Did you know that…

… with 1.2 billion, India has the second biggest population in the world, expected to surpass China by 2025?

… India has the deadliest road traffic in the world? As per the WHO’s global status report on road safety, India tops the global list of deaths in road accidents with 125,000 fatalities and at least 2.2 million serious injuries each year.

… the Indian railway is the biggest employer in the world with 1.6 million employees? The network transports more than 9 billion people per year.

… the value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem.

… Bollywood, India’s film industry is the biggest in the world? An average of 900 films are produced annually in India with around 3.7 million movie tickets sold in 2006 alone. Bollywood stars can attein near god-like status in India.

… in a country that has its first woman, Pratibha Patil, sworn in as President of India in 2007, only 10% of women are parliamentary members?

… the average cost of a big city wedding amounts to US$ 12,500, whereas the average annual income is US$ 997?

… human-rights groups believe India has at least 50 million (not the Indian government’s estimation of 12.6 million) full-time child labourers? That’s the highest rate in the world.

… although roughly 1/3 of India’s population subsists on less than US$ 1 per day, the country has the world’s fastest growing number of US-millionaires; an estimated 125,000 in 2008.

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