Why Most Indians Live Above This Line

Published 2022-11-22
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All Comments (21)
  • Abdul Rahman
    Lmao this man manages to put a line in every country.
  • Empruror
    Me, being an Indian had no idea northeastern states (Meghalaya and Manipur) had a such a high fertility rate! It's astonishing to to see the diversity in India... one could live just a 500 miles apart and look, dress and speak completely different!
  • It feels like every nation has a population "Line" and real-lifelore is going to cover it all.
  • Interesting video. Its also noteworthy that the Western Ghats is one of the most biologically diverse parts of the country with a several major wildlife sanctuaries . . . because of the steep rainforest covered slopes - its not as suitable for major agricultural conversion.
  • David OMalley
    I traveled overland from Chennai to Kochi, across the dry plains of Tamil Nadu, over the Western Ghats, and down into the lush jungles of Kerala. Aside from the region being fascinating culturally, the geographic diversity of South India is incredible. The best of this was Munnar, where the climate is just right for mass tea production. The verdant hills covered with tea plantations makes it one of the most beautiful places I've visited.
  • Would like to see how these lines and colors line up when you put economic output into context.
  • ZTEmax Gaming
    This video fully explains why Bangladesh has a higher population than Russia as well, it's just the fact that throughout the human history this region has been so fertile that people in general never had to go through the similar hardship faced by people living in colder or dryer regions
    and if certain indian states were to be independent like west bengal or uttar pradesh they'd have similar to even higher population then Bangladesh
  • Gil
    As a non-Indian, I always think the Brahmaputra river deserves more attention. It's not as famous as Nile, Amazon, or Mississippi, but Brahmaputra's trail is simply equally impressive, originating from high plateau of Tibet and flowing through vast portion of Tibet as well, carving through Himalayas to create some of the deepest valleys around the world, and when the river actually reaches the lowland of India, the sheer scale of the river becomes simply mighty. I haven't been to India to see the river myself, but just the photos and footage on the Internet already amaze me.
  • TüranSpider
    Fun Fact: Mumbai City has not only the same population as My Country, Kazakhstan 🇰🇿, but also both of them also has a same GDP of $225,000,000,000 Billion, Wow 👏 😳.
  • Sudeep kanda
    as an Indian, I feel like this topic can be made much clearer. but good one
  • India is itself a Continent, a separate World having diverse, colorful and beautiful mix of races, cultures, religions, ethnicities, languages and traditions. Almost every kind of Geographical feature is available in India from coastal plains, rivers, streams, delta, bays, seas, Oceans and islands to deserts , plateau, fertile lands, valleys, hills and high snow covered mountains. I admire and Love Indian Geography
  • I burst out laughing hearing how you pronounced "Kaveri".

    Anyways, great video! 👍
  • Floppy Lukiee
    As a Bangladeshi and as a part of North Indian Plain I can confirm that the amount of rain that pours here is unfathomable to most of the westerners. Assam & Meghalaya(Wettest place on earth) recorded 858mm of rain just in June 2022 and we happened to be on the receiver end of all the water. For context London receives 585 mm of rain throughout the year.
  • tsu
    As a South Indian(from Karnataka), our dams and other infrastructure have become part of our identity. They have literally transformed our lands from arid, infertile patches to land that can even grow rice. The Krishnaraja Sagara Dam(KRS) in particular is a tourist attraction for us but most non-Kannadigas don't understand why we travel 100s of kilometres to cherish a wall of concrete so much lol.
  • Poulomi Hari
    I am from Chhattisgarh- a tiny anamoly between the north and south divide. You might have noticed in the precipitation map that a deep blue stretch was seen in the middle of the country. That's the Mahanadi Basin. The name "Mahanadi" literally translates to "The Great River". Mahanadi is one of the biggest rivers of the country and the river provides continuous water supply to Chhattisgarh forming an arch and thus a wonderful river basin. Chhatiisgarh on a political map looks like a sea horse, but on a topographical map looks like a sink, or a bowl. Its surrounded by hills- a segment of Aravalli mountain ranges and various other hills that trap the monsoon winds forming almost a lake like catchment. This generates a suitable enviornment if paddy plantation which is why CG is also a leading producer of rice. The population of Chhattisgarh is quite low compared to other states, however its still more than the entire population of Australia.
  • Ishika Pandey
    Best part of living in north India you experience all the seasons you name it we have it.
    Worst part the effect of climate change are pretty evident the beautiful cycle of 6 seasons- Vasant Ritu (Spring), Grishma Ritu (Summer), Varsha Ritu (Monsoon), Sharad Ritu (Autumn), Hemant Ritu (Pre-Winter) and Shishir Ritu (Winter) which I always experienced as a child is disturbed and a new season of pollution is also added.
  • SayonR
    This guy just managed to teach us Indian Geography upto the 10th standard in under 15 minutes lol
  • Damon Young
    Very well done video, as always, but it's funny that the word 'population' was misspelled twice, in different ways, at the 9:45 mark.
  • Maulik
    So basically he covered the geography syllabus of cbse/icse till class 10 in a single video lmao
  • R N
    My hometown was on the edge of Western Ghats and believe me, the amount of rainfall most places in India receive is something most Westerners cannot comprehend.. It is genuinely an ungodly amount of rain to the point that it is more destructive than helpful to agriculture.. Also most of the water goes back to the Arabian Sea and some of it flows eastward..

    I moved to Toronto a few years ago and I can guarantee you that what people might call an afternoon's worth of rain in India will overflow Toronto's Don River and flood the road..