As India gears up to enter its 67th year of being an independent republic; South Report takes a look at 67 things about the country that will make every citizen proud.

1. Voting Rights

Since the first day of independence, every human of 18 years or more had the right to vote. Imagine, women in the US got the right to vote only in 1920.


2. A thumping democracy

India is the Largest democracy in the world, the 7th largest country in the world and one of the most ancient and living civilizations (at least 10, 000 years old).


3. The Diversity in country

In the past decade we had a muslim President, a sikh Prime Minister and an Italian-born Christian leading the ruling party.


4. The ancient city

Varanasi, also known as Benares, was called “the ancient city” when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C.E, and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.


5. Keeping Calm

India never invaded any country in her last 10,000 years of history.


6. Pharmacy

By volume of pills produced, the Indian pharmaceutical industry is the world’s second largest after China.


7. When there were no emails

India has the maximum number of post offices in the world!


8. Innovation and Information

India’s contribution to scientific research and innovation has been constantly rising since 2000 according to a study. The number of articles published in global science journals by Indians has increased from around 17000 in 2001 to more than 27000 in 2007.


9. Media, the 4th pillar

India has the largest number of the news channel in the world and largest newspaper market in the world.


10. Gender Equality

Because alternate sexual preferences are no longer a criminal offence.


11. Engineering

Jaipur (India) hosts the world’s widest concrete building. It has a reinforced concrete cement (RCC) flat roof with a single span of 119 feet.


12. Makers of FIFA ball

Because FIFA’s Jabulani ball had a touch of desi Enkay Rubber to it.


13. Ayurveda

We are home to the school of Ayurveda who counts the Queen of England among its many patrons.


14. Athletes shining despite their poverty

Mary Kom, Sania, Sushil, Saina, PT Usha and many more. They are the gems of nation.


15.  Export market

India’s export rate is set to be 4% in 2016, which would be an increase from the estimated 3.3% growth rate of 2015, as predicted by the World Trade Organisation.


16. Can’t cheat

Indian currency has braille markings for the blind.

Phipty rupeesSource

17. Indian railways

The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over 1.6 million people!

araku trainSourceFlickr

18. Cricket is more than a religion

Sachin Tendulkar, after having scored his 100th hundred and now a Rajya Sabha member, still plays on.Board of Control for Cricket in India, or BCCI, is the apex governing body for cricket in India is the richest body in world cricket.


19. Software

The Indian Software Industry has grown from a mere US $ 150 million in 1991-92 to a staggering US $ 5.7 billion in 1999-2000. No other Indian industry has performed so well against the global competition.

Sundar Pichai, an Indian, is the present CEO of Google Inc.


20. Vishwanathan Anand

Because Viswanathan Anand remains the undisputed czar of world chess.


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