Facts About India

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Did you know that India …

  • Is among the few countries to have sent their own satellites into space. India has more than 10 satellites in space.
  • Also launched its own satellite launch vehicles, used by other countries to launch their satellites.
  • Is a globally acknowledged software power and leader in the knowledge based economy.
    Has one of the largest number of software engineers in the world
  • Ranks 1st in the cutting, processing and manufacturing of gems and jewellery
  • Ranks 1st in the diamond cutting and polishing trade
  • Largest manufacturer of tractors and leather goods.
  • 2nd largest producer of vegetables and fruits.
  • 2nd largest producer of milk, butter, mango, tea, raw sugar, jute, coconut, cashew, rice, groundnuts, beet, and tobacco..
  • Second largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters.
  • Third largest producer of wheat.
  • Fourth largest producer of natural rubber.
  • Fourth largest producer of cement.
  • Has the world’s largest postal network.
  • Has the world’s largest rail network: Indian Railways is the world’s single largest employer.
  • Has the oldest film industry and produces the maximum number of films in the world.
  • Has given the world 7 Noble Laureates: Rabindranath Tagore ~ Literature (1913),
    Dr C.V. Raman ~ Physics (1968), Mother Teresa ~ Peace (1979), Dr Amartya Sen ~Economics (1998); Dr Hargobind Khurana ~Genetics (1968), Dr S. Chandrashekar ~Astrophysics (1983), Sir V.S. Naipul ~ Literature (2001)
  • Inventor of Hotmail (Sabeer Bhatia) and the Pentium chip (Vinod Dham) are both persons of Indian origin.
National Flag of India

National Flag of India

The Saffron stands for courage and sacrifice and the spirit of renunctiation.

The White is meant for purity and truth.

The Green is for faith and fertility.

The Navy Blue Wheel denotes the continuity of the nation’s progress which is deemed to be as boundless as the blue sky.

India has:

  • 325 spoken languages and 1652 dialects
  • 18 official languages
  • 29 states and 5 union territories
  • 328 million sq Km area
  • 7516 kilometers coastline
  • 1,147,995,904 people
  • Parliamentary form of Government
  • World’s largest democracy (56 yr old)
  • Fourth largest economy in the world
  • Fastest growing IT Super Power
  • Indian Railways are the biggest employer

INDIA’s NATIONAL EMBLEM

The National Emblem of India is a replica of the Lion of Sarnath, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The Lion Capital was erected in the third century BC by Emperor Ashoka to mark the spot where Buddha first proclaimed his gospel of peace and emancipation to the four quarters of the universe. The National emblem is thus symbolic of contemporary India’s reaffirmation of its ancient commitment to world peace and goodwill.

The four lions (one hidden from view) – symbolizing power, courage and confidence – rest on a circular abacus. The abacus is girded by four smaller animals – guardians of the four directions: the lion of the north, the elephant of the east, the horse of the south and the bull of the west. The abacus rests on a lotus in full bloom, exemplifying the fountainhead of life and creative inspiration. The motto ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed below the emblem in Devanagari script means ‘truth alone triumphs’.

Emblem

Indian Emblem