India is a South Asian and Largest country by area. It is the second largest by population and most populous democracy in the world. Other facts such as home of Indus Valley Civilization, region of historic trade routes and vast empires, commercial and cultural centre etc.
India got its independence from British Rule on August 15th, 1947.
The four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated there, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium CE and shaped the region’s diversity.
Agriculture is not only the dominant occupation in India but also one of the main source of economic stability.
Some most interesting facts about India that you didn’t know:
India is second-largest English speaking country in the world:
India stands second after the USA when it comes to speaking English with around 125 million people speaking the English language, which is only 10% of our population. This is expected to grow by quite a margin in the coming years.
The first rocket in India was transported on a cycle:
The first rocket was so light and small that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Science day in Switzerland is dedicated to Ex-Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam:
The father of India’s missile programme had visited Switzerland back in 2006. After his arrival, Switzerland declared May 26th as Science Day.
Water on the moon was discovered by India:
In September 2009, India’s ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.
The Indian national Kabaddi team had won all World Cups:
India has won all 5 men’s Kabaddi World Cups held till now and have been undefeated throughout these tournaments. The Indian women’s team has also won all Kabaddi World Cups held till date.
The highest cricket ground in the world:
At an altitude of 2,444 meters, the Chail Cricket Ground in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, is the highest in the world. It was built in 1893 and is a part of the Chail Military School.
KumbhMela gathering visible from space:
The 2011 Kumbh Mela was the largest gathering of people with over 75 million pilgrims. The gathering was so huge that the crowd was visible from space.
A floating post office:
India has largest postal network in the world with over 1, 55,015 post offices. A single post office on an average serves a population of 7,175 people. The floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar, was inaugurated in August 2011.
Shampooing is an Indian concept:
Shampoo was invented in India, not the commercial liquid ones but the method by use of herbs. The word ‘shampoo’ itself has been derived from the Sanskrit word champu, which means to massage.
The first country to consume sugar is India:
India is the first country to develop extraction and purifying techniques of sugar. Many visitors from abroad learnt the refining and cultivation of sugar from us.
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