Rich India: I am talking Hard Cash

Even after drastic progress India has shown over the years. It is still counted amongst the poor, developing trash. I am not mincing words here, the half knowledged westerners still consider India to be a beggar’s society.

Well I am here taking this as an opportunity to tell my fellows to refurnish their stats.
India is arguably the richest nation, I am not talking here about culture and civics.

I am talking Hard Cash

Before I begin, I ask you to forget the words, if why and how.

Here we launch

             1.     Swiss Money Pouch

$ 1,456 Billion
$     470 Billion
$     390 Billion
$     100 Billion
$       96 Billion

 Swiss Banking Association report, 2006
This is the official (mind you) Swiss Banking Association report, 2006.
Trouble reading it in dollars? Don’t ya worry. Let me translate it to Indian numbers it reads
`6, 69,76,00,00,00,000 (considering $1= `46) simplified as 7 lakh crore rupees.
This amount of money is resting in Swiss bank belongs to the poor nation called India.
Believe it or not!!

2.     Tempting temples

India has over 1 Million recognized temples.  India’s total budget expenditure for 2009-10 was `10, 280 Billions.
Don’t exaggerate when I say, In India there are 100 such temples which when combined will exceed the yearly budget stated above.

Tirupati Balaji Temple, Andhra Pradesh

Daily income: Rs 1.65 crore
Annual income: Rs 600 crore 
Run by: 
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Temple situated in Andhra Pradesh has gold jewels studded with precious gems and pearls weighing over 8,000 kilograms. The few of which are as old as 12th century. The value of this mega collection is estimated to be over ` 0.52 Billion.The Lord Balaji Temple situated in Tirumala generated `0.58 Billion in the calendar year 2010. It fetched `0.04 Billion on the New Year Eve.

Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir, Maharashtra
Daily income: Rs 60 lakh 
Annual income: Rs 210 crore 
Run by: Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan Trust 

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple has jewels worth over `0.32 Billion and  an investment of over ` 4 Billion.

Guruvayur Temple, Kerala 

Annual income: Rs 2.5 crore 
Corpus: Rs 125 crore in fixed deposits 
Run by: Nine-member committee under the Guruvayur Dewaswom Act of 1971, amended in 1978

Kerala’s Guruvyur Temple has 400 Kilograms of jewels and has a bank deposit of over ` 0.4 Billion. It has insurance with an annual premium of `50 Lakhs.

Sabrimala Ayyappa Temple

The Sabrimala Ayyappa Temple welcomes over 0.04 Billion devotees in a span of two months, November to January.  In year 2010, this period enriched the temple by `0.15 Billion.

3.    Game On Money

The Capital city of India, Delhi organized the wealthiest ever Common Wealth Games. Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy stated ,”a total of Rs 28,054 crore have been spent on the games out of which Rs 16,560 crore was given to the Delhi Government for upgrading the capital infrastructure and building of various stadia” .

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