21 Interesting Facts about India & Indians you should know
Read 21 Interesting Facts about India & Indians that you probably did not know. These facts about Indian history & traditions will make you a proud Indian
India is not a country that leaves you indifferent. As they say, you either fall in love or hate her. I think it is a country that requires time, information, and the desire for adventure. After spending almost 24 years here, I loved it. I don't think the culture shock that India causes is caused by many more countries in the world, at least not at that level. For this reason, if you decide to discover it, the longer you can be there the better. You will need time to adapt and digest everything you are going to experience. At the moment I leave you a few of its peculiarities:
- India is the largest democracy in the world and the second-most populous country with more than 1.2 billion inhabitants. It is estimated that in 2021 it will be the most inhabited, surpassing China.
- It is the seventh-largest country in the world, it has 28 States of various sizes. Only the State of Rajasthan, for example, is almost as large as Germany.
- It is frequent to meet Sadhus. Nomadic monks who always carry their few possessions and travel in search of enlightenment. They have quite a few freedoms, including smoking pot or free travel on the train.
- The cow is a sacred animal in India so it is forbidden to slaughter them. Often times, they live freely throughout the country, even in cities, and they are frequently found everywhere, including at train stations. (Some joke that the country's map is shaped like a cow's face.)
- Chess, algebra, and trigonometry have their origin in India.
- Also, 4 religions have been born in India: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.
- In addition to Yoga, which is calculated to have existed for 5000 years.
- Many people get confused calling Hindus when they want to refer to the inhabitants of India, to the Indians. Hindu is for the practitioner of the Hindu religion (Hinduism) and in India, there are many religions.
- According to Hindu literature, there are more than 330 million divinities. The most important are Brahma (Creation), Vishnu (preservation), and Shiva (destruction).
- If you travel through India you will rarely have any type of relationship with Indian women. Most of them are very traditional so it will be difficult to even strike up the most innocent of conversations. Although in most modern cities it is different.
- It is estimated that there are between 5 or 6 million Hijras or people of the third sex, they are apparently men who dress as women but they do not consider either one or the other. There are campaigns underway for their gender to be officially recognized.
- The Ganges River is a river considered sacred, and if you go, for example, to the city of Varanasi you will see how the Hindus burn their deceased on the banks of the river. Then they throw the ashes, or what remains of the body, into the river.
- Indian Railways (the railway company) has more than 1.6 million employees, making it one of the busiest companies in the world. India is also the 4th country in the number of Km of railway tracks (after the USA, Russia, and China).
- There are more than 300,000 mosques in India. More than in any other country. 13% of Indians are Muslim, so India is the third most Muslim country in the world (after Indonesia and Pakistan).
- The spiritual leader of Tibet, Dalai Lama, has lived in exile, since the 1950s, with a large community of Tibetans in northern India, in Dharamsala.
- The Kumbh Mela is a huge Hindu festival that takes place every 12 years. In 2001, between 60 and 70 million people gathered in the same city to celebrate it.
- The king, and almost unique, sport is Cricket. A sport in which matches can last from a few hours to a few days.
- In India, there is the second-largest community of programmers after the USA.
- More than 2 million US residents are from India. Many of them standout entrepreneurs or computer scientists, such as the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, the creator of the Pentium Chip, the creator of Hotmail, and the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. CEO's of Google & Microsoft are also Indians.
- India and China, two of the oldest civilizations in the world, have coexisted in peace for thousands of years. However, since the 1950s they have had several disputes although today they are having relationships again, especially commercial ones. China has been more allied with Pakistan (which is always in trouble with India) and India with the US. Today there is no open border crossing between the two countries.
- Hindi and English are the official languages of India although 22 more languages are also recognized.
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