85 Diverse Facts About The Land of Spirituality – India

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51Thuggee

The word "thug" comes from Thuggees, who were professional robbers and murderers that terrorized India for 600 years. They were eventually destroyed by the British


52. A man named Ratanlal Maloo created an artificial sanctuary for the migratory Demoiselle Cranes in Rajasthan, India by feeding them every year over a span of 40 years. Their numbers increased from 80, 40 years ago, to 15000 in 2011.


53. In 2015, a bus driver in India took a nap on his bus, only to be awoken to a monkey that had climbed into the driver's cabin and had started the engine. As the driver ran to the cabin, the monkey panicked, shifted gears & jumped out. The bus rammed 2 other buses before the driver regained control.


54. India's Mars mission is cheaper than a Hollywood movie Gravity


55. 60% of mid-size motels and hotels in the US are owned by those of Indian-origin, and of those, 1/3 have the last name 'Patel'; a name used by the educated merchant class in Gujarat, India which means "landowner".


56Indo-Portuguese war

In 1961, India declared a surprise war on Portugal, annexing lands held for 450 years


57. 47% of the population publicly defecates in India, and they can get paid one rupee to use a toilet.


58. There's an Association of Dead People in India, protesting after losing their land to relatives who have corrupt officials declare them dead


59. There is a gang of women (Gulabi gang) in India that go after abusive husbands and fight to stop child marriages.


60. Pot consumption in the form of a milkshake is quite common in India.


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61Indian forest rangers

Forest rangers in an Indian state can kill tiger poachers on sight if they catch them in the act and it won’t be considered a crime.


62. India has been the largest troop contributor to UN missions since its inception


63. An eight year old boy named Amardeep Sada in India is the world's youngest known serial killer. He was charged with the murder of three children, including his sister, who were all less than one year old.


64. All packaged products sold in India have a "maximum retail price" printed on the package by the manufacturer and that it is illegal for a store to charge more than that. India is the only country with this system.


65. The Prime Minister of India's salary is only $2,400 USD


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66Ashik Gavai

A boy named Ashik Gavai had 232 teeth surgically removed, due to having a very rare disease that causes additional teeth to grow in the mouth


67. Back in 1894 the British Government did an inquiry into cannabis use in India, and concluded that "moderate use practically produces no ill effects".


68. In the early 19th century, the East India Company had cut off the hands of hundreds of weavers in Bengal in order to destroy the indigenous weaving industry in favor of British textile imports.


69. A man named Kalyanasundaram in India took up odd part-time jobs so he could donate all his savings and regular income to those in need, every month for 30 years. After he retired as a librarian, he even donated his pension.


70. The Asian brown cloud is a layer of air pollution that appears over South Asia and the Indian Ocean every year between January and March when there is no rain to wash pollutants from the air. Nearly two million people die each year, in India alone, from conditions related to the brown cloud.


71Taxpayers

Only about 1% out of 1.25 billion people in India pay taxes


72. A Indian man named Manpreet Singh stopped growing at the age of six months and at the age of 21 (in 2017) was only 23 inches tall.


73. The disclosure of the sex of the fetus is strictly prohibited under the law in India because of issues with "female foeticide" and the negativity associated with having a female child creates due to the dowry system.


74. In 1981, India launched a satellite that was transported on an ox-cart, with the rocket parts carried on the back of bicycles.


75. India was attacked on 7/11. Bombs were set off on the Suburban Railway in Mumbai, 209 people were killed and over 700 were injured.

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