India is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse nations in the world. Ace businessman Sanjay Dalmia is extremely proud of being born an Indian. According to the septuagenarian nationalist, ‘Indian’ is not just a nationality; it’s an honor. On being asked what makes India stand out, Mr Dalmia said, “An eternity would pass if we start discussing why India is different from other nations.”
Talking about the diversity in India, Sanjay Dalmia said, “India is a culturally, ethnically, linguistically and geographically diverse country. It has one of the oldest and richest cultures in the world, and this makes India a unique nation. Indian culture is an amalgamation of its age-old history, which dates back to the Stone Age, distinct geography and varied demographics. The extent of India’s great diversity of religious practices, languages, customs, and traditions could be measured by the fact that India is the only nation in the world that is home to over 1600 recognized languages and numerous dialects.”
He added, “‘Unity in Diversity’ is the mantra we Indians live by. Apart from the unique culture of each of the 29 states and 7 Union Territories, a varied geographical topography that includes snow-capped mountains, deserts, beaches and plains, India’s culinary diversity is coveted and loved all over the World.”
India leads the world not only on the cultural and geographical front, but also on the academic front, says Sanjay Dalmia. “World’s oldest university, Takshila University was established in 700 B.C., was in India. About 60 different subjects were taught there and more than 10,500 students from various parts of the planet enrolled themselves during the ancient times,” he said.
He continued, “Algebra, trigonometry and calculus originated in India and was there even before any other mathematician of the World. Quadratic equation was introduced by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. India has immensely contributed towards the field of mathematics and India is the land that invented the number zero, without which calculation s impossible. Even the place value and decimal was invented in India during 100 B.C. This is another reason to feel proud about being born in such a great nation.”
According to Sanjay Dalmia, India excels on the economic front as well. Apart from being the third largest economy in Asia, it is also the fourth largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). “India has faced several tribulations and yet stood firm through the tests of time. It has developed remarkably since the time of independence and continues foraying into new horizons, reminding the world that India is a power to reckon with, and always will be,” said Mr Dalmia.