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Facts about India ! Part -3
Quotes for India.
J. Robert Oppenheimer, American nuclear
physicist (1904-1967) "If the radiance of a
thousand suns were to burst into the sky, that
would be like the splendour of the Mighty One. .
. . Now I am become death, the destroyer of
worlds. Oppenheimer "the father of the atomic
bomb" quoting from the Hindu scripture
Bhagavad-Gita upon witnessing the mushroom cloud
resulting from the detonation of the worlds
first atomic bomb in New Mexico, U.S.A., on July
16, 1945. Access to the Vedas is the greatest
privilege this century may claim over all
previous centuries.
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  • Victor Cousin,
  • French Philosopher
  • (1792-1867)
  • "When we read the poetical and philosophical
    monuments of the East
  • above all, those of India,
  • which are beginning to spread in Europe
  • we discover there many a truth,
  • and truths so profound,
  • and which make such a contrast with the meanness
    of the results at which European genius has
    sometimes stopped,
  • that we are constrained to bend the knee before
    the philosophy of the East,
  • and to see in this cradle of the human race the
    native land of the highest philosophy.

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  • Hu Shih,
  • former Ambassador of China to USA
  • (1891-1962)
  • "India conquered and dominated China culturally
    for 20 centuries without ever having to send a
    single soldier across her border.

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  • Dr. Arnold Joseph Toynbee,
  • British Historian
  • (1889-1975)
  • "It is already becoming clear that a chapter
    which had a Western beginning will have to have
    an Indian ending,
  • if it is not to end in the self-destruction of
    the human race.
  • At this supremely dangerous moment in human
  • the only way of salvation for mankind
  • is the Indian way."

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  • Albert Einstein
  • (1879 -1955)
  • When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about
    how God created this universe everything else
    seems so superfluous.
  • "We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how
    to count, without which no worthwhile scientific
    discovery could have been made.

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  • Will Durant,
  • American historian,
  • (1885-1981)
  • "India was the motherland of our race,
  • and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages
  • she was the mother of our philosophy
  • mother, through the Arabs, of much of our
  • mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals
    embodied in Christianity mother, through the
    village community, of self-government and
  • Mother India is in many ways the mother of us
  • Perhaps in return for conquest, arrogance and
    spoliation, India will teach us
  • the tolerance and gentleness of the mature mind,
  • the quiet content of the unacquisitive soul,
  • the calm of the understanding spirit,
  • and a unifying, a pacifying love for all living

  • Sir William Jones,
  • Jurist,
  • (1746-1794)
  • The Sanskrit language is of wonderful
    structure, more perfect than the Greek, more
    copious than the Latin and more exquisitely
    refined than either.
  • ... a stronger affinity than could possibly have
    been produced by accident so strong, indeed,
    that no philologer could examine them all three,
    without first believing them to have sprung from
    some common source...

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson,
  • Philosopher
  • (1803-1882)
  • "I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-Gita.
    It was the first of books it was as if an empire
    spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but
    large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old
    intelligence which in another age and climate had
    pondered and thus disposed of the same questions
    which exercise us.
  • The Indian teaching, through its clouds of
    legends, has yet a simple and grand religion,
    like a queenly countenance seen through a rich
  • It teaches to speak truth, love others, and to
    dispose trifles.
  • The East is grand - and makes Europe appear the
    land of trifles. ...all is soul and the soul is
    Vishnu ...cheerful and noble is the genius of
    this cosmogony
  • When India was explored, and the wonderful
  • of Indian theological literature found, that
  • dispelled once and for all,
  • the dream about Christianity being the sole
  • - Nature makes a Brahmin of me presently.

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  • Arthur Schopenhauer,
  • German Philosopher
  • (1788-1860)
  • "In the whole world there is no study so
    beneficial and so elevating as that of the
    Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life
    it will be the solace of my death."
  • It is the most rewarding and the most elevating
    book which can be possible in the world.
  • I believe that the influence of the Sanskrit
    literature will penetrate not less deeply than
    did the revival of Greek literature in the
    fifteenth century.

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  • Henry David Thoreau,
  • American Philosopher
  • (1817-1862)
  • In the morning I bathe my intellect in the
    stupendous and cosmological philosophy of the
    Bhagavad-Gita in comparison with which our modern
    world and its literature seem puny and trivial."
  • Whenever I have read any part of the Vedas, I
    have felt that some unearthly and unknown light
    illuminated me. In the great teaching of the
    Vedas, there is no touch of the sectarianism.
  • It is of ages, climes, and nationalities and is
    the royal road for the attainment of the Great
    Knowledge. When I am at it, I feel that I am
    under the spangled heavens of a summer night.

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  • Mark Twain, American Author (1835-1920)
  • This is India!
  • The land of dreams and romance,
  • of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty,
  • of splendour and rags, of palaces and hovels,
  • of famine and pestilence,
  • of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps,
  • of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the
  • the country of a hundred nations and a hundred
  • of a thousand religions and two million gods,
  • cradle of the human race, birthplace of human
  • mother of history, grandmother of legend,
    great-grandmother of tradition, whose yesterdays
    bear date with the mouldering antiquities of the
    rest of the nations the one sole country under
    the sun that is endowed with an imperishable
    interest for alien persons,
  • for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich
    and poor,
  • bond and free, the one land that all men desire
    to see,
  • and having seen once, by even a glimpse,
  • would not give that glimpse for all the shows of
    all the rest of the globe combined. Even now,
    after a lapse of a year, the delirium of those
    days in Bombay has not left me and I hope it
    never will.

  • Ken Wilber
  • American Philosopher and Author
  • (b-1949)
  • Larry Warchowski is just about as
    philosophically /spiritually well read as anyone
    you're likely to find, and The Matrix films are a
    stunning tribute to that fact.
  • Larry said that when he found Ken's work, "It was
    like Schopenhauer discovering the Upanishads."

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  • Professor Max Muller,
  • (1823-1900)
  • "India, what can it teach us?,
  • "If I were to look over the whole world to find
    out the country most richly endowed with all the
    wealth, power and beauty that nature can bestow,
    in some parts a very paradise on earth,
  • I should point to India.
  • If I were asked under what sky the human mind has
    most developed some of it choicest gifts, has
    most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of
    life and has found solutions of some of them
    which will deserve the attention even of those
    who have studied Plato and Kant,
  • I should point to India.
  • And if I were to ask myself from what literature
    we, here in Europe, who have been nurtured most
    exclusively on the thoughts of the Greeks and
    Romans and of the Semitic race and the Jewish may
    draw that corrective which is most wanted in
    order to make our inner life more comprehensive,
    more universal, in fact a more truly human life,
  • I should point to India".

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  • The Encyclopaedia
  • Britannica says
  • "Man must have an original cradle land whence the
    peopling of the earth was brought about by
  • As to mans cradle land, there have been many
    theories but the weight of evidence is in favour
    of Indo-Malaysia.
  • "If there is a country on earth which can justly
    claim the honour of having been the cradle of the
    Human race or at least the scene of primitive
    civilization, the successive developments of
    which carried into all parts of the ancient world
    and even beyond, the blessings of knowledge which
    is the second life of man, that country is
    assuredly India.

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  • George Harrison,
  • Beatles
  • (1943 - 2001)
  • "For every human there is a quest to find the
    answer to why I am here, who am I, where did I
    come from, where am I going. For me that became
    the most important thing in my life. Everything
    else is secondary."
  • "Here everybody is vibrating on a material level,
    which is nowhere. Over there India, they have
    this great feeling of something else that's just
    spiritual going on.

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  • Lin Yutang,
  • Chinese writer,
  • (1895-1976)
  • India was Chinas teacher in religion and
    imaginative literature, and worlds teacher in
    Trigonometry, quadratic equations, grammar,
    phonetics, Arabian Nights, animal fables, chess
    as well as in philosophy, and she inspired
    Boccasccio, Goethe, Schopenhauer and Emerson."

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  • Voltaire
  • Author and Philosopher,
  • (1694-1778)
  • "It does not behove us, who were only savages and
    barbarians when these Indian and Chinese peoples
    were civilized and learned, to dispute their

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  • Aldous Huxley,
  • English novelist
  • (1894-1963)
  • The (Bhagavad) Gita is one of the clearest and
    most comprehensive summaries of the perennial
    philosophy ever to have been done. Hence its
    enduring value, not only for the Indians, but
    also for all mankind. It is perhaps the most
    systematic spiritual statement of the perennial

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  • Dalai Lama,
  • (b-1935)
  • Hindus and Buddhists, we are two sons of the
    same mother."
  • Friedrich Mejer
  • 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
  • that it is to the banks of the Ganges and the
  • that our hearts feel drawn as if by some hidden

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  • Rudyard Kipling
  • (1865-1936)
  • Now it is not good for the Christian's health to
    hustle the Hindu brown. For the Christian riles
    and the Hindu smiles and weareth the Christian
    down And the end of the fight is a tombstone
    while with the name of the late deceased and the
    epitaph drear ,A fool lies here who tried to
    hustle the east ".

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  • John Archibald Wheeler
  • Theoretical Physicist, who coined Black Hole
  • (b-1911)
  • I like to think that someone will trace how the
    deepest thinking of India made its way to Greece
    and from there to the philosophy of our times.

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  • Guy Sorman,
  • author of Genius of India
  • Temporal notions in Europe were overturned by an
    India rooted in eternity.
  • The Bible had been the yardstick for measuring
  • but the infinitely vast time cycles of India
  • suggested that the world was much older than
    anything the Bible spoke of.
  • It seem as if the Indian mind was better prepared
    for the
  • chronological mutations of
  • Darwinian evolution and astrophysics.

  • Adam Smith,
  • Father of economics, and author of
  • Wealth of Nations
  • (1723-1790)
  • "The difference between the genius of the British
    constitution which protects and governs North
    America, and that of the mercantile company
    British East India Company which oppresses and
    domineers in the East IndiesIndia, cannot
    perhaps be better illustrated than by the
    different state of those countries."

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  • H.G. Wells,
  • Sociologist, and Historian and Author of
  • Time Machine and War of the Worlds
  • (1866-1946)
  • "The history of India for many centuries had been
    happier, less fierce, and more dreamlike than any
    other history. In these favourable conditions,
    they built a character - meditative and peaceful
    and a nation of philosophers such as could
    nowhere have existed except in India."

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  • Jean-Sylvain Bailly,
  • French Astronomer,
  • (1736-1793)
  • The motion of the stars calculated by the Hindus
    before some 4500 years vary not even a single
    minute from the tables of Cassine and Meyer (used
    in the 19-th century).
  • The Hindu systems of astronomy are by far the
    oldest and that from which the Egyptians, Greek,
    Romans and - even the Jews derived from the
    Hindus their knowledge.

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  • George Bernard Shaw,
  • Irish dramatist, literary critic, socialist
  • (1856-1950)
  • The Indian way of life provides the vision of
    the natural, real way of life. We veil ourselves
    with unnatural masks.
  • On the face of India are the tender expressions
    which carry the mark of the Creator's hand.

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  • Dr David Frawley,
  • American Teacher, Doctor, Author, Speaker,
  • India possesses a great indigenous civilization
    dating back to 7000 BC, such as recent
    archaeological discoveries at Mehrgarh clearly
    reveal. It had the most extensive urban culture
    in the world in the third millennium BCE with the
    many cities of the Indus and Sarasvati rivers.
  • When the Sarasvati river of Vedic fame dried up
    in the second millennium BCE, the culture shifted
    east to the more certain rivers of the Gangetic
    plain, which became the dominant region of the
  • Gone is the old idea of the Aryan invasion and an
    outside basis for Indian culture. In its place is
    the continuity of a civilization and its
    literature going back to the earliest period of
  • Unfortunately, over the first fifty years since
    Independence, India has not discovered its real
    roots. Its intellectuals have mimicked Western
    trends in thought. They have forgotten their own
    profound modern sages like Swami Vivekananda and
    Sri Aurobindo who projected modern and futuristic
    views of the Indian tradition.
  • While Westerners come to India seeking spiritual
    knowledge, Indian intellectuals look to the West
    with an adulation that is often blind, if not

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India's Future.
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World's Largest Maitreya Buddha Statue
  • India has started construction of the Worlds
    largest Buddha statue, it is being designed to
    last for the next 1,000 years.
  • The statue will be situated at Kushinagar, Uttar
    Pradesh, where the Buddha passed away.
  • The statue, destined to bring world peace, will
    be seated on a throne 17-storeys high, housing a
    huge temple with the feet resting on a Lotus,
    touching the Earth.

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Secular Tolerance
  • "In India today,
  • we have a lady born a Catholic (Sonia Gandhi)
  • stepping aside so a Sikh (Manmohan Singh)
  • could be sworn in by a Muslim
  • (president Abdul Kalam)
  • to lead a nation that's 82 Hindu.
  • I defy anyone to cite another country with such
    diversity and tolerance to its political

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  • Goldman Sachs Report of 1 October, 2003
  • "Dreaming with BRICs The path to 2050"
  • India's GDP will reach 1 trillion by 2011,
  • 2 trillion by 2020,
  • 3 trillion by 2025,
  • 6 trillion by 2032,
  • 10 trillion by 2038, and
  • 27 trillion by 2050,
  • becoming the 3rd largest economy after USA and
  • In terms of GDP, India will overtake Italy by the
    year 2016, France by 2019, UK by 2022,
  • Germany by 2023, and Japan by 2032.

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  • Progress during the last 20 years
  • Poverty (incidence)
  • 1980s 1990s 2000
  • 44 36 26
  • Education (literacy rate)
  • 1980s 1990s 2000
  • 44 52 65
  • Health (life expectancy)
  • 1980s 1990s 2000
  • 56 60 69

Source World Bank (2003)
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  • Ex-Prime Minister,
  • Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • A treaty was signed on 6 January, 2004,
    establishing a South Asian Free Trade Area among
    the seven SAARC countries (India, Pakistan,
    Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and
    Maldives) in the region.
  • India committed to a South Asian Union as the
    ultimate objective, with mutual security
    cooperation, open borders and a single currency
    in Southern Asia in the long run.
  • "The bonds of ethnicity and culture which hold
    together the peoples of this region are more
    enduring than the barriers of political prejudice
    that have been erected quite recently.
  • .Friends, India is ready to do everything that
    is necessary, to walk as many extra miles as may
    be required, to make this vision a reality.

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  • Dr. Abdul Kalam, Ex President of India,
  • father of Indias space, missile and satellite
  • and author of India 2020 Vision.
  • I have three visions for India.
  • In 3000 years of our history people from
    all over the world have come and invaded us,
    captured our lands, conquered our minds. From
    Alexander onwards. The Greeks, the Turks, the
    Moguls, the Portuguese, the British, the
    French, the Dutch, all of them came and looted
    us, took over what was ours. Yet we have not done
    this to any other nation. We have not conquered
    anyone. We have not grabbed
    their land, their culture, their history and
    tried to enforceour way of life on them. Why?
  • Because we respect the freedom of others. That is
    why my first vision is that of FREEDOM. I believe
    that India got its first vision of this in 1857,
    when we started the war of independence. It is
    this freedom that we must protect and nurture and
    build on. If we are not free, no one will respect
    us. My second vision for India is DEVELOPMENT.
  • For fifty years we have been a developing
    nation. It is time we see ourselves as a
    developed nation. We are among top 5 nations of
    the world in terms of GDP. We have 10 growth
    rate in most areas. Our poverty levels are
    falling. Our achievements are being globally
    recognized today. Yet we lack the self-confidence
    to see ourselves as a developed nation,
    self-reliant and self-assured.
  • I have a THIRD vision. India must stand up to
    the world. Because I believe that unless India
    stands up to the world, no one will respect us.
    Only strength respects strength. We must be
    strong not only as a military power but also as
    an economic power. Both must go hand-in-hand.

  • Indias population to be the largest in the world
  • India is set to overtake China as the world's
    most populous nation by 2050.
  • Indias population is expected to grow from
    1.08bn to 1.63bn people, overtaking China, which
    is forecast to reach 1.44bn from 1.3bn currently.
  • India, will also have the highest working
    population in the World 700 million people out
    of 1.1 billion people are young the young
    population will continue till 2050.

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  • Annie Wood Besant,
  • British Theosophical Society,
  • (1847-1933)
  • After a study of some forty years and more of
    the great religions of the world,
  • I find none so perfect, none so scientific, none
    so philosophical and none so spiritual than the
    great religion known by the name of Hinduism.
  • Make no mistake, without Hinduism, India has no
  • Hinduism is the soil in to which India's roots
    are stuck and torn out of that she will
    inevitably wither as a tree torn out from its
  • And if Hindus do not maintain Hinduism
  • - who shall save it? 
  • If India's own children do not cling to her faith
  • who shall guard it?
  • India alone can save India and India and Hinduism
    are one.

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