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India is the world's largest, oldest, continuous civilization.

India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.

India is the world's largest democracy.

Varanasi, also known as Benares, was called "the ancient city" when Lord

Buddha visited it in 500 B.C.E, and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.

India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.

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

Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages. Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software - a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987.

Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago. Today Ayurveda is fast regaining its rightful place in our civilization.

Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development, India was the richest country on earth until the time of British invasion in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus was attracted by India's wealth.

The art of Navigation was bornin the river Sindhu 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from Sanskrit 'Nou'.

Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: (5th century) 365.258756484 days.

The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.

Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. Quadratic equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10**53(10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 BCE during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Tera 10**12(10 to the power of 12).

IEEE has proved what has been a century old suspicion in the world scientific community that the pioneer of wireless communication was Prof. Jagdish Bose and not Marconi.

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

According to Saka King Rudradaman I of 150 CE a beautiful lake called Sudarshana was constructed on the hills of Raivataka during Chandragupta Maurya's time.

Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India.

Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted complicated surgeries like cesareans, cataract, artificial limbs, fractures, urinary stones and even plastic surgery and brain surgery.

Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India. Over 125 surgical equipment were used. Deep knowledge of anatomy, physiology, etiology, embryology, digestion, metabolism, genetics and immunity is also found in many texts.

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

The four religions born in India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world's population.

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

India is one of the few countries in the World, which gained independence without violence.

India has the second largest pool of Scientists and Engineers in the World.

India is the largest English speaking nation in the world.

India is the only country other than US and Japan, to have built a super computer indigenously.

Famous Quotes on India (by non-Indians)

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

Mark Twain said: India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.

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

Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA said: India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.

Facts to make every Indian proud

Q. Who is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems?

A. Vinod Khosla

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 Aziz 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 GM of Hewlett Packard?

A. Rajiv Gupta

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, Mckensey & Stanchart?

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

We Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America, even

faring better than the whites and the natives.

There are 3.22 millions of Indians in USA (1.5% of population)

Proud to be an Indian....... Jai INDIA

Love India... Serve India...

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Just as India’s culture is, its geography too is varied and diverse. Right from the snowy mountains in the north to dense forests in the south and arid deserts in the west, India offers it all. With a coastline of 7000 km., India is a peninsular country which protrudes in the deep indian ocean. India is surrounded by Arabian sea on one side and Bay of Bengal on the other.

The geography of ancient India included Pakistan and Bangladesh which later became separate nations after the Indian independence. India is now bordered by Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh. Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia are island nations that are to the south of India. Sri Lanka is separated from India by a channel of sea formed by Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar. Independent India is divided into 28 states and seven union territories.

Most of the northern, central, and eastern India are occupied by the fertile Indo-Gangetic Plain making it ideal for production of many food grains. The Deccan Plateau occupies most of southern India while the Thar desert is towards the west. India's east and northeastern border consists of the high Himalayan range. In fact, India can be divided into seven physiographic regions such as the Himalayas and the northeast mountain ranges, Indo-Gangetic plains, Central Highlands, Thar Desert, Deccan Plateau, West Coast, East Coast and seas and islands.

India is one of the nations having nine major mountain ranges with peaks over 1,000 m The Himalayas are the only mountain ranges in India to have snow-capped peaks. Some of the famous mountain ranges in India are Himalayas, Aravalli Range, Vindhya Range, Eastern Ghats, Patkai range, Sahyadri, Satpura Range, Karakoram and the Kunlun range. India has two major offshore islands namely; the Lakshadweep islands and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands both of which are administered by the Union government of India. Some of the major rivers in India are Indus, Ravi, Jhelum, Chenab, Sutlej, Beas, Ganga, Chambal, Yamuna, Gomti, Bhramaputra, Krishna, Kaveri, Narmada, Tapi, Godavari and Mahanadi.

The geography and climate of India is so varied that it cannot be generalized as its changes from region to region. The seasons of India is mainly defined by summer, rainy and winter. The most pleasant time to visit India is during winters. India’s northern plains are the first to experience summer during the end of March and it builds up in the month of April, May and June. During June, the temperature soars up to almost 45 degree Celsius. The southern India experiences hot and humid climate during this month.

In terms of geography, India is one of the most feasible countries to travel especially with its good road and rail facilities that connect so many places. In India geography, ethnicity, languages, cultures and habits of people are in sync with itself. With each different state of India, one will notice a new culture and a new language. The geography of India truly makes it a favorable tourist destination

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The Indian economy is finally overcoming some of the obstacles that have traditionally been cumbersome to growth and today, India’s economic growth rate is among the fastest in the world, based largely on a flair for information technology and knowledge-based industries.

As a result, India is providing an IT workforce for high tech companies around the world and is gradually on the path to becoming the “knowledge center” for the global technology economy.

Most of us know this, but here are 15 facts that you may not know. These facts are as of December 06, so some of them might have changed, especially number 6. If you have recent information, leave a comment and I will add it to the list:

India is one of only three countries that makes supercomputers (the US and Japan are the other two).

India is one of six countries that launches satellites.

The Bombay stock exchange lists more than 6,600 companies. Only the NYSE has more.

Eight Indian companies are listed on the NYSE; three on the NASDAQ.

By volume of pills produced, the Indian pharmaceutical industry is the world’s second largest after China.

India has the second largest community of software developers, after the U.S.

India has the second largest network of paved highways, after the U.S.

India is the world’s largest producer of milk, and among the top five producers of sugar, cotton, tea, coffee, spices, rubber, silk, and fish.

100 of the Fortune 500 companies have R&D facilities in India.

Two million people of Indian origin live in the U.S.

Indian-born Americans are among the most affluent and best educated of the recent immigrant groups in the U.S.

Thirty percent of the R&D researchers in American pharmaceutical companies are Indian Americans.

Nearly 49% of the high-tech startups in silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. are owned by Indians or Indian-Americans.

India sends more students to U.S. colleges than any country in the world. In 2004-2005, over 80,000 Indian students entered the U.S. China sent only 65,000 students during the same time.

In a case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, an Indian-American woman scientist, Dr. Ananda Chakrabaty, won the argument that persons may be granted patents for useful manufacture of living organisms. She defeated the U.S. Patent Office, that argued that living things may not be patented, thus establishing the legal foundation for the biotech industry, (Diamond vs. Chakrabaty, 1980). Dr. Chakrabaty invented a microbe that eats oil spills

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"The market outlook for renewable energies in India is extremely positive and we see huge potential for the wind and solar business in the near future."

Dr Armin Bruck

Managing Director

Siemens

"The Indian market has a lot of potential for us."

Harald Kruger

Head of Human Relations Management

BMW

"India is our most dynamic market anywhere in the world."

John S Hamilton

President and Chief Executive Officer

Electro-Motive Diesel Inc

"We remain bullish on the domestic growth outlook in India."

Fan Cheuk Wan

MD, Head of Research Asia Pacific, Private Banking Division

Credit Suisse

"There is huge potential for growth in India, explosive growth."

Marc Benioff

Chairman and CEO

Salesforce.com inc

"India is a key market for us."

Tom Nordstrom

Vice-President and Executive Director

KWH Mirka Ltd

"India would play an important role in working out cost efficient ways of developing new drugs..."

Stephen Cutler

Kendle

COO

"India accounts for nearly 50% of our global revenues."

Peter Blackmore

CEO, UTStarcom

"India is an important destination for the company."

Amadou Diallo

CEO-South Asia Pacific

DHL Global Forwarding

"I have been a great believer in the India growth story."

Wilfried Aulbur

Mercedes Benz India

MD & CEO

"India is our fastest growing market."

J S Shin

CEO

Samsung, SW Asia

"India has a huge opportunity to become a food basket for the world."

Scott Price

President and CEO

Wal-Mart Asia

"We will make India the export hub for LG."

Moon Bum Shi

Managing Director

LG Electronics India

"India is special in terms of existing opportunities and market potential."

Patrick Doyle

Global Chief Executive Officer

Domino's Pizza Inc

"We are one of the two market leaders in India.... The growing residential segment has been a big part of our growth."

Matti Alahuhta

President and CEO

Kone Corporation

"India offers unlimited potential and is growing rapidly."

H. Tanigawa

Managing Director

Bridgestone India Private Limited

"Within Cisco, now we recognise that India is an innovation centre for what we call smart connect communities."

Wim Elfrink

Executive Vice-President

Cisco Services

"India is one of the markets of prime importance to us and Etios is a massive product for us globally."

Kazuo Okamoto

Chairman

Toyota

"India offers a new and promising market for our innovations and products."

Hans-Matthias Vorbrodt

Managing Director

Orgentis Chemicals Ltd

"I am looking for long term in India. We took off here last decade. We source 75 per cent of our components from vendors, and will source more from India."

Louis R Chenevert

President and CEO

United Technologies Corporation (UTC)

"India is an integral part of Honeywell's global growth strategy and is a critical manufacturing location."

Shane Tedjarati

President and CEO (China and India)

Honeywell

"India is a very important market for Ford Motor company. We are here in a big way. We are doubling our plant capacity in Chennai."

Mark Bentley

Manager

Ford Global Licensing

"We see a huge growth potential in India, be it warehousing and distribution, or even freight business or express business."

Frank Appel

Global CEO

DHL

"The global market is shifting towards smaller cars and India has a predominant advantage with a 70% market for compact cars. With Figo, we plan to get a larger chunk of the premium hatchback market, both in India and overseas."

Alan Mulally

President and CEO

Ford Motor

"A quarter of our Asia Pacific installation has happened in India. The booming medical business and the population of the country make it a potential market for our technology-enabled surgical solutions."

Stefan Vilsmeier

President and Chief

Executive Officer BrainLAB

"Given the rapid development of India's economy and infrastructure, this is exactly the right time to bring the world's greatest motorcycle to one of the world's largest motorcycling nations."

Matthew Levatich

President and COO

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

"India would remain one of Nokia's top growth markets, as 81% of the country's mobile users were in urban areas and they were driving demand for high-end phones."

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

Global CEO

Nokia Corporation

"The Indian market is at the cusp of a revolution in packaged beverages. As a general rule, we expect India to outgrow the world average; outgrow Eurasia and the Africa group... We would be happy to see India among our top five global businesses."

Ahmet C Bozer

President, Eurasia and Africa

Coca-Cola

"India has taken its place in the world economy. A lot of them (Indian companies) can be global companies. You already have them in cars and autos, in electronics and systems."

Jamie Dimon

Chairman and CEO

JP Morgan

"We are looking at sourcing as much as we can from India and are studying the possibility of setting up an engine facility at the second plant near Bangalore."

Hiroshi Nakagawa

Managing Director

Toyota Kirloskar Motor

"India is a long-term investment for us and we are keen on building the supply chain."

Herve Clec'h

Managing Director

Carrefour WC&C India

"India is much less affected (by the global slowdown) than other global markets and represents a huge opportunity to not only grow sales in India, but even develop products..."

Gottfried Dutine

Executive Vice-President

Philips, The Netherlands

"We have been sourcing services and components out of India since 1998. On an average, we have grown the sourcing volume by about 10 per cent per year."

Wilfried Aulbur

Managing Director and CEO

Mercedes Benz India

"Compared to China, India has a much stronger and self-sufficient skill base... India is truly the powerhouse of the future."

Michael Maedel

President

JWT Worldwide

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"Chennai-Bangalore can be Detroit of South India."

Hiroshi Nakagawa

Managing Director

Toyota Kirloskar Motor

"Given the cost advantage and other positive options, GM will look at exporting engines as well as cars out of India to global markets."

Karl Slym

President and Managing Director

GM India

"If you have tracked the life insurance sector in India so far, you will realise that it has immense growth potential. Last year, the industry witnessed almost 100% growth."

William J Toppeta

President

MetLife International

"India is a market with enormous potential... It is a more integrated economy today and being in the country was, therefore, an easy decision to make."

Joe Saddi

Chairman

Booz & Co

"We think the growth story in India remains and is still domestic driven to a certain degree. ...India appears to be on a stronger footing in the emerging market space."

Christopher Knight

Head-India Equity

JP Morgan

"There are enormous opportunities to be tapped in India... The market here is good for both topline growth and profitability..."

Andrew Moss

Group Chief Executive

Aviva plc

"In India, the watch segment has grown by almost 30 per cent on an annualised basis. Currently, it is among the top 15 markets for us. In the next few years, it will be among the top four to five markets."

Jean-Christophe Babin

President and CEO

Tag Heuer

"Clinical services are now a global opportunity for India with a strong competitive edge based on speed and quality of clinical development."

Dr Wolfgang Beier

CEO

Oncology Services Europe

"India is a fantastic opportunity. It is an opportunity as a market, it's an opportunity as a talent base... I am very positive about what as a company we can do in India."

Ben Verwaayen

Chief Executive Officer

Alcatel Lucent SA

"Much of the world is flat or declining. Only India is growing."

Daniel J Magoon

Director

Indian Business Development, Transportation and Security Solutions

Lockheed Martin

We recognised India as the land of opportunities and are delighted being partners with the well-known Future Group for operations in India.

Mr Faisal Al Bannai

Founder

Axiom Telecom

"We see India as a huge market for our business. We are strong in transport, shipping, aircraft, energy, logistics and infrastructure financing. And these are areas where there is strong demand in India."

Dr Hannes Rehm

Chairman

Board of Management

Norddeutsche Landesbank

"India is a big market for the future for Lamborghini. It is a big country and (buyers)... are becoming more open to buying ultra luxury high-style brands like ours."

Enrico Maffeo

Global Director of Sales and Customer Service

Lamborghini

"It (India) is the most important market and is going to be among the five biggest in the world... Every major auto maker - be it Chinese, Korean, European or Japanese - will come to grab a share of this market."

Hiroshi Nakagawa

Managing Director

Toyota Kirloskar Motor

"We cannot remain a global industry leader without a strong presence in India,"

Karl Slym

Head, GM India

When we look at markets in India, the growth prospects over the near, medium, and longer term are excellent and there are going to be great opportunities as a result. With regard to the opportunities that we see in India, our global capabilities match very well with the business here.

Brady W Dougan

CEO

Credit Suisse Group

We have been in India since 2001 with our Skoda (VW's Czech subsidiary) cars, and our current sales figures imply 69 per cent growth in volume sales in India, which is a very important market for us. Now, we believe, is the right time to expand.... India has a very skilled workforce.

Jochem Heizmann

Member

Volkswagen Management Board

We have concrete business plans for Indian market and and within next 5 years, India will be a strong contributors to Renault's global business.

Sylvain Bilaine

Managing Director

Renault India

India today is not an emerging economy. It has fully emerged, and it is in full bloom.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

President and CEO

Nokia

The real interest in India is to find the next practice. To find the unexplored innovative idea - one that can change the game.

Bill McDermott

President and CEO

SAP

You can't be global without being in India - with its large number of highly skilled, motivated and knowledgeable people.

Tom Enders

CEO and President

Airbus

India is one of the hotspots of the world ... opening up to new ideas and investments and the people are increasingly getting interested in Western fashion.

Patrice de Place

President

Artistic Committee

Mod'Art International, Paris

Nowhere in the world has retail fallen into the consumers' lap like it has in India.

B S Nagesh

Customer Care Associate and Managing Director

Shoppers Stop

When you are here (India) you see the energy, the sharpness of the people and their passion for learning. You want to be in that environment. This is one of the best places to work in the world today.

Katherine Hegmman

Senior Executive

IBM

Five years ago, industrial customers expected delivery once a day; now they demand 20 ... they expected six new products to be developed in a year; today they expect 11.

Surinder Kapur

CMD

Sona Koyo Steering Systems Limited

India is the future and the future is here. Critical operations are happening here.

Anil Menon

Vice-President, Channels, Marketing and Ecosystems

IBM Software

The demand is so much that I am unable to keep pace with the orders. People just walk in and want to buy one of the (Mercedes) models.

Manjit Singh Bala

Managing Director

Tai-Pan Motors

Unlike the past when a typical Merc owner (in India) would get the first car after he turned 45, now it is typically 35 to 37.

Suhas Kadlaskar

Head, Corporate Affairs

DaimlerChrysler India

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India is a long-term bet with stability ... China is a short-term bet with volatility.

Stefan Krause

Head of Sales and Marketing

BMW AG

India is on a roll and we are happy to be rolling with India.

Arun Sarin

CEO

Vodafone

We've got to get them (India) on local products as well as doing global products because we need to understand that game.

Rick Wagoner

Chairman

General Motors

The thumb rule is to have 30 per cent localisation and global content ... to succeed here (in India) is to have a 'global brand with local heart'

Muktesh Pant

Chief Marketing Officer

Yum! Restaurants International

India is going to be a refining and petrochemical hub. The country's largest forex earnings are going to be from export of refined products.

Carlos A Cabrera

President and CEO

UOP - a Honeywell company

We know the (Indian) market is going to explode but we can't say when.

Dr Hector Ruiz

Chairman and CEO

Advanced Micro Devices

We want to give Indian investors an opportunity to be a part of the world's largest steel company and would like to list Arcelor-Mittal in India.

LN Mittal

President and CEO

Arcelor-Mittal

I believe that India's growth is on the runway, ready to take off.

Andrew Holland

Managing Director

DSP Merrill Lynch

India, with a population of 1.1 billion, and a middle class that is larger than the entire population of US, is one of the world's largest untapped markets.

Satveer Chaudhary

Senator

Minnesota

India is the fastest growing and highest revenue-generating market of the 13 economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Randall Stephenson

CEO

AT&T

Here in India and Asia the evolution has reached revolution. In a good sense.

John Dooner

Chairman & CEO

McCann Worldgroup

India is the fastest growing and highest revenue-generating market of the 13 economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Randall Stephenson

CEO

AT&T

India is a very exciting market and the luxury car segment is growing exponentially here.

Mr Paul de Voijs

Managing Director

Volvo Car India

I have never seen India so dynamic, vibrant and full of business opportunities.

Peter Loescher

President and Chief Executive

Siemens

Now things have changed - many Indians educated and working in America are returning to India because India has changed. India is the new land of opportunities.

Bala V Balachandran

Padma Shri awardee

Distinguished professor, Kellogg School of Management, Chicago

Our relations with India are stronger than ever, bilateral trade is improving, an increasing number of Indian students are coming to the UK.

Gordon Brown

Prime Minister

Britain

Indian companies have a responsibility now as the whole world is looking to India.

Ibukun Adebayo

Head - India Business Development

Alternative Investment Market (of the London Stock Exchange)

India is an interesting combination - world class talent that can speak English and a strong technological expertise.

Tony Wright

Chairman

Lowe Worldwide

India is clearly the rising star of the direct marketing world.

Rory Sutherland

Jury President, Lions

Direct, Cannes Lions; and Vice Chairman,

Ogilvy Group UK

I can foresee a day when Finland could begin importing mobile phones from India.

Matti Pietarinen

Deputy Director General

Finnish Ministry of Trade and Industry

What's struck me is the energy and restless ambition in India. You can actually, tangibly feel the drive...

Peter Knapp

Executive Creative Director

Landor Associates

India is light years ahead in terms of the market potential and the potential for the company (Boeing) to come together as an enterprise and grow.

Q.R. Thomas

President

Boeing India

We are also looking to source more (auto) parts out of India for our global operations.

Rick Wagoner

Chairman and CEO

General Motors

India is a very important market for 3i... We see attractive investment opportunities here and we want to be in the forefront.

Chris Rowlands

Managing Partner, Asia

3i

'Indian market is unique in the sense you have so many different segments and levels of usage.'

John Gierre

Chief marketing officer

Alcatel-Lucent

"With the Indian economy showing 8-9 per cent growth over the years, more and more Japanese investors are becoming keen to invest in this emerging market."

Yoshihiro Hasegawa

Chief Representative

Daiwa Securities SMBC Co Ltd

The Indian economy has had sustained growth at 9 per cent which is generating practical outcomes for Australia.

Warren Truss

Minister for Trade

Australia

I am returning from India with great enthusiasm. India has made solid progress on two counts - savings and FDI.

Stephen S Roach

Chief Economist

Morgan Stanley

With markets so exciting here, one may ask why invest abroad.

Richard C. Wastcoat

Managing Director

Fidelity Investments International, UK

This (Indian telecom sector) is growing phenomenally and I do not see an end to it.

Mats Granryd

Managing Director

Ericsson India

One of the fastest growing economies in the world, India is an excellent country for any company to be in.

Kensaku Konishi

President and Chief Executive Officer

Canon India

We want to grow in a big way in India.

Ditlev Engel

VP-sales

President and CEO

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

India's booming economy, new premium Vista platform, its IT industry - all this is good news for channels and therefore for us, too.

Bernherd Gleissner

VP-sales

EMEA & India, Nvidia

Because of the dynamism of the (Indian) economy, there is a very optimistic view of the direction of the country.

Lee Howell, World Economic Forum

With India being the fastest-growing mobile market in the world, providing a rich set of online services for mobile subscribers is more important than ever.

Steve Ballmer

CEO, Microsoft

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India is a hub of technology innovation and talent, thus it is critical that we continue to expand our portfolio companies' presence in the region.

Terry Garnett

Managing Director, Garnett & Helfrich Capital

"Our stake in IDFC underlines our interest in the fast growing infrastructure sector in India and allows us to participate through an investment in the largest infrastructure finance company in India."

Robert Morrice

Chairman & CEO of Barclays Asia-Pacific

India's rapid growth rates and its "large pool of educated and skilled English-speaking workers" make it an attractive partner.

Sajjad Karim

UK Member of the European Parliament

The state (Tamil Nadu) offers an exceptional work force and unique strategic-investment zone.

Paul-Henri Ferrand

Vice President

(South Asia)

Dell

India is now truly a land of opportunity.

John Redwood

Economic Competitiveness Policy Group, UK

"If you put one dollar in the US, you may get two dollars in three years. But if you put the same dollar in India, there is a high chance of getting three dollars."

Wayne W Tosu

Managing Director

Carlyle Group

"The market is being opened from a great country."

Nasdaq

CEO, Bob Greifield after Infosys remotely rang the opening bell for Nasdaq on July 31, 2006

"In terms of emphasis on private sector growth, the growth achieved by India is very impressive."

Yasheng Huang

Associate Professor

MIT Sloan School of Management

"You must give an accolade to the Indian Government, and just how hard they are trying. Their ministers are both present, visible and accessible, particularly Kamal Nath, which is quite unusual."

Sir David Wright

Vice Chairman

Barclays Capital

referring to WEF events at Davos and Tokyo

"There is much interest in the UK from Indian firms."

Anuj Chandem

International business partner

Grant Thornton

"India is an important market for us"

Dr Dieter Zetsche

Chairman,

DaimlerChrysler AG and Head of the Mercedes Car Group

"The fact that India is a moving market and we have a large fleet there, makes sense that there should be a servicing centre there."

Gustav Humbert

CEO

Airbus

"The Indian market has two core advantages - an increasing presence of multinationals and an upswing in the IT exports."

Travyn Rhall,

Managing Director, (customised research services)

Asia-Pacific

ACNielsen

"On a longer-term, we are positive on India. We will keep our overweight position in India."

Grant Yun Cheng

Senior Portfolio Manager

Allianz Global Investors

"We are very bullish on the Indian market. We already have relationships with a variety of companies in the areas of aviation-related software development and back office."

James McNerney

Chairman, President & CEO

The Boeing Company

"Like people study political science, culture, public health, economics, law and medicine, students in Harvard will now study India as a subject."

Lawrence Summers

President

Harvard University

"India is an important growth destination and the group is keeping a long-term view in sight."

Michel Tilman

Chairman

ING Group

"Our (India and US) relations ship has never been better. We will work together. There is no limit to what we can achieve."

George W Bush

President

United States

'India's no-nonsense budget deserves top marks.'

Andy Mukherjee

Columnist

Bloomberg

"Indian players are becoming very competitive players in Europe as well."

Bernd Schuler

Partner

3i Germany

"We will be investing one of our biggest amounts in the Indian market this year and a part of the investment will be used for developing new products and technologies."

Stefano Pelle

MD

Perfetti Van Melle

"India's unprecedented economic growth over the past decade makes it an attractive prospect for companies seeking new markets for their products and services..."

Bertie Ahern

Prime Minister

Ireland

"India has top engineers and it also produces a large number of engineers every year."

Uri Ben-Ari

Executive VP (Marketing)

Ness Technologies

"India has evolved into one of the world's leading technology centres."

Craig Barrett

Chairman

Intel Corporation

"India has a fantastic pool of software professionals. The world needs to benefit from this."

Bill Gates

Microsoft Chairman

"India is one of our biggest markets in the whole world."

Tony Wright

CEO

Lowe Worldwide

"This market (India) is critical to our plans for building a Ford Motor Co. for the 21st century."

Bill Ford

Chairman and CEO

Ford Motor Company

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"Through the wisdom of its government leaders and the entrepreneurship of its private sector, India has risen to become a major force in the global economy."

Mr John Chambers

President and CEO

Cisco Systems Inc

"We are very bullish on our growth prospects in India."

Charles Prince

CEO

Citigroup

"India, which is known for its globally recognised IT resources, can contribute substantially towards the success of our future projects."

Shaikh Ahmed bin Ateyatallah al Khalifa

Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs

Bahrain

"I put India on the top priority market among emerging markets."

Yuanquing Yang

Chairman

Lenovo

"...India (is), the most promising and dynamic economies of the world. In this day and age of globalisation, ...Scandinavian corporate leaders feel that, more than ever, it is of utmost importance to get to know industrial and political leaders in a country of India's stature."

Marcus Wallenberg

Chairman of the Board

SEB

On a recent visit to India along with a CEOs delegation of top Swedish companies

"Australian retailers are increasingly diversifying their buying of apparel and garments from China to India."

Sarat Chandran

Director

Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce

"India has just opened up and so offers a good potential for volume growth."

K Y Lee

Chairman and CEO

BenQ

"Socially and economically, India is developing at a galloping pace when compared to the rest of the world."

Mr Sarang Panchal

Executive Director

ACNielsen South Asia

"Indian companies are using UK as a door to other European countries and are also using it as a base to provide services in the US and South Africa."

Mark Dolan

Deputy Director

Inward Investment

"We came into India wanting to make it a hub for all the products that we are producing there including the supplier base. I'm pleased with the progress."

Mr Leif Johansson

President and CEO

AB Volvo

"This is a watershed year in US-India relations. We have been talking, and working, about a strategic partnership. Now is the time to make it happen."

Christina Rocca

US Assistant Secretary of State

"India has become a key market for many information communication technology products made in the US, while the US is an important consumer of Indian IT-enabled services."

US State Department

during the launch of the India-US CEO's Forum

"India on its way to becoming IT, manufacturing kingdom of the world."

Mr Yasukuni Enoki

Japanese Ambassador to India

"The demand which we are observing in India is one of the highest growth rates in the world today."

Dinesh Keskar

VP Sales

Boeing Corporation

"Indian markets are gaining depth by the day, more instruments, more shorting possibilities."

Christoph Avenarius

Senior analyst

Credit Suisse Alternative Investments

"The dynamism shown by India in the last 15 years is phenomenal."

Paul Wolfowitz

President

World Bank

"India as a country is in a mode of capital consumption. Investors will now start looking for proxies that will reflect the India growth story."

K Ramakrishnan

CEO

Spark Capital Advisors

"We have been bullish on India for a long time."

Donald Peck,

Managing partner

Actis

"Never were our relations ever more exciting."

Tony Blair,

Prime Minister of Britain,

on India-UK relations

"We are delighted and impressed with the growth we have been able to achieve in this country. India is a key node in Accenture's global delivery network."

Mr Karl-Heinz Floether

Group Chief Executive (Technology and Delivery)

Accenture

"India is a rising economic influence of power in the international system. It's a great multiethnic democracy."

Condoleezza Rice

US Secretary of State

"...this is the right time to invest in India and we will be bold on the market here."

Jeffrey Immelt

CEO and Chairman

GE Worldwide

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"India will continue to be an exciting investment destination for FIIs... The big driver for the markets will be a sustained growth in the economy of around 7 per cent."

Hemendra Kothari

Chairman

DSP Merrill Lynch

"Higher level of acquisitions is a reflection of the business confidence. Acquisitions are likely to rise next year. A big component would be Indian companies acquiring companies overseas."

Ravi Menon

Director and Co-head for Investment Banking

HSBC Securities

"FDI will continue to be encouraged and actively sought, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, high technology and exports."

P. Chidambaram

Minister

Government of India

"The Indian middle class is easier to target because people understand English and have a western orientation...in China, it's a longer slog"

Rory Cowan

President, Lionbridge Technologies

in Business 2.0 (July 2004)

"Not only are there brilliant engineers here [in India], I've been seeing that the entrepreneurial spirit of the businesses is second to none." Mike S. Zafirovski

President and Chief Operating Officer

Motorola Inc.

"The revenue growth from India is the fastest among all the markets we are present in."

Lex Kloosterman

CEO (private clients/new growth markets)

ABN Amro Bank NV

"India Inc is emerging bigger, faster and stronger. India is also fast becoming the world's knowledge centre and back office. I believe India will continue to outshine others for some time to come."

Vishesh Chandiok

International Practice Partner

Grant Thornton, India

"India is now being seen as a country that can both benefit and help because of its growing relations with the Southeast Asian neighbours and partners".

Sunil Kant Munjal

President

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

"There is a broad recognition of the enormous benefits flowing from greater integration between India and ASEAN.... The India-ASEAN Car Rally...will dramatically symbolize the effort to forge new linkages, while embodying the spirit of our cooperation."

Dr. Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister of India

"In coming three years India is the third most favoured investment destination for Japanese investors. More than eighty per cent of prospective Japanese investors cited India's huge market and its growth potential as the biggest drivers for investment."

Japan Bank for International Co-operation

"India has seen an explosion of its middle classes over the last few years with an emerging generation of highly educated young workers earning higher incomes than ever before. This has driven massive growth in domestic consumption and if you combine this with the boom in the pharmaceutical industry and government spending on infrastructure, India reveals itself as the one of the most attractive growth stories in the investment world right now."

Arun Mehra

Head of Investment Strategy

Fidelity India

"India's ability to draw heavyweight investors like Temasek and the speed with which they are moving is a signal that the Subcontinent continues to be an attractive investment for those taking a long view and seeking to diversify their portfolios."

Far Eastern Economic Review

October 21, 2004

("Singapore Inc. Diversifies")


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