India is a magical concoction of the extremes, and it is in every right, a country of contrast, chaos and charm. While the progressive India flaunts modern buildings, the slums speak volumes of the widening gap between the rich and the poor. If the country is on the verge of becoming the next superpower, its population, however, is a matter of deep concern for the economists. Many more facts and trivia lie between the sheets, providing good fodder for the outside world.
Let’s take a short tour of our fascinating country to get to know it better.
25% of people in the global workforce will be Indians in the next two to three years.
30 million people attended The Kumbh Mela, a huge Hindu festival, in Feb 14, 2013, making it the world’s largest human gathering on a single day.
30 million children work, making it the world’s largest child labor force.
1.21 billion people live in India (India is 1/3 the size of the United States), with a child born every 1.25 seconds.
10% of share in the global arms imports makes India the world’s largest arms buyer.
1,550 tigers remain, out of a global population of fewer than 4,000, making India the largest tiger habitat in the world.
156,000 post offices in India; with this India tops the position with the most numbers of post offices in the world.
450 million people live below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day, which means around 42% of the world’s poor live in India.
929.37 million cellphones in India; this also means almost every person in India has a handset, and over 8 million mobile phone connections are added every month.
1.4 million people work for the Indian Railways, making it the largest employer in the world.
22 official languages and 1,652 dialects are spoken in India.
32,719 murders a year and India leads the world with the most murders (Russia is second at 28,904 murders per year).
425 inches is the volume of rain Cherrapunji gets every year, making it the wettest place on earth (Hawaii receives on an average 63 inches of rain and Wales receives 115 inches in a year).
2.4 million is the number of places of worship in India, which exceeds the number of schools (2.1 million).
3 is the position of India in the world economy by 2030.
They say numbers don’t lie, but they don’t convey the entire truth either. However, between these numbers and the specifics, somewhere lies a India that we all love, cherish and miss.