India Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of India?
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Last updated: January 11, 2020
First submittedApril 17, 2013
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Average score66.7%
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Most common religions
Hinduism
Islam
Christianity
Sikh
Most common first languages
Hindi
Bengali
Telugu
Marathi
Tamil
Longest rivers
(that flow through part of India)
Ganges
Indus
Region disputed with Pakistan
and China
Kashmir
Most popular sport
Cricket
Highest caste in religion #1
Brahmins
Highest mountain range
Himalayas
Question
Answer
Nickname for the Indian film industry
Bollywood
Biggest cities
Delhi
Mumbai
Kolkata
Currency
Rupee
"Great Trinity" of gods in religion #1
Brahma
Vishnu
Shiva
Most sacred animal in religion #1
Cow
Toga-like garment worn by women
Sari
National animal
Bengal Tiger
Most famous landmark (in Agra)
Taj Mahal
Leader of Indian independence from Britain
Mohandas Gandhi
Title given to the above,
meaning "Great Soul"
Mahatma
Number "invented" in India
Zero
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Level 83
May 12, 2013
missed 3. I'll call it the "greaty" trinity of missed answers...
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Level 83
Nov 23, 2015
Only one this time. Yay, I'm learning again.
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Level 56
Oct 27, 2016
Im from India and I didnt get some of these
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Level 63
Mar 26, 2020
Got everything!
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Level 32
Feb 9, 2022
I'm from India and got everything!
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Level 83
Jul 3, 2020
they finally fixed the typo in the quiz
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Level 70
Aug 13, 2020
If anyone wants to take a quiz on famous Indians, I have one here!
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Level 48
Apr 25, 2022
Ew, advertising, gross
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Level 42
Jun 17, 2013
Surely Punjabi should be on the top languages?
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Level 83
Jun 17, 2013
Punjabi is spoken mostly in Pakistan. Only 3% of Indians speak Punjabi, according to Wikipedia.
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Level 46
Mar 5, 2016
Yes, although Punjabi is a relatively small language spoken in India, it is one of the most recognised and is relatively international.
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Level 32
Jul 20, 2019
Ya It was weird seeing Punjabi there
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Level 72
Jul 3, 2020
Gujarati! Or have all the Patels emigrated?
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Level 26
Jun 18, 2013
Really thought Buddhism was one of the religions mainly practiced in India. I guess not.
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Level 73
Nov 23, 2015
It originated in India, but its popularity died off there a long time ago.
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Level 85
Nov 23, 2015
It's not as simple as that. For quite a few hindus Gautama Buddha is an important part of their religion. The basic tenets of Buddhism have not waned in popularity, they've rather been incorporated in a larger religious movement.
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Level 46
Dec 31, 2015
True that, you can still see Buddhists around Eastern India, but few. Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam is a good place to find some Buddhists. Where I am from in Gujarat, most Buddhists live in the big cities.
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Level 46
Dec 31, 2015
kolp you are right. I am a Hindu and I believe that Gautama Buddha was the 9th human incarnation of Vishnu, one of the 'Great Trinity' of Hinduism.
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Level 46
Dec 31, 2015
The Buddhists and Hindus have a sentence in Sanskrit which differentiates them. For Hindu's it is 'Jagat Mithya Brahma Satya' which translates into the world is an illusion, God is the truth. For Buddhists it is 'Jagat Satya Brahma Mithya.' The world is the truth, God is an illusion.
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Level 75
Apr 5, 2019
There are a lot of Buddhists and Jains in India, but because of India's huge population they end up being only a small percentage
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Level 24
Jun 19, 2013
Isn't Tamil spoken almost exclusively in Sri Lanka?
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Level 26
Jun 20, 2013
There IS a region in India called Tamil Nadu
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Level 71
May 30, 2014
It is another legacy of British colonialism that they brought large numbers of Tamil speakers to Sri Lanka to work on the plantations there. Who then found themselves given the short end of the stick after independence by the Sinhalese speakers who made up the majority of the population of Ceylon/Sri Lanka. The same divide and conquer strategy that has done so much lasting harm throughout the world, from Ireland to Kenya to India.
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Level 43
Oct 23, 2014
tamil nadu is a state not a region
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Level 73
Apr 14, 2018
Baltimorean, you're right. Most of those were settled, I believe in the central highlands. But there is a distinction in Sri Lanka between "Sri Lankan Tamils" and "Indian Tamils" (terms I learned more than twenty years ago - apologies if they are no longer current). The Tamil population in the north and east of the country has far longer roots on the island.
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Level 76
Jul 7, 2019
@Baltimorean Yeah right, and especially in places like Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaya, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the current British Overseas Territories.
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Level 46
Dec 31, 2015
Tamil is spoken in Tamil Nadu, India (61,000,000), Malaysia (immigrant) (4,000,000) and Northern Sri Lanka (3,000,000). Other places such as Singapore, Indonesia, USA and UK also have significant Tamil population.
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Level 15
Oct 30, 2013
Zero is not the only number invented in India. Every numbers were invented in India itself.................
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Level 69
Nov 25, 2016
In Arabic*
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Level 75
Apr 5, 2019
Arabic schmarabic. They're only called 'arabic' numerals in Europe because the Arabs told the Europeans about them. The Arabs got them from the Indians, and Arabia is actually one of the few parts of the world today where they don't use 'arabic' numerals.
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Level 50
Mar 30, 2020
The numerals, the written form of the numbers 1234567890 that we still used today was invented in india, not the numbers itself.

Zero was only invented in india because it was simply not used before. Numbers were used to count things and write down how many of them there were. You dont count zero apples, you just said there were no apples, or you just dont write that down in the first place.

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Level 40
Aug 12, 2020
Eastern arabic numerals are used today in the Arab world, they're just slightly different in shape than what the majority of the world uses, which is western arabic numerals.
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Level 28
Nov 10, 2021
its the Indo-Arabic numeral system
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Level 46
May 27, 2014
Is it how long it is from source to mouth or how much of the river is in India
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Level 46
Feb 22, 2015
just missed marathi
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Level 58
Oct 5, 2015
Hindustan Zindabad! Sorry, got into character ;)
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Level 46
Dec 31, 2015
Satyamev Jayate!
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Level 61
Jul 3, 2020
Bharat Mata ki Jay (人*´∀`)。*゚+
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Level 64
Nov 7, 2015
Missed Telugu, is that the language spoken in telangana?

Still 29/30 isn't that bad.

I love the smart arses on this web site there's always someone correcting somebody. Some of the English is a little sub standard though just thought I'd pop that in to wind a few people up!

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Level 56
Nov 24, 2015
Um, I believe you should have spelled Telangana with a capital "T" shouldn't you? :-P Just kidding! Yeah, it used to bother me how many people just try to one-up, but it's not such a big deal anymore! Let's all be friends!
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Level 55
Aug 15, 2022
It's not one-upping to correct a mistake. Else a quiz is pointless.
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Level 46
Dec 31, 2015
Telugu is spoken mainly in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
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Level 46
Dec 31, 2015
I think
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Level 63
Nov 23, 2015
nice to see a non euro/usa geog quiz make the 'front page'
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Level 77
Nov 23, 2015
Can't believe I wrote Bengalese instead of Bengali and couldn't remember what mountain range was in India. Sigh.
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Level 46
Dec 31, 2015
All you need to do is remember that Everest is in the Himalayas. Even though it is in Nepal/China not India, Himalayas is still the biggest mountain range in India also.
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Level 77
Apr 18, 2018
I had the answer buried in my brain, just couldn't pull it into the light. This time it was one of the religions that threw me - couldn't remember how to spell Sikh. I tried Seik, Siek, Sikk, bah! Sometimes I get really, really mad at my brain.
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Level 61
Nov 23, 2015
Considering India used to be a British Colony, I was very surprised English wasn't one of it's main languages.
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Level 46
Dec 31, 2015
Many British colonists went back to Britain after India's independence.
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Level 55
Jul 5, 2020
The question considers first languages. Majority use it as a second language. If secondary speakers are counted, then it will make the list.
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Level 65
Nov 25, 2015
Isn't the Indus River in Pakistan not India?
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Level 87
Jul 3, 2020
It's mostly in Pakistan, but it also stretches into India.
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Level 39
Oct 22, 2016
Got all, 2:34 remaining, first time ever, and I am not from India
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Level 15
Feb 13, 2017
Gandhi was a leader from india but went to school in britain and indus was part of india so its indias property
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Level 29
Jul 6, 2020
Indus river originates from china
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Level 55
May 20, 2021
Yes, but is really a Pakistani river.
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Level 83
Jun 1, 2017
Bengal tiger - possibly the most magnificent animal on the planet.
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Level 45
Apr 14, 2018
I wrote Brahmin without an 's'. That should be accepted.
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Level 75
Apr 14, 2018
Brahman, Saree, and Shiv should all be accepted - they are alternate spellings for the same thing. Also, the Indus river is in Pakistan.
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Level 28
Jan 4, 2021
But the Indus stretches into India.
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Level 56
Jun 16, 2022
Brahma is the deity that represents the creation of the Universe, Brahmin is the varna category that someone belongs to and Brahman is the ultimate reality of the Universe which holds it together, so spelling should be key, you cannot accept Brahman since it is a completely different concept.
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Level 55
Aug 15, 2022
Yes, Brahman wasn't accepted!
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Level 65
Apr 14, 2018
I'm suprised Kannada wasn't on the list of most common languages. also Jammu and Kashmir should be accepted as Kashmir.
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Level 44
May 16, 2018
No one conquers the tamil kings
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Level 62
Jul 8, 2018
QUALITY BILL WURTZ REFERENCES! Now I want to watch that video.
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Level 87
Jul 3, 2020
Who are the Tamil Kings? Merchants, probably.

And they've got SPICES!!

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Level 57
Aug 15, 2022
Who would like to buy the spices?
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Level 61
Jul 12, 2020
I see, you're a man of culture as well
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Level 28
Jul 12, 2018
the indus is in pakistan, not india
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Level 65
Aug 10, 2020
It also flows through a part of indian-occupied Kashmir, @GloryToTheEmpire
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2018
Brahmaputra should be included here. If you're taking the length of river IN India then Brahmaputra flows 900 km in India while 800 km for Indus. If you're taking the TOTAL LENGTH of the river then also Brahmaputra is longer than Ganges.
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Level 24
Feb 6, 2019
Indus is not the longest in India, it majorly flows in Pakistan... Godavari is second longest in India..
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Level 32
Sep 7, 2019
Many inaccuracies in this quiz. Consider revising...
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Level ∞
Sep 7, 2019
Many inaccuracies yet you don't even mention a single one?
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Level 23
Oct 19, 2021
Godavari is longer river than indus. Pls get it changed.
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Level 52
Oct 18, 2019
sari spelling is wrong sari is the spelling
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Level 57
Jul 3, 2020
Both are same lol
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Level 65
Aug 10, 2020
Yeah
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Level 64
Mar 5, 2020
Indus river is not in india, but pakistan.
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Level 53
Apr 19, 2020
The Indus river is also in India
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Level 53
Apr 19, 2020
In Kashmir.
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Level 63
Mar 7, 2020
Sari is also Saree

Shiva is also Siva

They should be accepted.

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Level 63
Mar 26, 2020
please accept Saree for Sari
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Level 76
Apr 19, 2020
Yes, please accept 'saree'.
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Level 44
Jan 17, 2022
I nearly screwed up that question because I didn’t know the right type-in!
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Level 65
Jun 12, 2020
30/30 with 4 seconds left..
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Level 63
Jul 3, 2020
The religion is Not called Sikh , it is either called Sikhi or Sikhism.

I'll remove the Brahmin question, as the caste system has been abolished.

Also, Instead of 2 questions about Gandhi, I'll keep one about either Bhagat Singh/ Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

And All numbers were invented in India

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Level 84
Jul 3, 2020
The usual system of digits originated in India, but numbers are universal. To say that zero was "invented" is of course wrong as well, thus the quotation marks... Let's say that it was brilliant to understand that zero is a number and to create a digit for it.
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Level 61
Jul 3, 2020
Fortunately this quiz was made by Dan and not you so you can't change it.

As for casteism, it's still very much prevalent in India, maybe not in big cities but very much in villages and rural areas.

As all the numbers except for 0 were invited in the Arab

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Level 69
Jul 3, 2020
What about Brahmagupta? Was he non existent in the mathematics world?
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Level 63
Jul 3, 2020
To my understanding the numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 are modified from sanskrit numbers. The numbers 2, 3, 6 are same. 4 and 5 are slightly modified . 8 is used as 7 in reverse direction. 7 is used as 8 in modified reverse direction. 0 is.1 is modified and used as 9. 9 is used and modified as one. Just because the arabs told the Europeans about it doesn't make them the inventors
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Level 63
Jul 3, 2020
I'll say QM's information is based on Sources such as Wikipedia. He can be incorrect.
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Level 70
Nov 7, 2021
Yeah agreed, casteism still unfortunately exists. It might be better than it was 100 years ago, but there's still discrimination leveled toward India's underclasses. I read an article recently about how it's spreading to America as well. Like it or not, it's still a significant enough part of Indian culture to merit being on this quiz.
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Level 55
Jul 5, 2020
Bhagat Singh and Bose were not well known outside India. Moreover, they are controvertial figures. Mahatma Gandhi has pan india appeal, so it doesn't make sense to replace him.
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Level 62
Jul 3, 2020
The question about the longest rivers in India by length should be Ganga and Godavari. If we want to lost 2 of the longest rivers in India, it should be Indus and Brahmaputra (both 2900 km in length)
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Level 63
Jul 3, 2020
Correct. Ganga and Godavari are Longest rivers by length flowing inside India. And Indus and Brahmaputra are the longest that flow through India.
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Level 57
Jul 3, 2020
A suggestion, maybe use Mahesh instead Shiva in the question of trinity. Although they both are same but when we talk about Trinity, we use Mahesh instead Shiva. You should keep Shiva as type ons though.
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Level 28
Jul 3, 2020
Toga like garment hahaha. This is the first time I've seen it referred to like that
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Level 39
Jul 7, 2020
Tried Hindi, Gujarati and malayalam to finally give up the languages
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Level 51
Jul 23, 2020
Please accept Brahman.
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Level 53
Nov 5, 2020
I think that would make Brahma redundant
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Level 47
Aug 3, 2020
30/30 with 1:33 to spare.
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Level 53
Aug 24, 2020
भरत माता की जय!
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Level 32
Oct 12, 2020
Add Himalyas for Himalayas i couldnt figure it out i didnt understand why it didnt accept Himalyas
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Level 16
Oct 28, 2020
Bollywood is not the nickname of the Indian film industry. It is the Hindi film industry.
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Level 47
Nov 3, 2020
Allow Siva for Shiva?
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Level 55
Nov 5, 2020
Christianity is higher than Buddhism and Sikh? That just feels wrong.
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Level 53
Nov 9, 2020
Sikhism is not too prevalent in most parts of India besides Punjab, and Buddhism is no longer in most parts of India either.
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Level 70
Nov 7, 2021
Also, there are certain areas where Christianity is pretty common, such as Kerala (which has had Christians since the time of the Apostles!) and Northeastern India (due to British influence).
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Level 44
Mar 8, 2021
26/30 = 87%. I'm from Finland
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Level 35
Mar 22, 2021
Nice quiz
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Level 48
Apr 19, 2021
I got brahma by trying to type Brahmaputra River
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Level 26
May 27, 2021
I’d remove the caste question, might be offensive and insensitive to keep it..

Please accept Sindhu for Indus..

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Level 33
Nov 3, 2021
Totally agree. Casteism is an evil practice which blights the growth of India to this day.

It should be considered as insulting as racism and anti semitism and be removed.

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Level 33
Jun 5, 2021
3:25 20/20 superb quiz, as pointed out by maya1918, please accept sindhu for indus
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Level 61
Oct 6, 2021
Garment like a toga? Oh please. Do you have any idea how to wear a sari, quizmeister? How to put it on? Clearly not
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Level 34
Jan 4, 2022
India's national animal is peacock.

Bangladesh's national animal is bengal tiger.

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Level 44
Jan 17, 2022
I am from Bangladesh and I can tell you their national “animal” is the Bengal Tiger. I think you are mixing up their national “bird”, the Peacock otherwise known as the Peafowl.
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Level 56
Feb 17, 2022
Being a Hindu, I think it is wrong to include the caste question because the fact that you call Brahmins the number one caste means you are alluding to a feudal system created by the British, not the Hindus.

In the Vedas, it says all castes, which should be called varna, are equally important, therefore, there is not a hierarchy. It represents the skillsets that an individual can behold.

I would request that you would replace that question or at least remove it from your quiz. Otherwise, it is a great quiz.

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Level 40
May 23, 2022
Can you accept Brahman as well as Brahmin? That is how I grew up spelling it.
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Level 49
Aug 15, 2022
Happy Independence Day to all Indians.
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Level 52
Aug 17, 2022
Azaadi ka amrit maha utsav!
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Level 39
Aug 15, 2022
Alternative spellings for rupee should be accepted, in many languages it's spelled some variation of rupie/rupia and I though that's how it was spelled in english.