21 Unknown Facts About India that even Indians are unaware of

21 Unknown Facts About India that even Indians are unaware of

India is a very rich and diverse country. So much so that there are many interesting and unknown facts about India that are even alien to the Indians themselves. 

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Here is the list of 21 unbelievable and unknown facts about India that even most of the Indians are unaware of:

1. Indian Military holds the World Record for accepting the Largest Military Surrender since World War II.

Indian Military holds the World Record for accepting the Largest Military Surrender since World War II - Amazing Facts about India
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During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, which occurred during the liberation war of East Pakistan (later became an independent nation, Bangladesh), approx 90,000 to 93,000 Pakistani servicemen including Pakistani soldiers and their Bengali supporters surrendered to the Indian Army as prisoners of war (POWs).[Source]

2. In the state of Mizoram, about 65 kilometers away from its capital Aizawl, there are shops without vendors in it.

Nghah Lou Dawr - Amazing Facts about India
Photo Source: TheBetterIndia

This unique way of business is known as “Nghah Lou Dawr” which means shop without shopkeepers. 

Small farmers who cannot afford vendors use this way of doing business. Every morning they put fresh fruits and vegetables in bamboo huts. They use display boards to write the prices of fruits and vegetables using chalk or charcoal.

They also keep two containers nearby. One for collecting the payment given by the customer. And the other one filled with money, for helping the customers who do not have change. 

This is one of the several incredible and surprising facts about India.

Amazing, isn’t it.

3. India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests has declared Dolphins as “non-human persons”.

Dolphins are declared as non human persons in India - Unbelievable facts about India

Unbelievable, right!

Dolphins are treated as human beings in India as they have unusual similarities with human beings. Also, captivating dolphins is also banned in India. 

Dolphins are believed to be the second most intelligent species on Earth after human beings because of their unusual qualities like sophisticated communication like humans, sense of community, self-awareness and abstract thought among many.

4. Mattur is a village in the Karnataka state of India is famous for the use of the Sanskrit language for their day-to-day communication.

Only Sanskrit speaking village - Unknown Facts about India
Photo Source: TheBetterIndia

5. North Sentinel Island, one of the Andaman Islands of India, is the home of Sentinelese who are among the last people worldwide untouched by modern civilization. 

North Sentinel Island - Facts about India
Photo Source: TOI

Interestingly, they are also allowed to kill non-Sentinelese people without prosecution.

6. Ajay V. Bhatt, an Indian American computer architect developed the USB (Universal Serial Bus) technology.

Photo Source: EPO

Not only that, but he is also the inventor of AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port), PCI Express and various other technologies.

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7. At an altitude of 5,602 meters (18,379 ft), Baily Bridge, located in the Ladakh Valley in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, is the bridge at the highest elevation in the world.

It was built by the Indian Army in 1982. [Source]

8. Officially Mahatma Gandhi is not the “Father of the Nation”.

It is one of the most shocking facts about India. This truth is revealed after an RTI filed by the youngest RTI activist 10-year-old Aishwarya Parashar in 2012.

Due to this RTI (Right to Information) query, it is revealed that officially no such title has been accorded to Mahatma Gandhi.

She then appealed to the government to issue a notification declaring Mahatma Gandhi as the “Father of the Nation” officially. 

To know whether any action on her appeal has been taken or not, she again filed RTI petition.

In reply to this, MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) of the government of India said that “Mahatma Gandhi cannot be accorded the ‘Father of the Nation’ title by the government as Article 18 (1) of the Constitution does not permit any titles except educational and military ones.

But as per the history, the title of the “Father of the Nation” was given to Mahatma Gandhi by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose who addressed Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of the Nation on Singapore Radio on 6th July 1944.

After that, Sarojini Naidu also referred Gandhi with the same title in a conference on 28th April 1947.[Source]

9. The funeral of CN Annadurai, the first Cheif Minister of Tamil Nadu, has the largest funeral attendance in the world to date.

21 Unknown Facts About India that even Indians are unaware of
Photo Source: IndiaToday

Around 15 million people attended his funeral in February 1969. He was a prolific writer and was known for his oratorical skills.[Source]

10. Srinivas Ramanujan is the youngest Fellow in the history of the Royal Society.

Photo Source: TheVintageNews

He became the Fellow of the Royal Society at the age of 31 on 28th February 1918. The Royal Society is the world’s oldest and most respected scientific society.

A true genius.

Strange but true. Actually, Kotak Mahindra Bank launched a credit card called Trump which Donald Trump saw as a violation of his trademark. So he filed a lawsuit against the bank for trademark violation.

After a 3-year legal battle, the case ended in a settlement between Donald Trump and Kotak Mahindra Bank.[Source]

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12. In the 1960s, it was mandatory to play national anthem in cinema halls after every movie.

Photo Source: TheHindu

That’s why they say that “History repeats itself“. 

Due to the emergence of multiplexes, the practice of playing the National Anthem in the theatres faded away. But in 2016, the Supreme Court again makes it mandatory to play National Anthem before the feature film starts.[Source]

13. Kadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu were the first two female graduates not only from India but from the entire British Empire.

On the Left: Chandramukhi Basu
On the Right: Kadambini Ganguly

14. Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose invented Crescograph, an instrument used to measure growth in plants.

Photo Source: Wikipedia

15. Meher Baba, an Indian spiritual master gave up his speech for 44 years till his death on 31st January 1969.

Photo Source: Asian Tribune

He used to communicate with unique hand gestures or an alphabet board.

16. There is a temple named “Chinese Kali Mandir (Temple)” in Kolkata. 

Photo Source: AnotherIndian

In this temple, noodles, chop suey, rice and vegetable dishes are offered as Bhog and Prasad to Goddess Kali.

17. There is a village named “Pakistan” in Bihar, India.

Photo Source: FirstPost

The village is named Pakistan in the memory of the Muslim residents who migrated to East Pakistan (today known as Bangladesh) in 1947.[Source]

18. V. K. Krishna Menon holds the Guinness World Records for giving the longest speech (7 hours and 48 minutes) before the UN Security Council defending India’s take on Kashmir issue.

Photo Source: Foreign Policy

He collapsed on the Security Council floor during his speech.

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19. Auroville (City of Dawn) is an experimental township in the state of Tamil Nadu, India with some part of it in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

Photo Source: Auroville

The township is named after Sri Aurobindo. It was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa (known as “the Mother”) with the vision of making it a universal town where people of all the countries across the globe can live with peace and harmony.

In 2016, it has 2,487 residents from 49 countries including India, France, and Germany.[Source]

20. Mayong, a village in Assam, India is known as the “Land of Black Magic and Witchcraft”.

21. Samosa is not a native Indian dish. It was brought to the Indian subcontinent by the merchants and traders from Central Asia in the 13th or 14th century.

Photo Source: Wikipedia

This is one of the most surprising facts about India that Samosa is not an Indian dish.

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