25 Incredible And Unbelievable Insights Into India And Its People

India is a land of contrasts. On the one hand it is home to more slaves than any nation (or even the entire world) has ever had in history. On the other hand it is a land with extremely wealthy Bollywood stars who live lavish lifestyles in Indian resort towns. It is home to the desolate and snowy peaks of the Himalayas while at the same time harboring dry deserts that border Pakistan and the deep jungles that border Burma. India is home to nearly ever conceivable environment and every conceivable lifestyle with a diverse society. But with more cell phones then toilets and some special incentives for mustaches, here are 25 incredible and unbelievable insights into India and its people!

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To start with, India is by far the world's largest democracy with over 1.2 billion people

To start with, India is by far the world's largest democracy with over 1.2 billion peopleSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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It is illegal to take Indian rupees out of India

It is illegal to take Indian rupees out of IndiaSource: lonelyplanet.com, Image: wikipedia
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Breathing the air in the Indian city of Mumbai for just 1 day is the same as smoking 100 cigarettes.

Breathing the air in the Indian city of Mumbai for just 1 day is the same as smoking 100 cigarettes.Source: indiatimes.com, Image: wikipedia
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The world's biggest recorded nuclear family is in India. Ziona Chana lives with 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren in the state of Mizoram

The world's biggest recorded nuclear family is in India. Ziona Chana lives with 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren in the state of MizoramSource: dailymail.co.uk
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Police in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are given bonuses for growing mustaches because their commanding officers think it make them command more respect

Police in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are given bonuses for growing mustaches because their commanding officers think it make them command more respectSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
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India has the lowest meat consumption per person in the world

India has the lowest meat consumption per person in the worldSource: huffingtonpost.com, Image: wikipedia
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There are more mobile phones in India than there are toilets

There are more mobile phones in India than there are toiletsSource: telegraph.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
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In the state of West Bengal cows are required to have photo ID cards

In the state of West Bengal cows are required to have photo ID cardsSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
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As a result of dowry related crimes 1 woman dies in India every hour

As a result of dowry related crimes 1 woman dies in India every hourSource: huffintonpost.com, Image: wikipedia
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Dowry is the price that a woman's family must pay the man's family for her to get married. Like the caste system, it is illegal now but still happens quite often, especially in rural areas

Dowry is the price that a woman's family must pay the man's family for her to get married. Like the caste system, it is illegal now but still happens quite often, especially in rural areasSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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70% of all the world's spices come from India

70% of all the world's spices come from IndiaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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India currently has the largest slave population of any country in history with over 14 million.

India currently has the largest slave population of any country in history with over 14 million.Source: newsweek, Image: wikipedia
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The average person in India has to work nearly 6 hours to afford a Big Mac

The average person in India has to work nearly 6 hours to afford a Big MacSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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More people live in India than in the entire Western Hemisphere (North and South America)

More people live in India than in the entire Western Hemisphere (North and South America)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Love Commandos is a group that provides protection to couples from different castes who fall in love (these couples can often be killed by family members or other villagers for being a disgrace)

Love Commandos is a group that provides protection to couples from different castes who fall in love (these couples can often be killed by family members or other villagers for being a disgrace)Source: lovecommandos.org, Image: pixabay
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Although Beijing's pollution problem is better known, New Delhi is actually the most polluted city on Earth

Although Beijing's pollution problem is better known, New Delhi is actually the most polluted city on EarthSource: nytimes, Image: wikipedia
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One in three malnourished children on Earth live in India

One in three malnourished children on Earth live in IndiaSource: UNICEF, Image: wikipedia
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Some drugs that cost tens of thousands of dollars in the US cost only a few thousand in India because they can't be patented there e.g. Gleevec.

Some drugs that cost tens of thousands of dollars in the US cost only a few thousand in India because they can't be patented there e.g. Gleevec. Big Pharma hates this.Source: theatlantic.com, Image: wikipedia
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India is one of few countries (along with Canada, Russia, Israel, and Mexico) that have braille on their bank notes for the visually impaired

India is one of few countries (along with Canada, Russia, Israel, and Mexico) that have braille on their bank notes for the visually impairedSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

If you think that’s interesting, have you seen Braille on a globe?

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Up to half a million girls are aborted every year in India solely because they are female

Up to half a million girls are aborted every year in India solely because they are femaleSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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There is a tribe in India that celebrates death and grieves birth (the Satiyaa community)

There is a tribe in India that celebrates death and grieves birth (the Satiyaa community)Source: dnaindia.com
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By 2050 India is expected to be the world's most populous country with more than 1.6 billion people. By some estimates it will have as many people as the US and China combined.

By 2050 India is expected to be the world's most populous country with more than 1.6 billion people. By some estimates it will have as many people as the US and China combined.Source: wikipedia, Image: Simply CVR via Flickr
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Housewives in India own roughly 11% of the gold on Earth. That is more than the reserves of Switzerland, the US, Germany, and the IMF combined!

Housewives in India own roughly 11% of the gold on Earth. That is more than the reserves of Switzerland, the US, Germany, and the IMF combined!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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New Moore was a sandbar discovered in the Bay of Bengal by American satellites. Shortly afterwards, India and Bangladesh began to fight over it thinking there might be oil. The fight was resolved by climate change...the sea level rose and swallowed up the sandbar

New Moore was a sandbar discovered in the Bay of Bengal by American satellites. Shortly afterwards, India and Bangladesh began to fight over thinking there might be oil. The fight was resolved by global warming...the sea level rose and swallowed up the sandbarSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The Kumbh Mela festival in India draws 100 million people annually. This is the largest gathering of people in the world.

The Kumbh Mela festival in India draws 100 million people annually. This is the largest gathering of people in the worldSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia


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