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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Dramatic statistics about India

Here are some interesting stats on India, thanks to Mira Kamdar's new book, "Planet India: How the Fastest Growing Democracy is Transforming America and the World
(you'll find them on the back cover)

India is the world's fourth-largest economy.

By 2034, India will be the most populous country on Earth, with 1.6 billion people.

India's middle class is already larger than the entire population of the United States.

One out of three of the world's malnourished children live in India.

India is home to the biggest youth population on earth: 600 million people are under the age of 25.

72,000,000 cell phones will be sold in India in 2007.

India just edged past the United States to become the second-most-preferred destination for foreign direct investment after China.

In 1991, Indians purchased 150,000 automobiles; in 2007, they are expected to purchase 10 million.

By 2008, India's total pool of qualified graduates will be more than twice as large as China's.

By 2015, an estimated 3.5 million white-collar U.S. jobs will be offshored.
India is the largest arms importer in the developing world.

American corporations expect to earn $20 to $40 billion from the civilian nuclear agreement with India.

In 2007, there are 2.2 million Indian Americans, a number expected to double every decade.

Twenty-nine percent of India's population speaks English - that's 350 million people.


  1. Nice post, Simran

    Many of the trends are worrying.

    I like that fact that we have the highest number of young people in the world - wish we can use all that energy to rock the world!

    copywriter, journalist, advertising blogger

  2. Thanks Farrukh. Yes, they sure are worrisome.

    It would be interesting to see if you could harness all that energy to do so.