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India is now the third largest economy in terms of PPP (Purchasing power parity), here are 51 other facts, tweetable nuggets of wisdom that we’ve scavenged like an information magpie, via stat boffins @ianbremmer, @raju, @jairajp, @amazing_maps and other bastions of open data. What are your maps, facts, and stats sources? Wikipedia, Heritage.org, and Gapminder.org are some handy tools. Scroll down all the way to the bottom for an inspirational TED talk from 2009, where Hans Rosling talks about the rise of Asia.

India: Second best at producing wheat,

the second largest labor force in the world,

Largest Labor Forces 1 China 799m 2 India 487m 3 US 155m 4 Indonesia 118m 5 Brazil 106m 6 Bngladesh 77m 7 Russia 75m 8 Japan 66m 9 Pak 59m — ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) December 9, 2013

is one of the worst at feeding it’s own.

Its biggest export seems to be human beings,

It’s also one of the most polluted places in the world.

 

India’s GDP is the same as Canada,

GDP ($Trillion) 1 US 15.7 2 China 8.4 3 Japan 5.6 4 Germany 3.4 5 France 2.6 6 UK 2.4 7 Brazil 2.3 8 Russia, Italy 2 10 India, Canada 1.8 — ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) November 2, 2013

But has 36 times its population.

 
Kerala’s GDP is comparable to Myanmar

Maharashtra seems to be the biggest magnet for migrants

 

India’s not exactly the promised land

 

 

Orissa and Madhya Pradesh average around eight deaths per thousand, each year.

It is one of the youngest countries in the world,

Wow! RT @ianbremmer: % of population under 15 years old Japan 13% Russia 15% China 16% US 20% Brazil 24% India 31% Pakistan 35% Nigeria 44% — Susan McPherson (@susanmcp1) February 9, 2014

  one of the poorest,

where wages are cheap,

 cricket is a religion,

 and freedom of the press, marginally better than than China or Russia.

 On World Toilet Day, we’d rather talk about Politics and Bollywood

Here’s how our banking sector is doing:

Lack of access to credit cards explains this:

 

Here’s where we stand Internet-wise:

India’s internet penetration now is where China’s was seven years ago :( pic.twitter.com/zQSypc8ntG — Jairaj P (@jairajp) March 21, 2014

 
The most sincerest form of self love

 Not everyone in India has it bad though..

Apparently poverty is a state of mind

Comforting to think that long term climate change wont be kind to Mumbai’s billionaires.

India is not the biggest spender, but it is the world’s leading arms buyer.

Indians are not a homogenous group like the Chinese.

India has a negative current account balance

You probably don’t know this fact:

India’s biggest destroyers of Shareholder wealth 

State of India’s forests

Putting a number to that:

Tourism is a significant source of revenue

China sends 3 times more students to US than India

China is India’s leading trading partner

 

India pays as much for fuel as Canada or Australia

 

What’s fruiting this season? Here’s a handy chart

 

No prizes for guessing India’s National Fruit

Takeaway: This downloadable e-book on indigenous drugs of India

 

How are women represented in the workforce and the electoral rolls?

Gujarat has the highest preference for dynastic politicians

 

What we ask Google about our politicians

 

Still here? Check out what the weather is like in this real-time map.

 

Congrats on making it this far! Here’s the National Pledge, found in all school text-books.

 

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