Outstanding Indian Achievements

You may have seen this, ad-nauseum, as it has been doing the email rounds for quite a while. But everytime you read it you can see a sense of pride surging in you. Every country will have its heroes and heroics, so let us not get too swayed by it in a spirit of jingoism.

There can be little doubt, though, that these are outstanding achievements that have not received the traction they deserve among non-Indian circles.

Since these data points may slip out of my memory soon, I am posting them here so that I can dig them up easily whenever I need to inspire myself.

-- G Joslin Vethakumar


Q. Who is the GM of Hewlett Packard (hp) ?

A. Rajiv Gupta


Q. Who is the creator of Pentium chip (needs no introduction as 90% of the today’s computers run on it)?

A. Vinod Dahm

 Q. Who is the third richest man on the world?

A. According to the latest report on Fortune Magazine, it is Azim Premji, who is the CEO of Wipro Industries. The Sultan of Brunei is at 6th position now.

 Q. Who is the founder and creator of Hotmail (Hotmail is world’s No.1 web-based email program)?

A. Sabeer Bhatia

 Q. Who is the president of AT & T-Bell Labs (AT & T-Bell Labs is the creator of program languages such as C, C++, Unix to name a few)?

A. Arun Netravalli

 Q. Who is the new MTD (Microsoft Testing Director) of Windows 2000, responsible to iron out all initial problems?

A. Sanjay Tejwrika

 Q. Who are the Chief Executives of Citibank, Mckinsey & Stanchart?

A. Victor Menezes, Rajat Gupta, and Rana Talwar.

 Q. We Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America, even faring better than the whites and the natives.

There are 3.22 million Indians in the USA (1.5% of population).

YET, 38% of doctors in USA are Indians.

12% scientists in USA are Indians.

36% of NASA scientists are Indians.

34% of Microsoft employees are Indians.

28% of IBM employees are Indians.

17% of INTEL scientists are Indians.

13% of XEROX employees are! Indians.

Some of the following facts may be known to you. These facts were recently published in a German magazine, which deals with WORLD HISTORY FACTS ABOUT INDIA.

1. India never invaded any country in her last 1000 years of history.

2. India invented the Number system. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.

3. The world’s first University was established in Takshila in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4 th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.

4. According to the Forbes magazine, Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software.

5. Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans.

6. Although western media portray modern images of India as poverty-stricken and underdeveloped through political corruption, India was once the richest empire on earth.

7. The art of navigation was born in the river Sindh 5000 years ago. The very word "Navigation" is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH.  

8. The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is now known as the Pythagorean Theorem. British scholars have last year (1999) officially published that Budhayan’s works dates to the 6 th Century which is long before the European mathematicians.

9. Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. Quadratic equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11 th Century; the largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Indians used numbers as big as 10 53.

10. According to the Gemmological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds to the world.

11. USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion amongst academics that the pioneer of wireless communication was Professor Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.

12. The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra.

13. Chess was invented in India .

14. Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted surgeries like cesareans, cataract, fractures and urinary stones. Usage of anaesthesia was well known in ancient India .

15. When many cultures in the world were only nomadic forest-dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization).

16. The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.


Quotes about India

“We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.”

— Albert Einstein.

 “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition.”

— Mark Twain.

 “If there is one place on the face of earth where all dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.”

— French scholar Romain Rolland.

 “India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.”

— Hu Shih (former Chinese ambassador to USA)


BUT, if we don’t see even a glimpse of that great India in the India that we see today, it clearly means that we are not working up to our potential; and that if we do, we could once again be an ever-shining and inspiring country setting a bright path for rest of the world to follow.



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40 responses to “Outstanding Indian Achievements

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  2. if this QUOTE reached everywhere INDIAN will rule everywhere

  3. jab zero diya mere bharat ne tab jaakar duniya ko ginti aayi,
    taaron ki bhasha bharat ne duniya ko pehle sikhlayi,
    deta naa dashmlav bharat to yu chaand pe jana mushkil tha,
    dharti se chand ki doorie ka andaaza lagana mushkil tha.

  4. I am extremely impressed and enlightened by all the facts you have listed here. As a native Chinese, I have to say that the two nation share at least the same sentiment towards their cultural heritage, though China has far too few achievements compared with that of India. My question is that have you people ever wondered that why such a great culture and people ended up like what we see today? What are the reasons for the decline?

    • kishan

      what i came to know is that others (foreignners and western people) got jealous with indian development and they started making conflict between kings and britishers entered india taking advatage of the conflict and india declined. I want to mention one more fact that in ancient india even brain transplantation was possible.

    • Devraj

      Hi! Peng,

      Greetings from India.

      As you aware that due to this achievements India attracted so many people and got invaded so many times, also we were under rule of Britishers/French/Dutch about 150 years, these foreigners made us poor and also took the treasure of knowledge from us, these are the some causes that we declined.

      • Kiran

        outsiders will always attack the weak link in any ‘family’ so we must only blame ourselves instead of the others….they are not there to do you any favours(not most of them anyway)

    • AK

      thanks to muslim invaders , who weaken the Indian empire by looting and killing 80 million hindus in the past 1400 yrs of our history, destroying our economy and knowledge


      to british who further looted what ever left in the country
      900 ships full of gold, silver , gems, diamonds , etc were looted
      from India

      now what ever u see is just the bones of a great empire
      on which our politicians are feeding

      our philosophy of live and let live and not to invade others was the cause of our shame full condition today

      if we didnt do the above

      we would have conquered the world

      but we remain civilized and the barbarians kept on looting us till date

  5. Anjay Murali

    indians are the rulers of the world

  6. AAAAAAAAAAhhhh………..

  7. vishu saraswat

    When i came to read these facts, i get proud of my country!!!!!!!!

  8. A great mathematician. Without the inventions the world would be different.

  9. Abhilash Sharma

    If these people have not contributed to these fields India would have then been a backward country like Africa.It would not have been standing anywhere and gain popularity.

  10. lovely!! i was finding an answer for an fb friend who pointed out that i shd give India’s present achievement against the historical list which i shared with my network on 26th 🙂 will forward your link to him..hope it will be of help to him…


    hi all

    it is not the thing what the Indian history did or discover how much we are successful in utilizing those thing, according the comment Indian discovered all the beautiful things but we are still poor and under developed country and we are blaming the politicians and constitution if u want to India to proud, stop the entertaining foreign culture and start with Indian old culture, and bring it with modern thought, it should be done with every Indian for his motherland that may be achievement of India

  12. I came this website to know about indian achievment for my project work nd when i read the whole things that was amazing.at last i would like 2 say that I’m proud 2 be indian.india is great.

  13. i m proud be an indian…i dnt knw these inventers and developer are indians nu…now i knw..we rule the world before no one speak………

  14. Indian pepole never give up n they try hard n hard till they have breath to solve the problem. Thanks to all legand They make me proud to be an “INDIAN”.A great salute to those pepole.

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  16. Dilpreet Singh

    proud to be an INDIAN…
    jai hind…

  17. Dilpreet Singh

    India-it’s achievements in 60 years of
    The foundation of independence laid before 150
    years in 1857, which is described As First War of
    Independence got success after 100 long years of
    struggle & On 15th August 1947 when a new
    Democratic country which has taken over the
    attention of the world with it’s principles of Non-
    violence & peace & above all had many
    challenges before it to stand in the world
    scenario. Today we have achieved a milestone by
    completing 60 years of independence. It’s now
    the time for everyone or every Indian to undergo
    self-introspection of the achievements we already
    made & also those that are to be still achieved.
    While talking of achievements we should have a
    look at the challenges that India had at it’s birth.
    We had problems of Social, economical, political
    etc . Partition of the country had serious
    consequences in the entire country. Country was
    experiencing violence, communal riots & a
    chaotic situation all over. First of all it needed a
    major attention to restore peace in the country to
    do anything else. On the economic front
    Britishers had exploited maximum resources of
    our country which is well explained by Dada Bhai
    Naoroji in his book titled ” drain of wealth”.
    Politically also we had to face many hurdles as
    we had no constitution , law of our own . The
    other most important thing was to establish a
    Democratic set up of Government in the country
    which at that time was felt almost impossible with
    diversified nature of India. So the country’s
    position was no less than a baby learning
    walking ,applying all trial & error methods. We
    will now examine how Country able to solve the
    above problems:
    First, the credit of restoring peace in the country
    goes to our first Prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal
    Nehru , who efficiently tackled this problem by
    using media to spread messages of peace & also
    deployed Army where the situations were serious.
    Second, getting India consolidated was not a
    simple task as many Princely states wanted to be
    independent but Sardar Vallabhai Patel with his
    great abilities able to convince all the States to
    join Indian federation which even involved at
    times to take up military help. But Patel emerged
    triumphant in this task. Third, framing of
    constitution, that took long time to get framed
    taking into consideration all aspects that suits
    India needs , incorporating the aspects needed
    for a holistic development of country in all fields
    of Social, economical & political. Thus country
    emerged as a republican country with it’s own
    constitution 7 ruling. Fourthly, at the time of
    independence there was a cold war between the
    super powers of World & it became a puzzle
    before the country as to which side it has to take,
    but again Nehru , in view not to take any side
    came up with a plan of Non-alignment which set
    another example of our peace loving & having
    friendly relations with all the countries. Last but
    not the least was the domestic social problems of
    unemployment, illiteracy, Self-sufficiency,
    poverty, poor health, communal disharmony etc
    which were all to be dealt with the same urgency.
    With all the above mentioned problems India
    struggled to make it’s own place in the world.
    Now we will have a brief glance at the glimpses of
    India’s achievements in various sectors:
    ” Self-reliance : India had to rely on other
    countries during the initial years of independence
    But with the major importance given to
    Agriculture we could able to achieve self-
    sufficiency in the agriculture sector. With the
    advent of Green Revolution we not only became
    self-reliant but also able to export many produce
    to different countries. Introduction of modern
    machinery, hybrid seeds etc has also contributed
    to the progress in this sector.
    ” Industry:
    India has achieved an enormous progress in this
    sector From Industrial policy of 1948 to today it’s
    been a long journey from extreme reliance on
    khadi & village industries to Heavy industries in
    all the sectors. The development of this sector is
    evident from the inflow of huge FDIs & FIIs in the
    country. Today we have industrialists like Azim
    Premji, Ambani’s who are competing with the
    world no.1 industrialists. Many industries of our
    country are getting global recognition.
    ” Services:
    Services is yet another sector which has placed
    India & Indian’s & their capabilities before the
    advent. Service sector especially with reference to
    BPO industry has reached the levels where we
    have left all the other countries behind. The
    contribution of this sector in GDP is growing day-
    ” Employment :
    The growth of Industry & Services sector has
    provided for huge employment opportunities to
    the youth, thus able to bring down the
    unemployment curve downwards. Self
    employment schemes like RGSRY, JRY etc have
    given new life to many people. Social
    ” Education :
    Education is the backbone of any country’s
    development. During the initial years of
    independence the percentage of literates were
    only 30% approx. Today we have got 65%
    literates and that too with enormous progress in
    the percentage of women education. Government
    has declared it a fundamental right to get free &
    compulsory education to all upto 14 years of age
    & introduced many schemes like Mid-day meal,
    sarva sikhsha abhiyaan etc .
    ” Women welfare:
    The status of women have improved a lot from
    just being a synonym for kitchen to the rulers of
    our country. Many policies have been introduced
    to protect women rights & enhance her dignity &
    self respect The amendment Acts of 73rd & 74th
    which deals with Panchayats & municipalities
    have taken the initiative to provide reservations to
    women . It is a sense of pride for India to have a
    Women president for the country at it’s 60 years
    anniversary, which Many countries including
    developed one’s have not yet reached this dignity
    of having women as their rulers.
    ” Weaker sections :
    As stated in the preamble of our constitution we
    have provided for equality to all in all sectors. We
    have declared right to equality as a fundamental
    right dealing with Articles 14-18 & have also
    provisions in Article 324 for sc’s & st’s. Providing
    reservations to the weaker classes made them to
    take up various activities in Government sectors
    & thus improved their life conditions to
    significant levels.
    ” Infrastructure: Roads, Railways,
    Communication systems have made significant
    progress in these 60 years. We have now able to
    connect several villages by road network . Golden
    Quadrilateral connecting all the four metropolis
    is a major project undertaken . Railways being the
    common man transport making profits &
    spreading all over the country connecting all the
    villages. Aviation & communication have also
    been on the lines of progress.
    ” Science & technology: From Aryabhatta in
    1970s we have achieved a distinguished position
    in the space technology , by launching several
    GSLVs, PSLVs, & Insat series vehicles which in
    turn have contributed for communication
    development of the country.In the field of
    medicine several vaccines been introduced to
    cure diseases & thus increased the average life
    expectancy of a person. Achievement in the IT
    sector with principle centres of Bengaluru &
    Hyderabad have made India a important hub of
    the world will be no exaggeration.
    ” Art , Sports : In the area of sports we have
    created several records. We have sports persons
    like Sania mirza, Rajya vardhan singh rathode ,
    Pankaj Advani, Anju B.George etc who have won
    several titles internationally. In the field of art
    Indian cinema is considered to be the huge
    industry which produces more than 5000 movies
    Political :
    ” Bilateral relations : India has good relations
    with all the countries of the world. India has
    always been a supporter of Peace & cooperation.
    During the initial years of independence there
    was a cold war between the then super powers
    USSR & USA. India cleared on it’s side that her
    motive is not be part of any of the super
    powers , , Instead to have good relations with all.
    The result is the existence of Non Alignment
    group formed by the then prime minister of the
    country Nehru. India has improved it’s relations
    even with our neighbour countries like Pakistan &
    china with whom we had wars earlier.
    Optimistically we may resolve all the issues soon.
    We have signed CECA with Singapore & soon will
    sign with Malaysia too & to be finalized Us nuke
    deal are big achievements for India.
    ” Aid to other countries : Apart from working on
    our own development India is aiding several
    countries in their development too. For eg.. India
    is aiding 53 Pan African countries in the areas of
    education & health , India also provided funds to
    several countries five year plans like Nepal etc. So
    from being a support receiver we have now
    become a support provider for many countries
    which in itself mention the development of the
    ” People’s participation : With the increased
    education levels among people , their
    participation , involvement & response to actions
    of government have increased thus

  18. om

    proud to be an indian

  19. shabaz pasha

    hi….We must be proud to be an Indian b’coz we are living in a country which is the biggest democracy in the world and is the 7th largest country in the world…..

  20. shabaz pasha

    India is no more an under-developed country, today it is standing in the first position among developing countries. Jai hind….long live india……jai bharat maata ki….

  21. Ashima malhotra

    Proud to be an indian, but still u need to work harder to build an educated society, eradicate superstitious thoughts, build practical knowledge, pure minds, women empowerment, as this doesnt express a single achievement of women. Hope to see a wealthy & intelligent india.

  22. j surju

    The real task at present is to create a cadre of accountable public representatives who must be instructed not to ignore the basic individual and social rigjts of all of the indian population equally. This must be predicated on an agreed revolutionary program designed to harness the resources both human and material for the betterment of society as a whole.

  23. Prince Shrivastava

    east or west we r da best…

  24. raju

    the only thing that i want to say is…….. JAI HIND

  25. Abhishek raj

    jai hind

  26. Nimish Shah

    I can’t accept this thing that as an indian is not to be proud for it

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  28. rav

    proud to be INDIAN

  29. abdul

    proudly say we indians!!!

  30. Vikram

    I don’t think ajem premji is the world’s third richest person ever

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  33. Sowmya Pillai

    India is only country with people of all religion and yet united….proud to be an Indian

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