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INDIA

A push for Sustainable Development

A bold new global agenda to pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted by all Member States of the United Nations in 2015. “The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.”
– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

BEING Prime Minister of India

“We are committed to a sustainable path to prosperity. It comes from the natural instinct of our tradition and culture. But, it is also rooted firmly in our commitment to the future. We represent a culture that calls our planet Mother Earth.”

Narendra Damodardas Modi, Prime Minister of India

1,273,753,201 Human Beings live in India
Meet a few of them

GUATAM – Indian chef spreads happiness through his craft

“Arranged marriages work better than love marriages because you have an agreement between both families to support the marriage. It takes a community to support a marriage.” – Bishakha

Approximately 90% of marriages in India are considered arranged marriages. (UNICEF, Child Marriage Report, 2012)

“I’M THE MAYOR OF THIS CITY. NOT OFFICIALLY. BUT ASK ANYONE AND THEY’LL TELL YOU.” – NARINDER

The Caste System (Jati) goes back thousands of years, and continues to influence access to some jobs. (Donald Johnson and Jean Johnson, “Jati: The Caste System in India,” The Asia Society, August 19, 2008.)

“WE ALWAYS WIN WHEN WE ARE ON THE SAME TEAM” -SAHIL & FRIEND

So far, India has lost all five of their matches for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and is currently ranked 166th in FIFA’s global rankings, but the national team still has a shot at qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup. (CNBC, “India has soccer fever, but is it World Cup-ready” December 2015)

“EVERY WOMAN IN INDIA MIGHT SAY SHE MAKES THE BEST CHAI, BUT I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO DOESN’T LIE!” – KAAVYA

13.4% of Indian working women have a regular salaried job compared to  21.2% of working men (aged 15–59) (International Labour Organization, Global Employment Trends 2014: Risk of Jobless Recovery, 2014).

“I’M NOT SELLING MY LAND EVEN THOUGH MOST MY FAMILY HAS SOLD THEIRS. PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT LAND GIVES TO US MORE THAN ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY CAN.” – SUNIL

Approximately 60% of land in India is deemed “agricultural land” – land which is arable, under permanent crops, or  under permanent pastures (World Bank, Agricultural land, India statistics, 2013)

“I LIKE TO WATCH WHEN THE KIDS GET OUT OF SCHOOL. THEIR ENERGY GIVES ME ENERGY.” – GARIMA

Life expectancy in India is 68 years (World Development Indicators, World Bank, 2015)

“IF WE TEACH KIDS TO WANT TO LEARN AND WANT TO CONTINUE SCHOOL, THEN THAT IS SUCCESS.” – DEEPAK, PRINCIPLE OF GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL, PANCHOTA, RAJASTHAN.

Fewer Than Half of Indians in their 20s Have Completed Secondary Education (Center for Strategic & International Studies,Global Aging and the Future Emerging Markets, 2011: p. 23.)

“DON’T TELL MY HUSBAND YOU’VE TAKEN MY PHOTOGRAPH”

Only 5% of India’s population is older than 65. (Population Reference Bureau, “India,” (2014).

“YOU SHOULD NOT ASK SO MANY QUESTIONS.” – PRANAV

Many army officials become guards at historic forts and temples in India after leaving the army.

“I ALWAYS DREAMED I WOULD LIVE IN A CITY ONCE I GOT MARRIED. BUT NOW I’M GLAD I’LL NEVER LIVE IN A CITY. WE TAKE CARE OF EACHOTHER OUT HERE.” – MAHIMA

Approximately 30% of all Indian women live in cities (Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, “Statistical Year Book India 2015, “Table 2.8 Projected Total/Urban Population By Sex as on 1st March” (2015).