10 Amazing Facts about India You Never Knew

By Reagan M. – October 13, 2015 1633
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India is a densely populated country with a rich and vibrant history. The culture of the Indian people is one that resonates throughout the world, yet many do not know some rather important facts about the country itself. Here are 10 amazing facts about India that the country is proud of:

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10 India is the seventh largest country on Earth, also making it the largest democracy in the world.
109 Their space program has literally taken off, growing from a fledgling industry in 1975 to now launching missions to Mars.
98 Modern common practices such as yoga and martial arts were all born from India and spread to other countries.
87 Before the British ruled over India, it was one of the richest countries in the world, and this wealth was even the reason Christopher Columbus initially set sail, only to later discover the Americas.
76 One of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Taj Mahal, was completed in India in 1648.
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5 Indian Railways employs well over a million people, making it the largest employer in the world.
54 With 10,000 years of history, India is one of the most ancient civilizations on the planet.
43 The intellectual board game chess was invented in India in an early form known as chaturanga.
32 Sanskrit is considered the mother of all other languages.
21 India offers the largest amount of scientists and engineers in the entire world.
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As countries around the world begin to take a more “green” approach to energy production, India has recently followed suit. The country has pledged to build the world’s largest solar energy plant, with project designs designating land space that is larger than the island of Manhattan. The plant would boast a capacity of more than 4,000 megawatts, which is more than four nuclear reactors!