India is the only country in the world which has both tigers and lions in the wild.
India has classified dolphins as “non-human persons” (due to the animal, er, the non-human’s near human intelligence) and has ordered their release from captivity.
Despite having a majority of Hindus, India has more mosques than any other nation in the world.
India has the world’s largest school in terms of pupils, the City Montessori School, which has nearly 45 thousand pupils.
Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun before any other astronomer. He said that the earth took 365.258756484 days.
Varanasi is Asia’s oldest continuously inhabited city.
Only Africa is ahead of India in terms of linguistic, genetic and cultural diversity. And Africa is a continent.
India was the first country in the world to produce steel.
The first reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Gujarat by, no, not Narendra Modi, but by the Saka king Rudradaman I.
Rabindranath Tagore has written the national anthems of India andBangladesh (Jan Gana Man and Amar Sonar Bangla).
Veterinary science was developed in India.
Indian Railways employs over 1 million people. That’s more than the entire population of many nations.
The world’s largest film studio is Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad.
Indians developed the largest measure of time, known as kalpa, which is nearly 25 billion years.
Cricket may be a religion now, but India has won 6 gold medals in field hockeyback to back at the Olympics and a total of 8 golds. Talk about domination. A nation losing 5-0 to India was considered brilliant.
India is one of the few places which has fused religion and science. In Hindusim, there is a God of engineers and architects, Vishwakarma. In India, whenever a section of a bridge or building is completed, He is worshipped.
India has 3 biodiversity hotspots, no other country, or even continent exceptBrazil and Indonesia have more than 2.
India’s economic rise since the 90’s has been meteoric. India’s share of World GDP was earlier 33%, and then fell to 3% during the British Raj.
India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailandand Indonesia.
The India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final match in Mohali drew 150 million viewers worldwide.
Once a person becomes a Hindu Sadhu, he becomes legally dead and can therefore, can ride trains for free.
Dead Man Walking
Cotton was domesticated in India.
India in Chinese is pronounced as Yindu (“印度”).
The Grand Anicut Dam of the state of Tamil Nadu was built over 2000 years ago and is still standing.
In Madhya Pradesh, policemen are given a rise in their salaries if they grow a moustache.
The policemen in the above picture are not from M.P.
India has a better voter turnout than the United States of America.
In Rajasthan, the body hair of a camel is often cut or trimmed in festivals ormelas (fairs) to give them an attractive look.
Some may have a misconception that huge dinosaurs never roamed India butBruhathkayosaurus, 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 the world’s second largest stadium by seating capacity, the Salt Lake Stadium. (The largest is said to be one in North Korea, its my personal opinion but I don’t think that their regime’s figures can be trusted.)
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond is a famous diamond which was mined in India and is currently a part of the British Imperial Crown, but what many don’t know is thatThe Hope Diamond, which has been touted as the world’s most famous diamond was also mined in India.
All the ten stores or outlets which sold the most amount of pizzas, are in India.
George Orwell, the writer of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm was born in Motihari, in the Indian state of Bihar.
Captain Nemo (Prince Dakkar), the famous character of Twenty ThousandLeagues Under The Sea, is the son of the Hindu Raja of Bundelkhand.
His famous ship, The Nautilus (See the Shiv Linga on the top).
V.K. Krishna Menon was once described as India’s second most powerful man, second only to the Prime Minister. He was a seasoned diplomat. in 1957, Mr. Menon delivered an eight hour speech defending India’s stance on Kashmir at the United Nations. This is the longest speech ever in the UN.
Such is the size of Mumbai, that if the Pakistani administration ever had the suicidal thought of nuking South Bombay with their biggest bomb, the immediate damage would not be felt in the suburbs (although radiation would still do a lot of damage).
The Mahabharata is the world’s longest epic. Its length is ten times more than that of the Illiad and the Odyssey combined and is much longer than any other religious text or epic.
The world’s first recorded manhunt was launched for a pirate, Henry Every, after he destroyed a Mughal ship, the Ganj-i-Sawai, by the British East India Company after they were defeated and imprisoned by the Mughal Emperor Abul Muzaffar Muhi-ud-Din Mohammed Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb was the world’s richest and most powerful ruler while he lived. This holds true for nearly all of India’s emperors.