The first Indian railroad was constructed by two Indians (Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoyand Jaganath Shunkerseth) and not the BritishDhyanchand was an Indian field hockey player, who is widely considered as the greatestfield hockey player of all time. He is most remembered for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals (1928, 1932, and 1936) in field hockey, during an era where India was the most dominant team in Hockey. Known as “The Wizard” for his superb ball control, Dhyanchand played his final international match in 1948, having scored more than 400 goals during his international career.
India’s 25 richest people have a combined net worth of $174.8 billion, which is about as much as Ukraine’s GDP
The Biggest Air Evacuation in the History of Mankind Was Done by IndiaIn 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait home to almost 1,76,000 Indians, all of who had suddenly lost all their money, were homeless and scared for their lives. Back home in India, it was politically one of the most fragile times. India was in financial trouble and the VP Singh government was lacking support with the opposition trying to bring the government down. But leaving all problems aside, the Indian govt. decided to rescue its citizens.
Half the world’s outsourced IT services come from India, amounting to a $47 billion dollar industry
Lifeline Express is the world’s first hospital-train!Established in 1991, the train has traveled the length and breadth of the country, bringing medical aid and relief to the most far-flung and inaccessible areas.
India’s tech capital, Bangalore, has increased its office supply by six times since 2006, and now has more Grade-A offices than Singapore
India has been the largest troop contributor to the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions since it’s inception and every year remains in the top 4
India Has Spent $50 Billion of Arms and Defense Purchases in the Last DecadeMaking it the second largest importer in the world!
India has an Airforce base in Tajikistan. Farkhor Air Base is India’s one and only military base outside its territory
The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982
A bigger movie market than America and Canada combined, India sold 3.2 billion tickets last year
Sanskrit is the Most Suitable Language for Computer Software
Agni III is the Most Accurate Missile in the World in its Range Category and BrahMos is the Fastest Operational Cruise Missile in the World
Bodhidharma, a prince of the Pallava dynasty went to China and began the physical training of the Shaolin monks that led to the creation of Kung Fu!
Govt hiked the payment for the hangman from Rs. 10 to 5,000 just days before the Kasab hanging
In 2001, Indian pharma company Cipla produced a three-in-one drug for HIV, which is affordable at an incredible $ 1 a day.
This Indian State Has the Most Honest People In the World‘Nghah lou dawr’ – mainly shops along the highway in Mizoram where groceries and flowers collected by the shopkeepers from nearby forests are kept on display with the rates and a money box. The astonishing thing being that there is no shopkeeper around the shop. If you want to buy some vegetables, it’s as simple as weighing it and paying the amount according to the rate, and that’s it. Pick up the balance from the money box and continue with your daily routine.
The Free Kitchen (Langar) at the Golden Temple Feeds up to 100,000 People a Day
An Indian man named Jadav Payeng started planting trees on a barren sandbar at 17. He is now 47 and lives in his own 1360 acre forest which now houses rhinos, tigers, deer, apes and elephants.
The World’s Only Bank With No LocksIn January 2011, the United Commercial (UCO) Bank opened a ‘lockless’ branch in the village of Shani Shingnapur, the first of its kind in the country, taking note of the near-zero crime rate in this village. The doors of every villagers home is kept open at all times as are teh bank door- no locks anywhere. The villagers believe that the ancient local Shani tenple is “jagrut” /”alive” and Lord Shani will severely punish offenders. There have been only 3 thefts documented.
Lonar Lake, a saltwater lake in Maharashtra, was created by a meteor hitting the Earth and is one of its kind in India.
India has 3 biodiversity hotspots, no other country, or even continent except Brazil and Indonesia have more than 2India has three antarctic stations, Dakshin Gangotri, Maitri and Bharathi. The first station Dakshin Gangotri was buried in ice and abandoned in 1990–91
The number of cellphone subscribers In India Increased By 16,240% between 2001-2011.
You Can Buy a Dinosaur Egg for $10 in these Indian States.In some areas of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh eggs of giant reptiles are found and even illegally sold at 10$.Fossilized skeletons with length around 18-20m and 10-13 tonnes have been found in Maharashtra.They are also believed to be found in Gujarat, Rajasthan and ..M.P.Some may have a misconception that huge dinosaurs never roamed India but Bruhathkayosaurus, according to some, was the largest dinosaur that ever lived. Its remains were found near Trichy, in Tamil Nadu. Its name is derived from bruhath, meaning huge in Sanskrit, and kay, meaning body.
India has Classified Dolphins as “Non-Human Persons”This status was given to the animals due to their near human intelligence and the government has ordered their release from captivity.
India has over 275 billion tons of coal reserves, that’s the equivalent of 1.37 billion blue whales
English Actor Sir Ben Kingsley’s Birth name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji and he is of Indian (Gujarati) descent
About 25% of India’s land is turning into desert – that’s the equivalent of three United Kingdoms.
Indian Post Allows you to Order Personalized Stamps with your Picture on Them
Tirupati Balaji temple built in the 10th century, is the world’s largest religious pilgrimage destination.Larger than either Rome or Mecca, an average of 30,000 visitors donate $6 million (US) to the temple everyday.
India is home to 3,00,000 mosques which is more than any country in the world.
India has the World’s lowest number of Prisoners as a percentage to the total population
Kunal Nayyar (Rajesh Koothrappalli from Big Bang Theory) is married to a former Miss India, Neha Kapur
Each Year 2,500 Crores Worth of Hair is Bought and Sold in India
A City Name “Jhumri Telaiya” Actually Exists in Jharkhand
A Chinese pop star named Sa Dingding sings in Sanskrit
According to a study conducted in 2011, India’s Parle-G biscuits were the world’s No. 1 selling biscuits in terms of tonnage.
People expected fat free milk will become a hit with Indians as a “healthy” alternative. Indians trashed the notion.
There were no plastic bags in India before 1985
India consumes about half of the world’s whiskey.