10 Myths About India Which Are Actually Considered As Facts 

Why was India disqualified in 1950 FIFA World Cup?       

10 Myths About India Which Are Actually Considered As Facts 
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"Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear."

I feel everybody is quite aware of this sentence as it is written on our vehicles, but why am I mentioning this here? Am I about to tell you something regarding vehicles? Or something related to the science behind this?

No! I just want to say that sometimes we believe in things without knowing its actual reality. For example, several notions prevail about our national symbols, sports or even poverty. These are considered as facts, which not many people care to verify.      

So, here I bring to you some amazing facts about India, Oh! actually, they are myths.     

Hockey is India's national sport

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One of the articles on Times of India, published in 2012 says: "Hockey is not the national game of the country! And the revelation has come straight from the Union ministry of youth affairs. The ministry says that country does not have a national game as no game has been notified as such."

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Hindi is the national language of India.

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According to the constitution, Hindi was declared as an official language for India instead of national language. Along with Hindi, English is also considered as the official language of India.  

Mahatma Gandhi danced with British lady.

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This picture of Mahatma Gandhi dancing with a British lady is fake. The man in the snap is an Austrailian actor who was photographed during a party.    

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Varanasi is the oldest city in the world.

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Varanasi is not the oldest city in the world. It is actually the 20th city among the oldest cities in the world.  

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'An eye for an eye..' is a quote by Mahatma Gandhi.

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There is no valid proof that Mahatma Gandhi said this. It is said that this quote was used as one of the dialogues by actor Ben Kingsley inspired from the verses of Bible.   

Mahatma Gandhi is the father of the nation. 

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Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most respected personalities of India but to everyone's surprise, he is not the father of the nation. In 2012, Aishwarya Parashar revealed this through her RTI query. In response to her query, the authorities notified that he has not been officially declared as "Father of the Nation." He is referred by this name out of respect and affection people have for him.  

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India was disqualified from 1950 FIFA World Cup. 

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It is a popular belief that India had withdrawn from the 1950 FIFA World Cup just because they did not want to wear shoes. According to Indian Express, they may not have the money to afford a trip to Brazil but this was just supposed to be one of the reasons. However, the actual reason is still not clear.    

Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa gave a lecture at Harvard.

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Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa posted a picture of her standing at the podium of Harvard. She claimed that she was invited to Harvard to give a lecture on Role of Youth. A Harvard spokesperson confirmed that she was not invited for any lecture.    

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Milkha Singh looked back during a race in 1960.

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Indians, for many years, believed that the 'looking back moment' of Milkha Singh before finishing the 400m race at first position during 1960 Olympics, was actually real. But it is not so. He was in the fifth position and managed to reach the fourth position.     

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Food is the biggest unmet need of India's poor population.

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Hunger remains a big problem for poorest of the poor. But health care, drinking water, and sanitation constitute 40 percent of the population's unmet needs by value.   

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