As we build SocialCops’ data repository, we keep creating data points and visualizations that demand to be shared. Our data newsletter, Real Numbers aims to bring this important data to you in simple bite-sized pieces. Over time, we’ll dive deep into our archives to cover everything from agriculture and education to healthcare and women’s issues in India. 

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3.01 million

Places of worship in India in 2011. According to the 2011 Census, 3.01 million of India’s 330 million census houses are registered as places of worship. This is more than the number of schools and colleges registered under the Census — 2.1 million. (Source: Census 2011)


Satellites launched in a single flight by PSLV-C34 (ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) in its 36th flight on 22 June 2016. Two of these satellites are university/academic satellites built with the involvement of students from Sathyabama University, Chennai, and College of Engineering, Pune. PSLV-C34 also launched 1 Indian satellite and 17 international satellites — 13 from the United States, 2 from Canada, 1 from Germany, 1 from Indonesia. (Source: ISRO)

28.8 million

People who filed a tax return in 2012-13 (for the previous FY 2011-12) in India. This is an estimated 4.0% of India’s population aged 18 to 70 years. (Source: Income Tax Department, Census 2011)


Estimated percentage of hospitalized treatment in rural India that was carried out in private hospitals in 2013-14. The remaining 42% was carried out in public hospitals. For urban India, 68% of hospitalized treatment took place in private hospitals and 32% in public hospitals. (Source: NSSO, 71st round, 2014)


Villages in India that are open-defecation free as of June 2016. This is around 10.8% of India’s villages. (Source: Swachh Bharat Mission)

Hong Kong

Third largest importer of Indian goods in 2015-16, after the United States and United Arab Emirates. (Source: Department of Commerce)

45 million

People caught traveling without tickets or with improper tickets on the Indian railways from March 2011 to June 2014. This group of people is larger than the population of Argentina. More than ₹19.15 billion was recovered from people caught without tickets or with improper tickets. In 2013-14, the Northern Railways had the most people traveling without tickets or with improper tickets — more than 1.9 million people. However, the Central Zone recovered the most money — ₹840 million. (Source: Lok Sabha)