The 8 Jewels Around India

The 8 Jewels around India

The 8 Jewels around India (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Burma, Bhutan, Maldives), although independent are the moons to the planet ‘India‘. Once, most of them were an integral part of India. Along with India, they are fighting to reduce corruption & poverty, increase literacy and progress in a globalized World.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka boasts of the first Woman Prime Minister of the World. As a result of its proximity to the major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia. With 20 million people and a GDP of $40 billion in Nominal Terms, it is on the path of the rapid Westernization. It has approximately 75% Sinhalese & 25% Tamils population, and has ended the civil war recently in May 2000 after 3 long decades of strife. It has a per capita income ($1400)  higher than its larger neighbor India.



Bangladesh got on its own in 1971 and has a population of 160 million people and a GDP of $100 billion. Although Bangladesh has made significant strides recently, it continues to face overpopulation problems, poverty, corruption and ecological vulnerability due to climate change. Muhammad Yunus brought out a new direction to the finance world with the idea of micro-finance for the poor.

Muhammad Yunus, the Micro-Finance Dude


Pakistan got its lick of freedom in 1947, the same year as that of India from the British. It has a population of 160 million and a GDP of $ 160 billion and is the second-largest economy in South Asia. Squash Players like Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan have won the World Cup Open several times. Strings,is an internationally acclaimed musical band which ushered a new revival in the music industry of Pakistan.



Tibet is the highest region in the World and is sometimes referred to as the roof of the World. Tibet is an autonomous region, however China considers it to be an integral part of its country. The current Dalai Lama resides in India and is considered to be one of the most important spiritual leaders of the World.



Nepal has a population of 30 million and a GDP of $12 billion. About half of the population lives under the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. One of the tallest elevation, Mount Everest is one of the places for adventures and expeditions where people around the world come over to test their will, skill and stamina.



Burma has a population of 50 million and a GDP of $30 billion. Burma remains under military rule which is considered widely to be as a repressive regimes. As opposed to the current situation, Burma was one of the richest country in South East Asia under the British rule. Can it return to democracy and regain its lost glory?



Bhutan with a population of 700 thousand, second fastest economy of the World and a GDP of $4 billion. It has recently held its democratic elections in 2008, its first ever.



Maldives has a population of 400 thousand and a GDP of $ 1.5 billion. Maldives have an amazing diversity of sea life with corals and over 2000 species of fish life. It is also the hotspot of tourism with an annual visitors of about a million.


Way Ahead

Should these jewels along with India completely Westernize like America? Or they should become like Japan, Germany or Russia? Whatever the thinking, they need to lift the masses out of poverty. A billion odd. Soon.

Caution: This might be all theory

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2 Responses to “The 8 Jewels Around India”

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