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India, once considered to be the "golden bird" of the East, had acquired its wealth through export of spices over the centuries of trade. Once the "British Raj" took over, all the wealth got transported out of India, just like the modern Iraq at the hands of USA. After over 200 years of stay in India, when the Britishers left, India was left a devided nation, poor, with barely any infrastructure to support itself. Its main strength came from its masses, who toiled in the fields to generate revenues. Hence familes felt the greatest strength was to have a large family. Soon, country developed basic infrastructure and so called self dependence. Now, the burgeoning masses were seen as a burden on the economy. Politicians, who had freed the country, were long gone. The newer generation of politicians, were corrupt and the implementation of measures by the government, to curb the growing population were ineffective - as the money was siphoned off by the greedy politicians again and again. While some of the educated middle class popultion and the wealthy, were quick to practice "family planning", the rest of the poorer population continued to have larger families to guarantee a meal a day. After over 50 years of independence, and about three generations, the population now stands tall and wide. The political will is still lacking and the political might is growing weaker by the day!

-- 19:53, 16 Oct 2004 (UTC)VSanghi

"Kuchh baat hai ki hasti mit-ti nahi hamari. Sadiyon raha hai dushman daur-e-jaman hamara."

It's good to hear so much Good and Great about our India. But, the need of the hour is not to blow our own bounet. What we need is to think what we can do for our Mother India? Think about that. Please think about that.

Removed comment wrongly attributed to Lord Macaulay.

Nothing bad?[edit]

I am an Indian and was wondering if anybody ever said anything bad about it too? Just for the balance you know?

disputable quote[edit]

  • Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.

I removed this as probably a misattribution — it is attributed to Mark Twain in India : A Splendour in Cultural Diversity (2004) by M. L. Ahuja, p. 1, but I have been unable to located in any citations or occurrence of earlier sources. ~ Seer 20:05, 8 October 2010 (UTC)


These should be provided with sources before being moved back into the article.
  • India is probably the best country in the world, both scenic and peaceful, it truly is god's country.
  • The Portuguese, Dutch and English have been for a long time year after year, shipping home the treasures of India in their big vessels. We Germans have been all along been left to watch it. Germany would do likewise, but hers would be treasures of spiritual knowledge.
  • Yunan-o-Misr-o-Roma Sab Mit Gaye Jahan Se, Ab Tak Magar Hai Baki Naam-o-Nishan Hamara, Kuchh Baat Hai Ke Hasti Mit’ti Nahin Hamari, Sadiyon Raha Hai Dushman Daur-e-Zaman Hamara.
    • Yunani, Egyptian & Roman Civilizations have all vanquished from this world but even today we (Indian culture, in true sense) are here. There is something in this soil that helped us (Indian culture, in true sense) survive innumerable enemies.
  • With one foot grounded in time-honored traditions and the other fervently striding into the entrepreneurial e-age, India embraces diversity passionately as few other countries on earth could.
    • Lonely Planet (Travel guide book)
  • It will no longer remain to be doubted that the priests of Egypt and the sages of Greece have drawn directly from the original well of India, that it is to the banks of the Ganges and the Indus that our hearts feel drawn as by some hidden urge.
  • If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.
  • It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. Enriched by successive waves of migration and marauders from distant lands, every one of them left an indelible imprint which was absorbed into the Indian way of life. Every aspect of the country presents itself on a massive, exaggerated scale, worthy in comparison only to the superlative mountains that overshadow it. It is this variety which provides a breathtaking ensemble for experiences that is uniquely Indian. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely. There are perhaps very few nations in the world with the enormous variety that India has to offer. Modern day India represents the largest democracy in the world with a seamless picture of unity in diversity unparalleled anywhere else.
  • India — The land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas.