Corruption at its peak! The educated rendered unemployed! Clashes in the name of religion! Orthodox traditions prevalent!... Unfortunately, these unpleasant facts have become attached with one of the highly glorious nations– INDIA. Every morning, a fresh set of such alarming headlines welcome us at our breakfast table. But…
Today, we bring to you a different face of India, becoming acquainted with which you would not remorse on being an Indian. Rather, your heart would be filled with pride and beat instantly with the rhythms of– Yeh Mera India; I love my India…
The role of ancient India in nourishing the world is universally evident. Its contribution in furnishing a strong base of knowledge for the world with her distinguished intellect, inventions/discoveries, rich culture, and values is an endless saga. Truly speaking, had India not provided this foundation, it would have been impossible for the world to tread the road of success and progress.
But, the past has passed. The role of India in the present-day world is of more concern. Sometime back, a conference was held. In that, one of the participants, a patriot, started narrating the great contributions of ancient India to the world. Immediately then, another person stood up. Only superficially Indian, his mind and brain were all coloured in the shades of the West. He shot a sarcastic remark– “Why do you always play the same old, stale tunes? Do you have anything new to credit to your being an Indian?” The other person could not reciprocate and remained silent.
So that, in the future, this incident is not repeated and every Indian can flood unbeatable answers in reply to such taunting remarks, we are presenting here some facts and figures. These startling facts themselves speak how even today, India is nourishing the whole world with her rich calibre and unmatched potential…
What you know… It is the leading hi-tech hub in Northern California, United States, comprising of the world's best engineers and top-notch venture capitalists.
What you don't know… Every 4 out of its 10 start-ups are run by Indians!
What you know… It is an annual list compiled by Fortune magazine. In this list, the top 500 U.S. closely held and public corporations are ranked by their gross revenue.
What you don't know… Of the Fortune 500 companies, 220 companies outsource their software-related work to India.
What you know… An agency of the United States government, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is responsible for the nation's public space program. NASA has been playing a commendable role in space exploration since its inception. Its huge list of achievements includes– the Apollo missions to the Moon, the Skylab space station, the Space Shuttle, etc.
What you don't know… 36% of NASA employees are Indians.
What you know… Microsoft Corporation is a US-based multinational computer technology corporation. It develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices.
What you don't know… 34% of MICROSOFT employees are Indians.
What you know… International Business Machines Corporation is the world's largest computer company and systems integrator. Its performance in the field of computer hardware, software, IT service management is unmatched.
What you don't know… 28% of IBM employees are Indians.
What you know… Intel is the world's largest semiconductor chip maker. The company is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, which are configured in most of the personal computers. Well-known and much-opted for Pentium processors were also introduced by INTEL.
What you don't know… 17% of INTEL employees are Indians.
What you don't know… India has the third-largest army in the world, nearly 1.5 million strong.
What you don't know… India has the second-largest pool of scientists and engineers in the world. 12% of the scientists in America are Indians.
What you don't know… Pooling in their rich experience and knowledge, 38% of doctors in America are Indians.
What you don't know… There is absolutely no match with India's calibre in fabricating diamond jewellery. India is the world's premier centre for diamond cutting and polishing. Nine out of every 10 diamonds sold in the world pass through the skilful hands of Indians.
What you don't know… Indian Railways is the largest railway network in the world under single management.
What you don't know… India is the second-largest cement-producing country in the world, producing more than 110m tonnes.
What you don't know… India is the largest democracy in the world, with nearly 400m voters in the last national elections.
What you don't know… In the field of launching space satellites, among the leading nations of the world, India ranks 6th.
What you don't know… India is the second fastest growing economy in the world. With more than 70,000 bank branches, India leads the world in the area of banking.
The list of such facts is endless… and it will continue to grow…
So, after coming across all these facts, aren't your hearts filled with pride? Certainly, the blessings of our great seers and sages are still alive in the soil of India. These blessings have always been nurturing our nation and will keep our Great India alive in its full zeal and spirit…
Always feel proud to be an Indian.