Every Indian knows about the greatness of Mahatma Gandhi and the winning stats of the Indian Cricket team. However, very few keep a tab of Kabaddi team and know who Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh is. India is a country known for more bad than good. Known for poverty, crime andcorruption among other things, India has slowly become more of a “must avoid” rather than a “must visit” country over the years. But it is not all bad in the 7th largest and 2nd most populated country in the world. Here are some not-so-known facts about our country that will raise your eyebrows in surprise.

1. Lieutenant General Jacob Farj Rafael Jacob

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This highest ranked Jewish officer solved the war issue during the Liberation of Bangladesh with a big bluff. He threatened that the Pakistani troops would be bombed to annihilation by the Indian Air Force (although they were not planning do so at that time!) if they did not surrender. When Pakistani counterpart Lt. Gen. A A K Niazi heard of Jacob’s plan, he surrendered within 30 minutes! Had it not been for Jacob’s intelligent plan, then the Indian army would have lost hundreds of Indian soldiers fighting the Pakistanis. The brave-heart recently passed away. 

2. Indian Army

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Many Indians tend to underestimate the strength of their own army. They tend to forget that the reason behind their peaceful sleep is their strong guard. Here are a few facts to make them realise how shallow their assumptions are. It is the biggest voluntary army in the world and has the world’s best jungle warfare force. It is one of the biggest troop contributors to the United Nations peace-keeping operations and has a strong cavalry regiment. It is the Indian Army that controls the highest battlefield in the world – the Siachen Glacier. 

3. Mahant Bharat Darshandas

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The Election Commission of India builds a polling booth in the midst of Gujarat’s Gir forest for one and only one voter named Mahant Bharat Darshandas. Darshandas is said to be one of India’s most prized voter.

4. Bollywood

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If you think Bollywood represents the Indian film industry as a whole, you’re mistaken. Most Indian films are not, as is often supposed to be, the products of Bollywood. In fact, more films are produced in Tollywood (Tamil and Telegu) than in Bollywood. 

5. Pre-Wedding Spy

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In a land where arranged marriage dominates, parents search for only the best for their daughters and will stop at nothing to get that. If you are driving down an Indian highway, you are sure to see billboards on the side of the road saying “Wedding Detective”. If you wonder what that is, do not over think it because it is exactly what you think it is. Many of these detective companies have sprung up across the country and provide detailed information about the groom to be and his past relationships (if any). These detectives actually get themselves involved with close friends and family of the groom through any means possible and try and withdraw information from them. If all is cleared, the couple is free to enter in matrimony.

6. Newspapers Run Strong

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While most of the world is slowly getting rid of newspapers as they can get their news on their smartphones or tablets, India still believes the best way to get their daily dose of the happenings from around the world is to hold a newspaper and read it. The reason behind this is because the literacy rate has risen significantly but the rate of internet usage has decreased. Another reason is the number of languages that are spoken in the country. These newspapers print in all the various languages unlike online news where you could get the news in maybe 10 languages at max. Buying a newspaper in India is reasonably cheaper than using the internet as well. And the best thing about reading all these newspapers is that you can sell them back to a person for a price and they in turn sell them again. It’s a very different type of recycling.

7. Plastic Chairs Everywhere

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This is one thing that is constant in a country filled with ever changing traits. The plastic chair has become as common as the cow sitting in the middle of a traffic logged road. It can be found in every house, restaurant, hotel, school, hospital, office and so on and so forth. Although the design may vary (with and without handles), these chairs are located everywhere. Some people even remove the back rest and use the remaining chair as table. There is no stopping this chair from its uses and the Indians have come to love this strong and durable furniture.