15 little known facts about India


The Indian economy is finally overcoming some of the obstacles that have traditionally been cumbersome to growth and today, India’s economic growth rate is among the fastest in the world, based largely on a flair for information technology and knowledge-based industries. As a result, India is providing an IT workforce for high tech companies around the world and is gradually on the path to becoming the “knowledge center” for the global technology economy.

Most of us know this, but here are 15 facts that you may not know. These facts are as of December 06, so some of them might have changed, especially number 6. If you have recent information, leave a comment and I will add it to the list:

  1. India is one of only three countries that makes supercomputers (the US and Japan are the other two).
  2. India is one of six countries that launches satellites.
  3. The Bombay stock exchange lists more than 6,600 companies. Only the NYSE has more.
  4. Eight Indian companies are listed on the NYSE; three on the NASDAQ.
  5. By volume of pills produced, the Indian pharmaceutical industry is the world’s second largest after China.
  6. India has the second largest community of software developers, after the U.S.
  7. India has the second largest network of paved highways, after the U.S.
  8. India is the world’s largest producer of milk, and among the top five producers of sugar, cotton, tea, coffee, spices, rubber, silk, and fish.
  9. 100 of the Fortune 500 companies have R&D facilities in India.
  10. Two million people of Indian origin live in the U.S.
  11. Indian-born Americans are among the most affluent and best educated of the recent immigrant groups in the U.S.
  12. Thirty percent of the R&D researchers in American pharmaceutical companies are Indian Americans.
  13. Nearly 49% of the high-tech startups in silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. are owned by Indians or Indian-Americans.
  14. India sends more students to U.S. colleges than any country in the world. In 2004-2005, over 80,000 Indian students entered the U.S. China sent only 65,000 students during the same time.
  15. In a case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, an Indian-American woman scientist, Dr. Ananda Chakrabaty, won the argument that persons may be granted patents for useful manufacture of living organisms. She defeated the U.S. Patent Office, that argued that living things may not be patented, thus establishing the legal foundation for the biotech industry, (Diamond vs. Chakrabaty, 1980). Dr. Chakrabaty invented a microbe that eats oil spills.

Did you know these facts about India ?

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  2. Kuldeep Singh says

    Really Amazing !!!!!!
    When I Read These Lines I’m So Proud i’m an INDIAN.

    1. Rob Gronkowski says

      Things your people have done, have absolutely no attachment to your own accomplishments. Be proud for the little YOU have done, you didn’t have anything to do with what India did.

  3. Shalu Sharma says

    Interesting set of facts here. Very impressive.

  4. James Dean says

    Indians are also richest community in all ethnic communities in usa.

  5. Deeno says

    In the next three years, up to 25% of the world’s new workers will be Indian.

  6. GV says

    Its sad to see our own people dont take pride in our country. People who doubt these, Ask yourself how are you contributing to the progress and growth of this country? Some one has taken the pains to accumulate these facts and put them up for your information, instead of thanking you guys are ready to RIP apart them. Its thanks to such unintelligent ppl who keep badgering we are still comparing ourselves with US.

    Agree with Gargi, why should be compare ourselves with any country. We are in a league of our own. We have the most difficult democracy, its a very difficult country to run with coalition governments. Despite all the hardships and all the issues (poverty, unemployment, debts, recession, inflation) we have managed to bring us back from the dumps the ENGLISH put us in. We should be PROUD of it.

    Reminds me of John F Kennedy’s words in his inaugral speech ” Ask not what your country can do for you—Ask what YOU can do for your country”

    “My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together can we do for the freedom of man”

    Very noble thought ….I wish our Politicians thought on the same lines.

    Despite all her faults….INDIA is a beautiful country…..An amazing nation…..Multilingual, ppl of different caste and creed. This is the ONLY nation that allows all religions to flourish independently.

    I come from a family of freedom fighters and having heard stories of the fight for freedom, we should be thankful for being FREE.

    We were are BORN INDIANS…..BORN FREE.

  7. parthiv says

    are there any other facts that you can give us about Indian scholars , amazing men and Indian CEO’S

  8. Pradip Ray says

    Dr Anada Chakravarty was a male

  9. Tom says

    India is truly a great country..only the people are pathetic

    1. Gage says

      ive been to india dont talk about my people like that

  10. Sachin Rajput says

    suno gaur se duniyaa waalon buri nazar naa humpe daalo.
    chaahe jitnaa zor lagaa lo sabse aage honge hindustaani.
    suno gaur se duniya…

    1. Abu Asad says

      Thanks for the post . I heard about manufacturing of living organism and feeling proud for the women Dr. Chakraborty who born in our sub-continent.

      1. Romi says

        Dr. Ananda Chakrabarty is a male!

        No. 15 needs correction.

  11. sourabh das says


  12. sai dhamodaran says

    I didnt know these awesome facts about india…thanks for sharing :)

  13. Gargi says

    Nice article, but I wonder why India is compared to the US for most of the time. Except for the first point, all of the points refer to the US. I wonder if US is that important a nation when there are many other nations which are far more culturally, ethically and even technologically developed.

  14. suman says

    One more fact abt INDIA
    #16 : India has the highest number of corrupt politicians in the WORLD.

  15. Mukul Espresso says

    hmmmm quite interesting.

  16. Ashima Topno says

    its so cool.

  17. Sourabh Jain says

    gud 1

  18. Aji Cherian says


  19. deva says

    i love my country

  20. Arjun Panchal says


  21. Prashant Prasad says


  22. Harit Saini says

    Do you know these facts about India?

  23. Rakesh Don says

    awesome. wann know more.

  24. Ranjit Patel says

    omg,…….. I didn't even thot of the most of dem,…….. really PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN.

  25. Nitin Singh says

    jai…….. hooooo…………..

  26. Nitin Singh says

    its….. very good to know. proud to be an indian.

  27. Jithesh Pandian says

    Wow Great India……Be proud to be an Indian.

  28. Neha Thakur says

    o lalalalalla

  29. Avirup Chakraborty says

    gr8! feeling proud once again.

  30. Nishanth Narayan says

    Incredible India

  31. Arshel Azad says

    M proud 2 b an INDIAN.

  32. Geetanshu Jindal says

    jai ho….. india is the best.

  33. Yuganshu Trivedi says

    incredible india

  34. Sanjana Sen Sarma says

    koollll! realllyyyyyyyyyy incredeble india.

  35. Poornam Suman says

    good information

  36. Shraddha Singhi says

    hello sir
    Can you please let me know the source of these information.
    I need to know , its too urgent.

  37. Ashish Rohilla says

    Jai hind

  38. ashita says

    It just simply proves INDIA to be an overdeveloped country …. slaming it on the faces of the ones who claim it to be “underdevelpoed”…

  39. Gurvinder Singh says

    omg,…….. I didn't even thot of the most of dem,…….. really PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN.

  40. Ranjith Sunchu says

    Outstanding facts all the country members and the whole world should know.

    1. Ranjith Sunchu says

      Jus watch it and see how u be proud of india

  41. Najeeb Mehboob says

    Nice work Pal,
    Keep it Up.

  42. Hamd Saifi says


  43. Aliasgar Bharmal says

    nice work…

  44. Ashveer Singh212 says

    indians are tops.my name is Ashveer Singh and i am PROUD to be INDIAN:-]

  45. Kunal Chopra says

    proud to be a indian.

  46. Sapparam Shilpa Ramakrishna says

    east or west INDIA is the best….. proud to be an indian….

  47. Anil Nani says

    proud to be an INDIAN.

  48. Thirivikrama Srinivasan says

    in ancient days India was flourishing, though she is making good progress now.

  49. Shanta Adak says

    hothat fb te knowledge dite suru korla je?

  50. Sonali Nahata says

    Dr. Ananda Chakrabarty is a male scientist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananda_Mohan_Chakrabarty.

    1. Gurvinder Singh says

      yupp.. u r ryt

  51. Dheeraj says

    Very nice facts I am proud to be Indian!!!!!

  52. Sajini Hannu says

    VANDEMATHARAM jai hind pround to be an Indian's.

  53. v says

    We wipe our butts with our hands. Be proud, don’t deny it. Westerns use toilet paper sure, but leave smelly poop and paper on their butts. Its so nasty.

  54. Abhishek Chandrabodhi says

    east or west INDIA is the best….. proud to be an indian….

  55. Ramkhi Ande A says

    yes..we are proud to be as indians……..

  56. Shahbaz Shaikh says

    I proud to be an indian.

  57. DurgaVenkatesh Sankarapu says

    Proud to be an Indian.

  58. DurgaVenkatesh Sankarapu says

    Proud to be an Indian.

  59. DurgaVenkatesh Sankarapu says

    Proud to be an Indian.

  60. DurgaVenkatesh Sankarapu says

    Proud to be an Indian.

  61. DurgaVenkatesh Sankarapu says

    Proud to be an Indian.

  62. DurgaVenkatesh Sankarapu says

    Proud to be an Indian.

  63. DurgaVenkatesh Sankarapu says

    Proud to be an Indian.

  64. Reena Verma says

    I salute INDIA. Proud to be an INDIAN.

  65. Sudipto says

    Vinod Dham is the creator of pentium chip.

  66. unknowngirl says

    This is very helpful, you did a great job!
    I find it dis-respectful and rude for someone to be saying that Indians need help speaking English; more rude to use “real bad!”. No. You don’t say that, but just stop hating. Indians are good and bad. East or west, but India’s the best. Know it! (:

    – unknown & proud Indian girl

  67. albert says

    I am so glad to know the achievement of Ananda Chakraborty. It takes a greater courage to defeat a strong background country to defeat.

  68. Arun says

    Chak de INDIA

  69. abdul says

    India is was great.
    Indian is great.
    India will remain great
    no one can change this fact

  70. Udaya Ravi says

    Quite intresting & innovative..

    Good luck..

  71. Pawan kumar says

    I would like to discus about education factor and students. India send 80000 students to US because there is no college or University in India which ranks World’s top 25. Only IIT Bombay ranks 26 in world top 100. In top 10 University of the world China have 3 university. China provide good education facilities so the no. of students are less. But India is trying to provide. One more thing is the world’s second fastest super computer is made by China. Indian politicians are responsible for our slow growth…
    Thanks for reading, I would like to rcv comments for this
    Pawan Kumar

    1. Gurvinder singh says

      wat u said about politicians is a truth, but in case of education, we have made tremendous acheivements, u do knw wat we where we stand if u look 60 years back so if a college ranks 26th its really great achievement and moreover we people dont take stand against dese politicians, we all think about ourselves as do dey, we give dem bribes even if dey dnt demand bcoz we want our work to be placed at the top spot. now-a-days people are getting education, the upcoming generation thinks what to do before doing it but in old days people just did what dey wanted or needed.
      hope u’ll reply and we’ll hve a chat on dis

  72. Aniket Sengar says

    Fact 17: Indians need English lessons real bad. Yes, that means you -> (above).

  73. Suresh says

    I have some evidence that these 15 facts are falls. First of all Can anybody tell me even one name or number of any semiconductor like ic,diod,transistor act. Please tell me which processor does india made for it’s supercomputer even india don’t made any pc,stop to disgaied to us.this game is running from our independence.i wonder that how people belived this without any practical investigation if someone realy wants to know facts of our country,please contact me i will tell allthings in detail. Thanks

    1. HARRY says

      India’s First Supercomputer was PARAM 8000. PARAM stood for Parallel Machine. The computer was developed by the government run Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in 1991. The PARAM 8000 was introduced in 1991 with a rating of 1 Gigaflop (billion floating point operations per second).

      All the chips and other elements that were used in making of PARAM were bought from the open domestic market. The various components developed and used in the PARAM series were Sun UltraSPARC II, later IBM POWER 4 processors, Ethernet, and the AIX Operating System. The major applications of PARAM Supercomputer are in long-range weather forecasting, remote sensing, drug design and molecular modelling.

  74. samir says

    India is the second largest user of mobile phones as per website of UK http://www.3g.co.uk/.

    India is the Asia’s largest consumer of Outsourcing as per website http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/08/09/India-largest-consumer-of-outsourcing_1.html.

  75. rahul says

    India also have world fastest missile >

  76. NINA says

    I’m Algerian,I’m a teacher of English. I want to make a fact file about India for my pupils. Could you help me please? (pictures,information about culture,people,nature,weather,trdition, food,gastronomy….)

    1. Udaya Ravi says

      Hi Nina,

      Was very impressed & attracted towards your intentions of developing the fact file.

      I shall be more than pleased in helping you & any one with similar intentions.

      Please share your mail ID or catch me @ [email protected]

      Thanks & regards,
      Proud Indian!!

      Udaya Ravi

  77. sachin says

    well about fact no 15, ananda chakrabarty is a man.
    for more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananda_Mohan_Chakrabarty

  78. Parag says

    That was an eye opener for me. These facts were very useful for me, because I needed such hidden facts to help in my GD’s and Extempory to keep up my position above others. But, I would request you to keep on updating these hidden facts and figures continually.

  79. Pragya says

    These 15 facts add to my pride of being an Indian…….

    Pragya Aggarwal
    Equity Research Analyst

  80. Gupta Lakanow says

    #16. Indians make good curry.

  81. Sheetal Guliani says

    Thats quite interesting, good stuff from you guyz.

  82. trakin says

    Thanks Edward for the comment. Yes these are some of the facts. Indians are the largest population who have H1B and L1 Visas.

    1. vaishnavi says

      Did you know that “Our national anthem has been declared as the best national anthem in the world by UNESCO”???

      Be proud to be an indian!!!

  83. Edward says

    I think Fact # 16 should be that majority of the H1-B Visas issued in the U.S. are to Indian Nationals with the sponsoring companies being Indian Outsourcing firms.

    Fact #17 could be majority of the L-1-Visas issued in the U.S. are to Indian Nationals with the sponsoring companies being Indian Outsourcing firms.



  84. Mesmerized says

    Nope i didnt know most these … Facts about India….. There’s so much to learn .. Thanks for the information again!

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