Proud to be an Indian

  • The number of companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, at more than 6,000, is second only to NYSE.   
  • Four out of 10 Silicon Valley start ups are run by Indians.   
  • With 800 movies per year , India ’s film industry overshadows Hollywood .   
  • The organized lottery market in India is US$7bn (2% of GDP)   
  • India consumes a fifth of the world’s gold output.   
  • Indians account for 45% of H1-B visas issued by the US every year   
  • Growing at 6%, in 25 years Indian GDP(on a PPP basis) will be at the same level the US is at today   
  • Six Indian ladies have won Miss Universe/Miss World titles over the past 10 years.   
  • Bank deposits in India roughly equal 50% of its GDP C again, among the highest in the world.   
  • Indian Railways is the largest railway network in the world under single management   
  • India has the third largest army in the world, nearly 1.5 million strong.   
  • India is the largest producer and consumer of tea in the world, accounting for more than 30% of global production and 25% of consumption.   
  • India is the world’s premier center for diamond cutting and polishing. Nine out of every 10 stones sold in the world pass through India .   
  • India has the highest number of annual bulk drugs filings (77) with US FDA.   
  • India is home to the largest number of pharmaceutical plants (61) approved by US FDA outside the US .   
  • India’s Hero Honda is the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, with 2002 production of 1.7m units. 
  • Other than US and Japan , India is the only country to have built a super computer indigenously.   
  • Indian Railways is the largest employer in the world, with a staff of 1.6 million people.   
  • India is the second largest cement producing country in the world, producing more than 110 m tones.   
  • Of the fortune 500 companies, 220 outsource their software-related work to India .  
  • There are 8,500 Indian restaurants in the U.K.15% of the country’s total dining-out establishments.   
  • India is the largest democracy in the world, with nearly 400m voting in the last national elections.   
  • India has the second-largest pool of scientists and engineers in the world.   
  • India has the third largest investor base in the world  
  • According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds.   
  • The Kumbh Mela festival, held every 21 years in the city of Allahabad , attracts 25 million people CE more than the population of 185 of the 227 countries in the world.   
  • The Indian city of Varanasi , also known as Benares , is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world today.   
  • There are 3.22 million Indians in the US .   
  • Indians are the richest immigrant class in the US , with nearly 200,000 millionaires.   
  • India is ranked the sixth country in the world in terms of satellite launches.   
  • There are over 70,000 bank branches in India – among the highest in the world.

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