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17 Numbers About India That Sound Fake But Are Completely Factual

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$600 billion: The gold standard

In a 2014 NPR report, it was estimated that families in India own somewhere between $600-$800 billion worth of gold, mostly in women's jewellery.
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In a 2014 NPR report, it was estimated that families in India own somewhere between $600-$800 billion worth of gold, mostly in women's jewellery.

£12 billion: Band Billion Baaraat

Though this might not be true for every family, a Business Insider report stated that the average Indian couple will spend 20% of all the money they'll ever make on that one single event.
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Though this might not be true for every family, a Business Insider report stated that the average Indian couple will spend 20% of all the money they'll ever make on that one single event.

46 million: Gunning for the top

While India's 46 million civilian firearms are second only to America (310 million) in absolute terms, we're way lower on the list in terms of average guns per 100 citizens.
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While India's 46 million civilian firearms are second only to America (310 million) in absolute terms, we're way lower on the list in terms of average guns per 100 citizens.

$1 Billion: A home like no other

For perspective, the Ambani residence, Antilla, has one family in it. Wembley Stadium can accommodate 90,000 people.
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For perspective, the Ambani residence, Antilla, has one family in it. Wembley Stadium can accommodate 90,000 people.

25.6 billion: The ultimate playlist

With over 25 billion total video views (thanks to their extensive library of Bollywood hits), T-Series beats its closest rivals like PewDiePie and Justin Bieber by colossal margins.
T-Series

With over 25 billion total video views (thanks to their extensive library of Bollywood hits), T-Series beats its closest rivals like PewDiePie and Justin Bieber by colossal margins.

45%: An unenterprising bunch

As opposed to these guys, 34% of India's billionaires have actually started their companies from scratch.
Plotted in Excel from data extracted from Caroline Freund and Sarah Oliver, The Origins of the Superrich: The Billionaire Characteristics Database (2016).

As opposed to these guys, 34% of India's billionaires have actually started their companies from scratch.

4.031 inches: An unimpressive average

With an average size of just above 4 inches (fully erect), India doesn't even break the top 100. For comparison, Congo has the biggest penises in the world, with an average size of 7.1 inches.
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With an average size of just above 4 inches (fully erect), India doesn't even break the top 100. For comparison, Congo has the biggest penises in the world, with an average size of 7.1 inches.

54%: India's environmental crisis quantified

According to a WHO study of particulate matter released earlier this year, India is home to more than half of the top 35 cities on the list, including three out of the top six.
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According to a WHO study of particulate matter released earlier this year, India is home to more than half of the top 35 cities on the list, including three out of the top six.

18.4 million: Slaving away

"Modern slavery" is a term that includes forced marriage, forced prostitution, child labour, and other human rights violations. India is, by far, the biggest offender.
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"Modern slavery" is a term that includes forced marriage, forced prostitution, child labour, and other human rights violations. India is, by far, the biggest offender.

₹13: Churchill's debt

When adjusted for inflation, this amounts roughly translates to about ₹35,000 now. His name is displayed prominently in the club's list of defaulters even today.
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When adjusted for inflation, this amounts roughly translates to about ₹35,000 now. His name is displayed prominently in the club's list of defaulters even today.

800 million litres: A thirsty nation

However, like with guns, when quantified as whiskey consumption per capita, we're nowhere near the top of the list.
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However, like with guns, when quantified as whiskey consumption per capita, we're nowhere near the top of the list.

1.2 million: Competitive carnage

While it might seem like a lot (and it is), the number has actually been falling in recent years.
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While it might seem like a lot (and it is), the number has actually been falling in recent years.

2,400: The cost of valuing grades over learning

Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh hold the dubious record of states with the most number of suicides in India.
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Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh hold the dubious record of states with the most number of suicides in India.

23 million: A country on the move

Fun fact – Mumbai locals alone account for almost 30% of these travellers.
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Fun fact – Mumbai locals alone account for almost 30% of these travellers.

120 million: A pilgrimage for the ages

The 2013 Kumbh Mela in Allahabad had more pilgrims in attendance than the population of every country in the world, barring the top 11.
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The 2013 Kumbh Mela in Allahabad had more pilgrims in attendance than the population of every country in the world, barring the top 11.

218 million: A country unto its own

With an estimated population of over 218 million people, U.P. would overtake Brazil in the world charts if it seceded.
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With an estimated population of over 218 million people, U.P. would overtake Brazil in the world charts if it seceded.

1.324 billion: The number that defines us

There are only 1.216 billion people in all of Africa, a continent that's almost 10 times the size of India.
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There are only 1.216 billion people in all of Africa, a continent that's almost 10 times the size of India.