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What Famous Foreigners said about INDIA ?

Updated on August 14, 2010

 India The land of genius and is Popularly known for its "UNITY IN DIVERSITY". Today India is one of the most powerful nations with emerging as the oldest competitor of the world.

Mark Twain

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Voltaire Francois

Geroge Bernard Shaw

1).Mark Twain(1835-1910)

“India is the land of religions, cradle of life human race , birth place of human speech, grand mother of legend, great grandmother of tradition. ”

  he is and American author.

2).Ralph waldo Emerson(1803-1882)

-American philosopher

“I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-Gita. It was the first of books; it was as if 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 wondered and thus disposed of  the same questions which exercise us.”

3). Albert Einstein

(Twentieth century’s Greatest brain)

“We owe a lot to the Indians who taught us to count through decimal system without which no worthwhile scientific Discovery could have been made.”

4). Voltaire Francois

-France’s greatest writer and philosopher.

“I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of Ganges,-Astronomy, Astrology, Metapsychosis , etc.”……  “It is very important to note that some 2,500 years ago at the least pythogoras went from samos to the Ganges to learn Geometry. But he would certainly not have undertaken such a strange journey had the reputation of the Brahmins’ science not been long established in Europe…”


5)George Bernard shaw (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. ”

Irish dramatist, Literary critic, socialist spokesman

6). H.G.Rawlinson writes


It is more likely pythogoras was more influenced by India than by Egypt. Almost all the theories, religions, Philosophical and Mathematics taught by Pythogoreans, were known in India in the sixth century B.C , and the pythogoreans , like the Jain's and the Buddhists, refrained from the destruction of life and eating meat and regarded certain vegetables such as beans as taboo”. “It seems that the so called Pythagorean theorem of the quadrature of the hypotenuse was already known to the Indians in the older vedic times, and thus before Pythogorus.



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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank you for sharing these intelligent thoughts and what a great hub!

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      I'm extremely ignorant when it comes to commenting on India, as I've never had the opportunity to visit this beautiful country. I don't have to go there to know that these people are special. Many people from the middle east own small hotels, grocery stores, gas stations, liquor stores, and so on here in the U.S.. Some of these people act with a superior attitude bordering rudeness. You know if they're from India the minute they speak. They are polite and have extremely good manners. I've always loved how beautifully they dress also. The decimal system was a contribution I had no Idea of, although I've always known that civalization began in this part of our planet. Beautiful people with brains too.


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      bharath.adupa 6 years ago from India

      we are proud to be a citizen of this great nation..

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      PierAllegro 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      To me it is just a great country ......

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I really enjoyed this. Great idea to let us read what some of the great writers and thinkers thought of India. India intrigues me.

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      graceomalley 6 years ago

      I spent the summer in India in 1982, when I was 14. Americans were not a common sight in India at that time. It was an amazing experience for a suburban teenager. I visited the Taj Mahal on a rainy day, and the grey sky was the loveliest background for its white marble. Photos always show it against a blue sky, and i think, 'It's even more beautiful in the rain.'

      Don't get me started about the British ripping off other cultures. I'm of Irish descent, and Ireland was a forested island until the English arrived and chopped down nearly all the trees. England ruled the world with its Navy - where did the wood for all those ships come from? As one old Irishman said, "The only reason we have rocks left in Ireland is the English couldn't think of a way to use them."

      I would say I am indebted to the English for coming up with teatime, but come to think of it, they got tea from China.

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      bharath.adupa 7 years ago from India

      Our is india is such a great country with vivid cultures and religions and our knowledge pool was taken by british and claiming as if they r great.

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      To add an anecdote: The English say that they invented Cricket but it started with "Gulli Danga" in India and thats why its a rage in India today!!

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      bharath.adupa 7 years ago from India

      Thankq and as an indian it is our duty to love our country and let the world know that india great.


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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      You make us proud with this hub!! Once Satyayug sets in again, India would be the tallest country in the World again!!

      Great hub .. Thumbs up!!

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      bharath.adupa 7 years ago from India

      thanq so much. I love my India and i was always wanted to do some thing for my india Thats my idea and published this hub.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great sayings - a nice Tribute to India.

      Shukria. :)

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      bharath.adupa 7 years ago from India

      Thanks buddy..........

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      theindianblues 7 years ago from Some where on the Globe

      Nice hub