Shocking facts about India

The data provided here is an attempt to accurately reflect reality without any sugar coating or bias. Most of this information is a sad reflection of certain aspects of the Indian state. Some of these figures are truly shocking and hopefully, this will trigger serious introspection amongst Indians, and be a catalyst for positive change. We do not vouch for the accuracy of this data which has been obtained from publicly available sources. We are welcome to be corrected and are also receptive to suggestions from our visitors.


  • Nearly half of India's 1.2 billion people have no toilet at home, but more people own a mobile phone, according to the recent data.
  • Only 46.9% of the 246.6 million households have lavatories while 49.8% defecate in the open. The remaining 3.2% use public toilets.
  • More than 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to toilets, one billion people practise open defecation -- about 600 million in India.
  • According to the 2011 census data on houses, household amenities and assets reveal that 63.2% of homes have a telephone.
  • About 77% of homes in the Jharkhand have no toilet facilities, while in Orissa it is 76.6% and 75.8% in Bihar.
  • More than half the population - 53.2% - have a mobile phone.
  • There has been a 16% rise in the number of homes with television sets, while the use of radios has declined by 15%.
  • New Delhi: It's easier to find cellphone coverage in the most backward villages of India than a proper toilet.
  • Just 366 million people - around a third of the population had access to proper sanitation in 2008.
  • According to the report, the rough cost of $300 to build a toilet, including labour, materials and advice.

Source: Census (2011)

Cases pending in Indian court
  • In India there are still 32 millions cases in high courts and subordinate courts across the country still pending in the past 11 years according to the official data.
  • According to the cases trackled
    • Gujarat's 61 fast track courts disposed of 434,296 cases.
    • Uttar Pradesh 153 courts decided on 411,658 cases.
    • Maharashtra's 51 courts concluded hearing of 381,619 cases.
    • 84 courts in Madhya Pradesh decided 317,363 cases.
    • 49 courts of Tamil Nadu heard 371,336 cases.
  • During the time of central funding of fast-track courts, between 2000 to 2011, Bihar ran the maximum number of such courts, 179. This also resulted in the disposal of a large number of pending cases in the state -- 159,105 cases till March 2011.
  • As per December 2012, there are at least 27.6 million cases pending in subordinate courts while 4.4 million are pending in various high courts.

Source: New Indian Express (December 2013)

Ease of doing business ranks economies from 1 to 189, with first place being the best. A high ranking (a low numerical rank) means that the regulatory environment is conducive to business operation.
Ease of doing business
Serial no. Country Ease of doing business
1   United states 4
2   United Kingdom 10
3   Germany 21
4   Japan 27
5   France 38
6   China 96
7   Pakistan 110
8   Brazil 116
9   Bangladesh 130
10   India 100

Source: Worldbank data (As of 2017)

Renewable internal freshwater resources flows refer to internal renewable resources (internal river flows and groundwater from rainfall) in the country. Renewable internal freshwater resources per capita are calculated using the population estimates.
Cubic kms: The volume of a cube of side length one kilometre (1000 m). 1 km3 = 1000000000 m3 = 1 TL
Per capita freshwater resources
Serial no. Country Per capita freshwater available (cubic meters)
1   Brazil 27,512
2   United states 9,044
3   Japan 3,364
4   France 3,061
5   United Kingdom 2,292
6   China 2,093
7   Germany 1,308
8   India 1,184
9   Bangladesh 687
10   Pakistan 312

Source: Worldbank data (As of 2011)

Police officers per 100,000 people
Serial no. Country Police officers per 100,000 people
1   France 356
2   United Kingdom 307
3   Germany 296
4   Brazil 282
5   United states 245
6   Pakistan 207
7   Japan 197
8   India 130
9   China 120
10   Bangladesh 83
Source: Wikipedia (As of 2006)

Physicians per 1,000 people
Serial no. Country Physicians per 1,000 people
1   Germany 3.7
2   France 3.4
3   United Kingdom 2.7
4   United states 2.4
5   Japan 2.3
6   China 1.8
7   Brazil 1.8
8   Pakistan 0.8
9   India 0.6
10   Bangladesh 0.3
Source: Worldbank data (2010)

Hospital beds include inpatient beds available in public, private, general, and specialized hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
Hospital beds for every 1,000 people
Serial no. Country Hospital beds for every 1,000 people
1   Japan 13.7
2   Germany 8.2
3   France 6.4
4   China 3.8
5   Brazil 2.3
6   India 0.7
7   United Kingdom 2.9
8   United states 2.9
9   Bangladesh 0.6
10   Pakistan 0.6
Source: Worldbank data (As of 2009-2011)
Rank Description
100 Ease of Business, Ranking out of 190 countries says world bank. Up 30 places from last year
122 Out of 155 countries in the UN'S world happiness index, a consideration of emotional well-being
143 Out of 186 countries in the conservative us think tank the heritage foundations economic freedom index
131 Out of 188 countries in the UN's human development index. A rank considered medium. up from low in 1990s
136 Press freedom, ranking out of 180 countries by reporters without borders
79 Out of 176 contries in transparency international's corruption perception index 2016. 1 for 'Bribery Rate' among 16 Asia-pacific Nations
92 Out of 118 countries in the school insead's global talent index measuring ability to grow, attract and retain highly skilled workers
Source: India Today data (As of 2017)
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