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9 Facts about India

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1. During WWII, India produced the largest volunteer Army in world history (over 2.5 million men). Winston Churchill called their bravery “Unsurpassed”. At least 38 Indians were awarded the Victoria Cross or the George Cross.

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2. Yogendra Singh Yadav, a soldier of the Indian army, climbed up a vertical, snow-covered cliff face while under machine gun and rocket fire. Despite taking three bullets, he managed to finish the climb, grenade a bunker, and then kill four enemy soldiers in hand to hand combat.

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3. During his Indian campaign, Alexander the Great encountered a tribe that hadn’t discovered fire yet

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4. There is an Indian village which celebrates each girl child by planting 111 trees

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5. After his wife died because she couldn’t easily access medical attention, an Indian man spent 22 years cutting through the mountain that separated his village from the nearest medical center. The finished path shortened the necessary travel distance by 40 km. He used nothing but a chisel.

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6. Neerja Bhanot, an Indian flight attendant, hid the passports of American passengers on board a hijacked flight to save them from the terrorists. She died while attempting to help passengers escape, shielding three children from a hail of bullets.

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7. A Gurkha Soldier of the Indian Army single-handedly fought off 40 armed bandits with his knife, killing 3 and injuring 8 to save a girl from getting raped during a train robbery in India.

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8. An Indian man traveled from India to Sweden on a bicycle to meet his Swedish wife in 1978. The journey took him 4 months and through eight countries.

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9. The Indian state of Nagaland is over 75% Baptist, a percentage higher than in Texas or Mississippi, making it ‘the most Baptist state in the world’

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