling disparity. To a point, India has more people than any other country in the world.

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According to the Millenium Development Goals report by the UN, more than one-third of world’s population of poor live in India. This is something that India is working to resolve. Indian government considers Poverty to be one of the biggest concerns they face and works to reduce that number.

  • Bandra Worli Sealink

A cable stayed bridge in India called the Bandra Worli Sea Link (also known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link), contains enough steel wire to wrap around the entire Earth. Additionally, the megalith structure contains 90,000 tons of cement, and has a daily tarffic volume of approximately 37,500 vehicles.

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The structure also has a height 63 times that of Qutb Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, also located in India.

  • Outsourced IT

India is pretty much the fastest growing job market in the world. A large part of that is because modern tech companies around the world see India as the premiere destination for outsourced IT work. In fact, more than 80% of US companies chose India as their first choice for outsourcing software development and support.

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More recent estimates have shown that about 50% of the world’s outsourced IT ends up in India.

Pretty cool!

  • Shampooing

In general, people in the world shampoo an average of 4 – 6 times per week. It’s a part of the daily routine to lather up your hair in order to keep it clean, and you’ll quickly become a social pariah if chose not to do so. But did you know that the concept of shampooing comes from India?

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It’s true! In fact, the word “Shampoo” comes from the sanskrit word “Champu”, or to massage.

  • Indian Movie Market

Although the western world thinks of Hollywood when movies come to mind, India thinks of Bollywood. In fact, India’s movie market is so big that it accounts for more than the ticket sales of the United States and Canada combined.

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In 2013, Indian ticket sales for movie accounte for about $2.7 billion. When all of this is taken into account , it’s undeniable that Indians truly love their movies.

  • World’s Biggest Family

A man from India, named Ziona Chana, is currently recognized as having the largest family in the world. He has 39 wives, who have borne him 94 children, and who have in turn gives him 33 grandchildren.

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The huge family actually all lives together in a gargantuan 100-room mansion in the Mizoram village of Baktwang in India. Chana says that he considers himself to be a lucky man to have such a large family.

  • Indian Lunar Missions

The Indian Lunar Mission Chandrayaan 1 is significant not just because it’s a major achievement by a world power, but also because that mission is responsible for the discovery of water on the Moon. This discovery shocked the world when it was announced in 2009, with a spokesperson from NASA saying None of us had expected this 10 years ago“.

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The Indian Space Program is actually the 5th largest in the world, and with the popularization of private space exploration. It’s likely we’ll see more space missions coming out of India in the near future.

  • Spa for Elephants

Elephants are an important part of Indian culture. So important, in fact, that there exists a spa in India which is reserved just for elephants.

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Each year during the sweltering summer month of July, elephants in India get a bit of a reprieve from a heat. They enjoy scrub-downs by locals who lovingly clean them and bathe them in the centre, which is located in part of the famous Guruvayurappan Hindu Temple.

  • Second Largest English Speaking Country

As part of their push to become a major part of the world’s workforce, India has embraced the English language. They’ve done so in such a big way, in fact that India is now the second largest English speaking country in the world, second only to the United States.

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Part of this is because India actually does not have a national language of their own. Hindi is the official language of the Indian government, but most Indian people see it as arelic of the past and opt to speak English instead.

  • Vegetarian Population

Indian eating habits are a lot different from those in the Western world. That’s no secret. But it’s surprising to learn that a huge amount of the population of India considers themselves vegetarian. Meat is a huge cornerstone of western diets, especially in America, but that’s not the case in India. In fact, more than 500,000,000 people in India don’t eat any meat at all. This is both due to poverty preventing access to meat as well as health and spiritual reasons. Either way, India is home to the largest percentage of vegetarians in the world.

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Vegetarianism is so widespread in India, in fact, that popular restaurant chain Pizza Hut had to create vegetarian menu choices to stay relevant there.

  • Milk Production

Although many people know that Indian culture considers cows as sacred, you might be surprised to learn that this hasn’t stopped them from becoming the largest producer of milk in the world. In fact, India alone accounts for more than 18% of all the milk produced globally. This constitutes an output of more than 146 million tons of milk per year.

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So next time you go to dip your Oreo cookie, thank India!

  • Indian Diamonds

Although diamond mining is now typically associated with different parts of Africa, it was actually in India that diamonds were first mined. Indian diamond mining dates back all the way to the 4th century BC, where Indian miners discovered the gems and pulled them from the earth to send along trade routes with China.

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India is so historically associated with diamond mining, in fact, that it was common thought up until the 18th century that the stones could only be found in India.

  • Sugar Consumption

Farming of Sugarcane in India dates back more than 60,000 years, with the first consumers of the sweet confection doing so just shortly after migrating to what would become India.

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Sugar went on to become one of the most highly sought after prizes along the Silk Road trade route, and was the basis for India’s initial success in early human civilization.

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Differences between North India and south India

To get a scale of the distance between the northernmost state and the southernmost tip, it’s the difference between France and Nigeria or Canada to Central Mexico. So if the distance is going to be this much there are bound to be differences even though they belong to the same mother. Yes, there are major differences, especially when it comes to food, the Churidhar vs. the Kanjipuram, Hindustani Music vs. the Karnataka Music, the lush mountains of the North vs. the South and the plenty of misconceptions like the colour of skin.

The difference between the two has the historical foundation and if you take a look at India’s history then you will see that the South of India was colonized very few times. The Chola Kingdom and the early Pandya Dynasty, they rule for a close to almost thousand years. Under stable government, culture, art, architecture flourished and that’s why if you look at any of the dance or paintings from India, the older schools were always found in the South. The North in the meantime where constantly under attack and different empires would rule and erase the previous empires contribution.

When I talk to people, I find that they think of India’s history in very blanket terms — of the British, the Mughals, the Marathas, the Rajputs. But actually India, especially the North was ruled by many different empires. While the Gangetic plains were fertile, they were also easily accessible through the Khyber Pass. The South on the other hand was equally fertile, but accessible only by boat. A lot of the boats that did land there, they were merchant boats and not led by armies. Which trade came in understanding of other cultures without having to call them masters.

Now here’s a story that will blow your mind especially if you just join the tribe. People have a tendency to believe that Islam came from the North. But the very first Mosque to have been built in India dudraw ring Muhammad’s lifetime was built right here in Kerala. The King of Kerala had heard of Muhammad and said to meet him. Even though he didn’t manage to convert to Islam, he did promise Muhammad that his people and his followers would have a place of worship right here in the south and that’s where the first Mosque ever got built in India. This Mosque still exists in India, so understand that the British did not give us Christianity and the Mughals did not give us Islam but it’s the merchant vessels that brought these religions to Indian shores.

Even though the South did get colonized before the North, the British were very focused on Delhi and Bengal. Yes they did have centres in Madras but their relationship with the Kings of the South was less disruptive than the North. People from the North were constantly moving from one place to another, while those in the South were allowed to stay and their roots were deepend even more. Now we all know what happens to deep roots. It makes for the foundation for a really strong tree. Why is it that Kerala and Tamil Nadu are spotlessly clean as compared to UP, MP or Bihar. It comes from education, it comes from culture and it also comes from having a deeper sense of belonging. People from the South are deeply affected if their natural resources are depleted and that is why some of the jungles from the South are richer and greener compared to the North.

The North of India has two sides to its coin \, because of the constant upheaval that is taking place, the energy is always new. There is a survival instinct and the warrior spirit that does kick in which makes it a little stronger. So compare America to Europe, it’s young, new, flashy and always trying to impress. In our case, Hindi movies with its obviously northern influences becomes the barometer for Pop culture in India. Yes, Southern movies have caught up but in today’s day and age it’s still easier to watch a Hindi movie in Madurai than to try and catch a tamil movie in Mathura

 

New Era of Trains in India

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India is all set to start the work for its ambitious project of bullet trains. The prime minister of Japan is coming to India to hold the India-Japan Summit in the state of Gujarat. The prime ministers of the two countries will lay the foundation stone on September 14 and it will announce the commencement of work on the 508 km-long high-speed rail route between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. For the same project, India and Japan are also likely to sign the loan agreement of $12 billion, at a cost of 0.1%, for a 50-year period including a 15-year moratorium.

The good thing is that land acquisition requirement is going to be low as most of the project is going to be elevated, apart from a 21-km tunnel and 7 km of under-sea tunnel. There is a plan to build 12 stations – Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, Sabarmati. Out of these 12 stations, Mumbai will be an underground station.

Currently, it takes around 7-8 hours to travel between Mumbai and Ahmedabad by train and by the bullet train the travel time between two cities is going to be reduced to 2.07 hours and 2.58 hours.

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Very importantly, it is being said that the agreement between the two governments also includes “transfer of technology”. India will be importing 24 train-sets from Japan for the project and the earlier completion deadline of December 2023 may be brought toward to August 2022 as this is when the country will be celebrating its 75 years of Independence. There will be 35 trains running between the two cities and with two different segments for passengers. They will also carry cold-chain and horticultural products.

The High Speed Rail Corporation (HSRC) has been conducting feasibility studies for several bullet train projects in India and it has been doing the studies with the consultants from different countries. These bullet projects are- Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Chennai, Mumbai-Nagpur and Delhi-Amritsar.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad project is actually a part of the Delhi-Mumbai bullet train project. It is important to point out that on routes like Chennai-New Delhi and New Delhi-Mumbai, China has been carrying out feasibility studies and after the ugly Doklam standoff, India may not be very comfortable in going ahead with China as a partner in such projects, however, there is no official confirmation on that yet.

Bullet trains were invented by Japan and the Japanese bullet train technology is anyway more sophisticated, reliable and safer as it has a record of zero fatal accidents in more than 5 decades of its history. In the long term, Japanese trains are also cheaper to maintain with low repair costs that can compensate its initial higher costs.

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The bullet train that is coming to India will be using the wheel-based HSR technology, instead of new maglev 600 km/hr technology of Japan. Both Maglev and Bullet-trains are high-speed mass transportation system and they have different technologies. Maglev trains have very strong electromagnets in them and the term ‘maglev’ itself is a short version for magnetic levitation.

There is no doubt that India can benefit by acquiring the technologies in the areas in which it is lagging behind and at the same time, it may also want to invest a lot more in its own research and development sector, so that it can also become a major technology exporter, especially in the infrastructure sector.

India’s Major Problems

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Time has come to save the country. Intellects have to unite. Enough of listening to old uneducated politicians. Here are some evils from which India has to get rid of immediately.

  • The Caste System

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This social stratification started in ancient India. To this day it can be seen in the rural and urban areas. This is holding India back to become a true democracy.

Youth are the only way, we can get rid of this. Just don’t follow it and don’t listen to the people who follow it.

  • Marriage in the same caste

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As Indian parents continue to set their children’s love life more than necessary, they only pick the partner that is of the same caste.

We have to stop this madness!!

This will only make caste divisions deeper and deeper.

  • Low Urban Area

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According to the world bank, 68% of area is rural in India. This is bad because most of the rural India is poor and doesn’t have enough resources.

  • Internal Conflicts and Riots

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Fights because of religion is a common scene in India. India is doomed until we educate these types of people. No one talks about the poor but talk about Bhagwad Gita and Quran.

  • Extremely High Pollution

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These are some scenes of the capital.

Problems like parking, low living standards, extremely low seats for students in colleges is only due to low resources and high population.

Mystery of Ellora

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200 Miles North-East of Mumbai in Aurangabad stands a monolithic temple complex known as Ellora Caves. Cave 16 known as Kailasha Temple is a massive shrine to Lord Shiva. Shiva is the member of the Hindu Trinity of major gods. One of his functions is destruction, the other one is creation.

At three storeys high, it stands twice as tall as the Parthenon in Athens. Archaeologist believe it was chiseled out of the hill side starting at the top and ending at the bottom. Some historians estimate that construction of the temple required the removal of over four hundred thousand tons of rock. But even more incredible is that mainstream archaeologists propose that this feet was accomplished in just 18 years.

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If people worked everyday for that 18 years for 12 hours straight with no breaks, then they would had to have removed 5 tons of rock every hour. This is ten thousand pound of rock every hour. In reality, such a feet is not even possible today with modern technology. If it happened in 18 years, its very hard to account for the volume of material that was removed.

Another baffling fact is that if they removed four hundred thousand tons of rocks, they have to be thrown away somewhere but there is no any evidence of rocks being pilled of nearby. It hasn’t been used to built any other temples or any structure, where did all that rock go?

Could humans living over 1000 years ago really have constructed Kailasha Temple in only 18 years and if so, how is it that all the rock that was excavated has simply disappeared. Perhaps further clues can be valved by examining a powerful device described in the ancient Vedic texts.

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Interestingly, there is a device called Brahmastra mentioned in the ancient Vedic texts which was a very high-tech machine and may be it would be able to quickly drill into the rock and this could basically change the rock into air.

Is it possible that the master machine described in the Vedic texts was really a technological device that existed on Earth thousands of year ago? Ancient astronauts theorists say yes but suggests it was used not to build Kailasha Temple from the top-down as mainstream scholars propose, but carved up the structure from bottom-up.

One of the most mysterious aspects of the sites of Ellora are the tunnels that seem to go nowhere underground. Local authorities believe that tunnels like these lead to a vast underground city under Kailasha Temple. But why would vast rooms and tunnels exist deep underground beneath Kailasha Temple?

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Ancient astronaut theory suggests, this could be further evidence that Lord Shiva has a connection with the great flood. Could it be hidden beneath Kailasha Temple, is an underground Alien city? And is shown with this proof that the being Hindus called Shiva was really an extra-terrestrial visitor who gave technology to an earlier race of humans and alternately destroy them.

Overpopulation: A Curse

You can ask a 10 or 12 year old- What is India’s biggest problem? and even a child will able to tell you– Our Population.

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As of 18th April 2017, Inida’s Population was 1,339,254,055 and is still growing. We are only one billion less than China’s population, i.e., 1,374,717,093. Size-wise on the map India is three times smaller than that of China. All of India can fit inside two Alaska’s. And yet at 2022, they are saying that we are going to overtake China’s population.

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So, if you think about it, that’s way too many people living in too little space and fighting for too little resources and yet our social media, our religious leaders and our politicians will not make this their main agenda.

Recently, Indian society seems to be getting more violent with itself. And behind all of this undressed, line are been drawn and divisions are been made.

  • I am Brahmin, you are not.
  • She is Hindu, he is Muslim.
  • He is from North-East, she is from Delhi.
  • He is from Bihar, she is from Maharashtra.

These seem to be only the kind of burning issues that our media is addressing. Our media houses seem not to be focusing on too much that would help raise our people intelligence or their consciousness.

First Independence, India started out with majority of its population in poverty and 70 years later, it seems like we are on the same situation. (22-25)% of our population lives below poverty line which is close to 2 hundred and 24 million people. India has the largest number of people who live below this poverty line.

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If what you are reading, makes you uncomfortable, then good, because that means that you are going to thinking about what i have written and maybe you do something about it.

Our large population has lot of poor people, because of which they stay uneducated and have lot of children who grow up being poor and uneducated, contributing to the growing population, and the cycle continues. Yes, there are a lot of cases that people breaking through social class and rising, but those people are few and an exception to the rule. Our system does not work for the poor. And yet it isn’t the benefit of some people to keep these numbers large and uneducated. So who are these people?

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Wealth distribution among the population in India like anywhere in the world is unequal (But not this unequal).

  • The largest part of the population in the bar is about 67% (as the estimated data in 2017) making INR 9792/year on average and they hold only 8% of the nation’s entire wealth.
  • Then comes the middle class people, they form 32% of the population and they have 33% roughly of the wealth.
  • And finally The Rich who rule us. The Rich, 1%, as thin as a cream layer. This richest 1% owns 58.4% of the wealth of this country and broadly this group is divided into three categories —
  1. Financial leaders
  2. Political leaders
  3. Religious leaders

And not single one of them is addressing India’s population problem. But unfortunately, they are doing everything to stay in power and to make sure that the majority stays poor and uneducated. If you are poor and uneducated, I can easily buy your vote. I can buy your vote for as little as a bag of rice or even a low quality laptop.

 

  • Religious leaders, they are asking their followers to have more babies and that is true of all communities. Why? Because they are putting communities for the nation and everyone wants follower who you can control.
  • Politicians, they are not stepping up and addressing these issues because unenlightened people have the tendency to vote whoever their religious leaders tell them to vote for and going against your religious leaders is very bad for politics.
  • Industrialists, they love harping about India’s strength lies in its numbers. But these numbers, they are poor and uneducated. They, in fact would think that it is luxury if they could go and buy a McDonalds Burger even once a year.
  • And then comes our media. A lot of time media will not focus on lot of real issues at hand.

Now, I want you to google this. On the day that news broke out that Aamir Khan’s wife feels unsafe in India, on the very same day ONGC went and sold one of India’s biggest oil wealth to a private investor. This didn’t make it to the front page or to the headlines but a private conversation between Husband and Wife to the extent of even asking them to leave the country, that is what out media wants us to focus on. A lot of times they have distracted with Bollywood, IPL and stuffs while there are so many other issues that are going on in our country.

If a politician or an industrialists wants to help India, then they needs to focus on our biggest problem which definitely is not IPL or what Salman Khan ate last week, it is our population.

Here are some few things that may be we can do. How about getting on to the social media pages of some of our political leaders.

  • Ask questions
  • Ask uncomfortable questions
  • Ask the right question
  • Tweet to our media channels
  • Have a conversation and start a  dialogue in your school or in your college.

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Its very important to make uneducated people realise that more children is only more mouths to feed, is more strain on our resources. It is not more people that become a source of income for them. We need to take that stigma away the use of condoms and contraceptives. Its ok for a girl to go to a chemist and ask for one if that means that she is protecting herself. Maybe we can even try in reduce the taxes on it. There are so many things that I think that if we put our minds to it, we can do.

This is a serious problem, but a fixable problem. We just need to make the people empower acknowledging and do something about it.

How’s India!?

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To the people, the doubters, my fellow critics, to everyone who ever asked anyone – HOW’S INDIA. This post is for you.

  • India has stupid accent.
  • India is poor.
  • It is hot there.
  • India is dirty.
  • Just spicy food.
  • Slums everywhere.
  • Indians are snake-charmers.

These are terrible stereotypes.

If I would ever write a book on India, the title that will work is WE ARE NOT WHAT YOU THINK! Because the idea encapsulates everything I know about India.

When we were struggling for freedom, the Britisher’s were like–

  • You can’t, you are not smart enough, you can’t reach Mars.
  • You can’t, you are not smart enough, you can’t grow faster.
  • You can’t, you don’t have leader for that.

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I do wanna go further, but if I have to characterize what the new generation of Indians are trying to do, we are trying to do something that the one never thought of before that we can.

  • We aren’t a rich developed country but we have a growing economy with more than 100 billionaires and a million millionaires.
  • We don’t have a great Research and Development budget but we can put a bunch of Indian scientists to work under ISRO. And the next thing you know you’re travelling in Space towards Mars at the rate of  INR 6.7/km which is less than a auto-rickshaw ride in India.
  • We don’t have best English accent but we have 122 major languages with 1599 other languages or dialects.

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We don’t need money, we don’t need funds or a institute to prove what we are worthy of. When you are an Indian, you don’t need anyone in your ear telling you what you can and can’t do, what you can and can’t say.

They call us corrupt, polluted, chaotic. But we know something they don’t. We can celebrate Holi or Eid or we can be a Muslim dressed up as Hindu going to a Catholic School.

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When you’re an Indian, all you need is J-U-G-A-A-D. A story you want to share, something you need to say, and the rest is history.

If you never been to India, or don’t know what India is like, let me tell you something. The culture, diversity and life changes in India are so fast that you won’t even have time to process.

To all Indians watching this right now, I say, keep doing what you love, keep creating. And don’t forget, you don’t have to listen to anyone because in this new world, no one knows anything.

All the people of the world is like drinking Champagne in the top deck of the Titanic and India is f@#$%^g Iceberg.

 

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MAKE IN INDIA.

WE ARE NOT WHAT YOU THINK!