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
It is illegal to take Indian rupees out of India
Breathing the air in the Indian city of Mumbai for just 1 day is the same as smoking 100 cigarettes.
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
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
India has the lowest meat consumption per person in the world
There are more mobile phones in India than there are toilets
In the state of West Bengal cows are required to have photo ID cards
As a result of dowry related crimes 1 woman dies in India every hour
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
70% of all the world's spices come from India
India currently has the largest slave population of any country in history with over 14 million.
The average person in India has to work nearly 6 hours to afford a Big Mac
More people live in India than in the entire Western Hemisphere (North and South America)
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)
Although Beijing's pollution problem is better known, New Delhi is actually the most polluted city on Earth
One in three malnourished children on Earth live in India
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.
India is one of few countries (along with Canada, Russia, Israel, and Mexico) that have braille on their bank notes for the visually impaired
If you think that’s interesting, have you seen Braille on a globe?