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Global Connections: Can you connect Germany with India?

September 17th, 2010
12:02 AM ET

When you mention two countries as different as Germany and India, you wouldn't naturally think that they have much in common.

But if you stretch your mind a little bit and think a tad bit harder, you would be surprised to learn they're much more similar than you think.

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We've chosen Germany and India as our fourth set of countries in a segment on CNN International's "Connect the World," that we're calling "Global Connections."

Germany is one of the world's leading economic powers and has long-held a place of importance in world affairs. It is located in western Europe, has a long tradition of producing beautiful music and literature and of course, the country is famous for its beer.

India on the other is a recent power player on the global stage and is famous for having the Bollywood film industry, amazing food and of course its people.

So what on earth could the connections between these two countries possibly be?

Well, that's why we are relying on YOU.

We need you to send in your ideas and comments on what connections exist - whether it be text, video or photos. We'll be choosing the best ones and then airing them on CNN International. This is your chance to appear on the show to share your connections with the world.

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The connections can be anything from culture and geography to music and the economy.

We also want to hear your personal stories too. Perhaps you have a family member that moved from one country to the other years ago and you want to get in touch? Maybe you visited one country years ago on holiday and something special happened? Whatever connection you think there is, we want to know.

All you have to do is leave your comments below on what connections you think exist and then one of our team members will be in touch.

Now it's time for you to get involved - get connecting!

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  1. Sachin Kumar BADKAS

    Germany is the largest, most populous country in Europe, giving it something of a parallel with India, relative to its neighbours. Both countries have large proportions of their land under protection for habitats. Geopolitically, Germany may resent being the second-rung global dealer despite being a major economy, given the prominence of neighbouring UK and its "special relationship", not unlike India wary of forever being in the shadow of China. Lastly, though history has tainted what could have been a great cultural / anthropological link, the ancient Aryan culture. One region claims their origin, and the other, their ultimate destination, with the vast majority of descendants drawing as routine holy symbols that are suspect in the other region!

    Personally, though I generally refrain from generalisations, I cannot help but curiously note that since I have been living across Europe (never in Germany), the majority of my friends or people I admire have been Germans.

    September 17, 2010 at 8:23 am | Reply
  2. Amienoye Williams

    europe largest economy germany and india with its population is market a potential and good country for india to emulate in its quest to be a player in the global market

    September 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  3. Busola

    the only connections i can see right now is the fact that both countries are IT power bases and their love for music

    September 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  4. Mike

    The swastika is a historical sacred symbol in both Buddhism and Hinduism, both of which were born out of India. The swastika was used primarily during Nazi Germany.

    September 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  5. priya

    we are aryan and we have the swastik in common and not to say the math.

    September 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  6. Lear

    Germany and India ? Thats a hard one.

    Yoga and Ayurveda methods getting popular in Germany.

    Software powerhouse SAP is running some departments in Bangalore.

    Some Germans settled in Goa and still live there.

    Bollywood movies have occasionally airtime in German TV. (Sha Rhuk Khan is a well known star to many fans)

    It seems that some parallels exist concerning German and Indian education and science related ethics.

    September 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  7. SoumyaG

    From the historical perspective, in the early 17th and 18th century the Europeans started discovering the huge number of scholarly books (including the Vedas) in India. Many of these scholars considered them as trash and full of mere rituals to please the Gods and Goddesses and argues India as a primitive land where the European reforms should be brought in. It was Max Muller who started getting deep into these books and let the world know that there is more than rituals that have been mentioned in these books. He showed the world how widely different are the western and eastern philosophy and how much culturally rich this country is.
    In the later years of the 19th century when the struggle for independence was going on, the Germans (1914 – 1917) helped the armed struggle by supplying arms & ammunitions. The armed struggle was however supported by a much smaller number of people than the famous non-violent movement headed by Mahatma Gandhi.
    The only thing I would rather like not to be linked is the fact that the Nazis stole the Swastika symbol and used it in their flag (although they changed the angle). The irony being Swastika is used as a sign of good omen in front of many Indian houses.

    September 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  8. vasudev

    most common connection is Swastika , Religious symbolof 5000 year old ancient hindu Civilisation and language of religion and vedas .and True meaning of it ,Also both Germans and Indians inherited their Aryan roots in their DNA.
    Sanskrit was more popular language before invasion of Latin

    September 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  9. Pradeep

    The Nazi symbol "Swastika" is derived from Sanskrit, a historical Indo-Aryan language, marked on people and objects for good luck.

    September 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  10. Axon

    Svastika,a symbol stolen by nazis from ancient indian religion

    September 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  11. Sriram

    I think the philosophy of famous German thinkers (Kant, Spinoza) was pretty close to the great Indian vedantic philosophy. Einstein, inspired by Spinoza and arguably the most famous German, had with his relativity theory reached a level of scientific understanding of the universe that was on par with the mystic non-dual (Advaita) philosophy of science of the Self.

    September 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Reply


    September 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  13. Dipu

    Indians and Germans are from a common descendant Aryans. The swastik symbol used by Hindu religion is once used by Hitler .

    September 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Reply

    Guten Tag !, As I write these words memories of almost five years of my stay there comes to me in a flash. I stayed in Bielefeld from 2002-2006. The first word comes to me is "Ananas", is it German or Hindi, well, in both languages its pineapple!, This surprise discovery of word Ananas make me see patterns of similarity in almost everything. Its being said India resides in its villages, and most of the old cities are on the banks of river. for example, Varanasi, Allahabad etc on the banks of river Ganges, similarly, we have Koeln and other major cities on river Rhine in Germany. Both cultures thrived in the lands yielding good crops and prosperity.
    Friendships, Indians are very much approachable and warm at heart, similarly and surprisingly germans are more open too. they are very easy to become friends with and are a lot fun to be around. During couple of years, I had more german friends then Indians. Like Indian friendships, it can be lifelong. Group festivities, we
    have so many festivals in India which brings friends and family together to celebrate, well, not just India. World cup 2006 was a big event which united whole of germany as one big family and gave a great feeling of patriotism as Indians do feel on our Independence day and republic day each year.
    Hockey, yes we both love it!
    Bollywood, lifestyle in India, and big hit in Germany. as i write, I remember Temptation 2004 in Dortmund, where I got chance to share stage with Shah Rukh Khan himself. I was surprised by his popularity with more germans in audience than Indians. On other instance, I had interaction with Honourable Mata Amritanandmayi, when she visited Muenchen. In her followers there was vast majority of germans. I thought in my mind, "These are Indians born in Germany". Now, to give further examples of these "Indians born in Germany", I had a mitbewohner (apartment mate) who used to listen bollywood music, without understand a word, and he loved them (yes, Martin, its you), and another, who practised buddhism !, and me feeling more out of sync with puja-paath. Now, in Bielefeld, we organised a big Diwali Festival in a Auditorium, with bollywood dance music. believe it or not, we had a group of Germans singing prayer in Sanskrit !! and a dance group dancing on Bollywood music. We even had germans playing traditional Indian musical instruments.
    well, I can go on and on, but need to stop, but thanks CNN for connecting the world and helping people make connections. Jai Hind.

    September 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  15. Prakash Thapa

    Germany is always helpful to its neighbor countries and the people. It always support in human needs and never interfere in other internal matter.

    India is one of the most hated country from its Neighbor like Bangaladesh, Nepal, Srilanka, Pakistan. It always interfere their internal politics and want to dominant all of them. India never care about people from other country but it just care what can be sell to that Country even if they are harmful for their health.
    Germany always against the international terrorism but India supporting the terrorist and separatist from the country like Nepal.

    so there is no any similarities between Germany and India.

    September 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • piyush joshi

      you NEPALIS are allowed to work in INDIA .. 15% of your population is living in india .. and you r saying that INDIA is not supportive to its neighbouring countries......

      September 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  16. Dappili

    India's famous Swastika symbol and Germany's infamous Nazi symbol are the same

    September 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  17. Ananda Kodikara

    Both countries have the world's best philosophers. The Connection is influencing German classical philosophy influences of Buddhism and Hinduism. Immanuel Kant, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche ... It is known that in Germany are very popular yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic Medicine ...

    September 17, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  18. Brent

    India looks like a German landfill site

    September 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  19. andi

    Anshu Jain, Deutsche Bank.

    September 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  20. TRex

    I am from India and I love Steffi Graff!!!

    September 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  21. Sri

    The way in which numbers are pronounced in Germany and in india is similar, and it is different than in English. For example, 35 is spoken in German as "Fuenf und dreizig" (5 and 30) and in India (Hindi) as "painteesh" (5 and 30).

    Another similarity is the language grammar, at least in some aspects. For example, in addition to living beings, objects or things can also have masculine, feminine or neutrum gender. For example, Der tisch (the table) is of masculine gender in German.

    Both languages have different forms/cases (Kasus) depending on the gender of the subject or the object.

    September 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  22. MRM

    Germans are intrigued by the mysticism and culture of India.
    Both Indians and Germans love India.

    Indians are attracted to Germans as they possess many qualities which Indians lack but wish that they could imbibe in themselves.
    What is different about Indians and Germans is that Germans are very methodical and exact, whereas Indians are semi-methodical and approximate everything. Germans follow rules, Indians hate rules especially traffic rules! Nevertheless generally Indians are wiser than the more knowledgable Germans.

    September 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  23. MRM

    Most of the grumbling small neighbours of India were once a part of India. They broke free of India to assert independence and now blame India for not taking care of them. India has enough number of its own states to take care of. If these small states agree to re-unify with India, India will be obliged to take care of them. Is that an agreeable option ?

    September 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  24. kamal zaki

    In my view, opinion, and according to my contacts and work history with indians and germans, I fond that both indian and german peoply are motivated, very hard worker, with so much above averge IQs.

    September 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  25. Harry Gill

    That is an easy question. North Indians (Sikhs) and Germans are Aryan brothers. Historically, the Aryans migrated from the Caucasus mountains to India. These Aryans brought the Sanskrit and Hindu religion to India. For example, the Swastisca symbol comes from Sanskrit and is the national symbol of India for the past >200 years. It is a symbol of prosperity and is proudly displayed through out India on buildings, cars, etc even today. (However, Hilter took the mirror image of the symbol and corrupted it for the west.) The Hindu religion, back then, was monotheistic. These Aryans setup the Caste System and tried to elevate the Dravidians from pagan worshipping. Both the caste system and the Hindu religion broke down over the centuries. The Dravidians were from the South of India, very dark in complexion but with very long hair that went down to their ankles. In modern day India, Sikhs are descendant of the Aryans and still have similar beliefs to western religions.

    September 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  26. Parm Mohan

    Both countries are power houses that can accomplish great things with the right leadership. Traditionally, both people are hard working and disciplined.

    Germany is known for its industry and India for its Economic Growth.

    Subhas Chandra Bose asked for Germany's assistance to liberate India from British Occupation.

    Immanuel Kant phisophical arguements agreed with the ethics of the India's Bible – the Bhagavad Gita.

    Both Germany and India are known to have the best Castles in the World

    September 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  27. Inar

    The common "Aryan" heritage may seem confusing, given the different appearance of Indians and Germans. Is the link only cultural or also genetic? At any rate, many resembling words mean the same in German and Sanskrit and/or Gurmuki. Mother is "Mutter" in German and "Mater" in Gurmuki. There are surprisingly many more similar examples.

    Indians give Germans the wisdom of Ayurvedic mysticism. The German speaking world, in return, has offered philosphical and scientific insights that can at least be interpreted as underpinning Ayurvedic wisdom (Hegel, Jung, Einstein, Schrødinger).

    German classical music (60-70% of famous classical composers have been German speaking) not only come from a completely different musical tradition as the Indian. The two musical traditions are based on two different musical philosophies (the Indian naad yoga system, with focus on Raags). These two philosophies may enrich and compliment each other.

    Homeopathy was invented by Samuel Hahnemann in the 19th century. Today, Germany risks losing an important part of its cultural heritage by forbidding homeopathic practice by anyone who is not also an allopathic medical doctor (the very same group whose lobby opposes Homeopathy's validity and right of existance). In India, on the other hand, they have excelling homeopathic hospitals. Here, Germany is in urgent need to learn from India.

    Germany has a strong focus on environment and sustainability. This shows in everything from the recent "nuclear tax" used to fund development of clean and sustainable energy sources – to the fact that Germany as the EU's most populous nation has FULLY regulated its own populatioon growth. Here India has something to learn. By following Germany's example, they can be an alternative to China's coal-fueld communist-capitalist industry. The need for regulation of population growth is urgent, as India is poised to become the worlds most population with only 1/3 of the area of China.

    The caste system of India resembles (in certain ways) the very strickt social rank order that existed in Germany up until the end of WWII. Germany needed the total devistation of loss in a "full scale war" to rebuild itself as a country of social equality. Hopefully, India can manage the same more painlessly.

    September 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  28. Jason Smith

    I have a great idea on how to connect these tow nations: both have a long and ancient history of their cultural contributions to the world:
    lets just name a quick list here for all the (WWII-blinded people) that somehow cannot help but think 60 years afterwards still only about this topic when it comes tom Germany:
    have you ever heard about these folks: Bach, Beethoven, Goethe, Schiller, Kanth, Einstein, Schopenhauer, Schwartz ,Nietzsche, Karl Marx, Freud, Lessing, Kant, Leibniz, Karl the Great, Hegel, Fichte, Wagner....well the list could go on for ever:
    If we just look at the invention of the automobile that was NOT invented by Henry T. Ford (Ford only invented the assembley line) and we look at Albert Einstein which was NOT Swiss but born, raised and educated in Germany. (He wrote the second half of his theory of relativity in Berlin, and he was born in Ulm, Germany)...then we know about what kind of country we are talking here...what kind of contributions came from there.
    if we now look at India:
    Inda brought exactly this kind of intellecutal contributions to the world . If you only look at Hinduism and its beautifull contributions to world affair. If you look at Gandhi, you know what great nation we are talking about here. That is for me the common ground of those two nations.
    If I may add here: why are people still only talking about Nazis when it comes to Germany? Are they really that bad informed about the this great country and its history apart from WWII?

    September 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  29. Prax Grewal

    Indians and Germans think they are from same race (ARYANS) and both countrys and people always helping worldwide. Both were enemies of UK during WW2. and love Swastika Symbol. Sanskrit is considered their comman language before Latin. Bollywood and Yoga is quite famous in both countries.

    September 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  30. Achates

    Both countries were occupied partly by Britain for some part of history, I guess.

    September 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  31. Francis

    When linguists tried to map out the world's languages, one family of languages they identified was "Indo-European" languages. Most of the Indian languages as well as German were included within this family.

    September 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  32. Abhiram Modak

    I think Indian languages and German language are closrly connected with respect to their Grammar – the way words are constructed ( joining of words " called Sandhi" in Marathi/Sanskrit), also the place of verb in the sentence. For example see the place of verb 'go' in English / German / Marathi sentence
    I 'go' there / Ich dort 'gehen' / Me Tikde 'jato' (jato is Marathi form (though not exact) 'go')
    Infact the language group was called Indo-German till very recently ( now I believe it is Indo-European)
    I believe it is easier to learn German through Marathi/Hindi/Sanskrit than English, specially the grammar part

    September 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  33. Reggie

    This one is easy, but complex. Germanic and Indian people contributed significantly to our gift of communication, hence the etymological term "Indo-Germanic group of languages". They both engaged in intense fighting with Britain, in which Hitler admitted (and condoned) his war would weaken British hold over India. Economic comparisons aside, both countries are under-rated when it comes to their ability in high-tech, something for which the Einstein-Bose partnership in nuclear physics may be seen as a harbinger. Both nations made nuclear powered ships, an exclusive achievement of both technology and engineering. Both were first to use solid fuel missiles on their continents; Germany with V1 or V2's and India in the 1700's with Tipu Sultan's rockets against British invaders. Most importantly, they both suffered national partition, and are struggling to re-integrate or at least co-operate with their former "parts", for which progress may be slow but outlook seems promising. Thanks, and success in finding more common ground! BTW, they both demanding the right to a permanent UNSC seat. Easy, but complex!

    September 17, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  34. Vesh

    Both countries emphasize the importance of education. The end result is that both nations produce lots of brilliant people and great products.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  35. SocQ

    India was ruled by foreigners for over nine centuries. Germany has been more independent. The geramanic tribes sure put the Romans to the test. India has never been much of an aggressor. Mostly passive. Today India tries to deny the contributions of its foreign rulers and is in the process of creating a revisionist history, as is evident in their education system, which only plays up its hindu history. But in reality India is a composite of all these foreign and hindu cultures.

    Germany & India both speak Indo Aryan languages, and probably even share some Y chromosome haplogroups; Thanks to aryan migrations to east and west after the great deluge in the black sea.

    Both have technological prowess, and value science!

    September 17, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  36. Rahul jain

    The best connection come into my mind,is that both country use to be a super power in past; India is use to be a largest economy in the world,before british coming to India,while germany use to be a millitary powerhouse in the world in 1900's.

    Now,once again both countries look promissing in future as new superpower.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:22 am | Reply
  37. S

    My husband's family immigrated to the US from Germany, mine immigrated from India and I can honestly say that there is something to "opposites attracting". People of both cultures are frankly fascinated by the other as we have noticed time and time again. German people always ask me about India and Indian culture and I get the same the other way too. He loves Sambhar and I can't live without Sauerkraut now. Of course if you go back historically both the countries share Indo-European origin as evidenced by the languages spoken in those countries.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:10 am | Reply
  38. Tan Lai Huat @ Chin Lai Huat

    Both Germans and Indians are generally hard working people.
    Research and Development for Medicine, Automobiles and IT are on-going in both Germany and India.
    Both their buidings displayed in your page represents honour, quality construction and strength. They respect Architecture and Literature as much as their Cultures.
    Thank you.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:41 am | Reply
  39. Tom Harris

    The true meaning of the swastika and the word Aryan were misused by the Nazis to pursue their heinous ambitions.

    There is absolute, totally no relationship between the Indian swastika/Aryan and the Nazi swastika/Aryan. Period.

    Check your facts before you write your comments. Think before you talk.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:42 am | Reply
  40. chandra shekhar

    like Swastika i find another word Van.Van is for vehilce in German, Wahan in Sanskrit means vehicle.There may be many words in German which has root in ancient Sanskrit , the language of the Aryans.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:46 am | Reply
  41. Indu

    when you think of Homeopathy , it is Germany and India .
    When you think of family values , it is Germany and India .

    September 18, 2010 at 2:57 am | Reply
  42. Nash

    Weighing in on the side of philosophy and literature, mention should be made of Schopenhauer and Hesse, the latter penning the novels "Steppenwolf" and "Siddhartha"

    September 18, 2010 at 3:12 am | Reply
  43. Ilya

    In fact, Europe and Asia are in many respects mirror images of each other across the continent-separating line.

    Easy parallels geographically and culturally:

    United Kingdom = Japan (small islands off the coast of the continent that became great powers and are very much into politeness)
    Italy = India (triangle off the bottom of the continent; hot, religious and cultural superpowers, family-oriented)
    Cicily = Sri Lanka (island off the bottom of the triangle, violence-prone)
    Balkans = Middle East (very religious, constant wars)
    France = China (very rich culture, beautiful countries, once-great powers)

    fill the rest in yourselves.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:18 am | Reply
  44. Deepak

    while india was under british rule during ww2 , great freedom fighter of india Shubhash chandra bose see a weakness of Britisher and went to axis powers to get their support and attack British Indian forces. he went to soviet union, imperial japan, and nazi germany where he had meeting with hitler. dont no what the outcome of the meeting was... later on he founded the Free India Centre in Berlin, and created the Indian Legion (consisting of some 4500 soldiers) out of Indian prisoners of war who had previously fought for the British in North Africa prior to their capture by Axis forces.. however with the help of germany, bose was finally able to setup military camp in rangoon and today we know him as a great freedom fighter in india. becuase of little help from imperial japan and nazi germany.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:20 am | Reply
  45. Suresh

    In the same Indo-European language family. Both people has their roots in Persia.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:21 am | Reply
  46. Srinivasa Prasad Muddalapuram

    India and Germany have enjoyed long-standing historic and cultural ties. Nazi Germany supported Indian political leader Subhash Chandra Bose's bid for armed struggle against British colonial rule and helped organize the Indian National Army along with Japan. India was the first nation to end the state of war with Germany after the Second World War. After a spell in Argentina, aircraft designer Kurt Tank, who worked for Focke-Wulf during World War II, moved to India. First he worked as Director of the Madras Institute of Technology, and later joined Hindustan Aeronautics, where he designed the Hindustan Marut fighter-bomber, the first military aircraft constructed in India. Tank left Hindustan Aeronautics in 1967 and by the 1970s had returned to live in Berlin, basing himself in Germany for the rest of his life. He died in Munich in 1983.

    India maintained diplomatic relations with both West Germany and East Germany but supported their reunification in 1990. In 2008, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a high-profile official visit to India that led to the signing of several agreements expanding bilateral cooperation in commerce, science, technology and defence.

    Development of bilateral ties

    Germany has extensively supported education and cultural development in India. Germany helped establish the Indian Institute of Technology Madras after both governments signed an agreement in 1956 and increased its cooperation and supply of technology and resources over the decades to help expand the institution.

    In 2008, both nations established the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre in New Delhi to promote joint research and development in energy, environment, coal and water technologies.Germany is India's largest European trading partner and the 5th largest trade partner. Current trade volume stands at € 10.5 billion in 2006, € 12.7 billion in 2007-08 and both nations see it increasing to € 30 billion by 2010. India and Germany enjoy strong commerce and cooperation in telecommunications, engineering, environmental technology, food processing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:35 am | Reply
  47. Mel

    Both countries make the best cars in the world (no, really! India does!)

    September 18, 2010 at 3:37 am | Reply
  48. Sandeep

    Being the decendance of the Aryan clan with the Swastika symbol, the Aryan language – Sanskrit is still taught in German and Indian universities. Both the countries have very strong foundation of science and engineering.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:59 am | Reply
  49. atul

    1. Germany responsible for world war 2 and people want to forget that bad experience.

    whereas indians who fought and died alongside british in the war have a measly one monument in britain despite the fact their numbers were far greater so they are largely forgotten.

    2. Swastik is the sign of peace and prosperity and sacred to hindus and originated in India and proofs are in the mohenjodaro and harappa civilizations excavations etc. For some reason hitler used that sacred peaceful symbol for war.

    3. People of both countries are hard working and interlinked in source and product relationship in steel and iron ore industry.

    September 18, 2010 at 4:19 am | Reply
  50. SV

    German language has a sanskrit base. The language is probably the most important link but unknown to most people.

    September 18, 2010 at 4:30 am | Reply
  51. patel

    besides the aryan ancestry, the swastika and love of bollywood i dont see much else that these 2 nations share. germans are very passionate in their pusuit of perfection (for example engineering), and this seems to come out of a sense of bettering society. and although indians are very much also ambitious in their pursuit of passion, it doesnt seem to come out of a sense of society/community but rather from a sense of self-improvement.

    September 18, 2010 at 4:49 am | Reply
  52. Natasha

    Pune city in India which is know for its very strong citizen groups and Bremen in Germany have been sister cities for the past 30 years. There is constant exchange ideas, and strengthen the relationship between Bremen and Pune between the youth & NGO's.
    A group of committed citizens in both the cities constantly try to strengthen this partnership by establishing a network between NGO’s from both the cities. Pune city also has named a street in one of its elite area to honor this friendship know as Bremen Chowk (Bremen Circle ) in Aundh which was inaugurated by Dr. Henning Scherf, mayor of Bremen, Germany on 13th Nov. 1997.
    Pune already boasts of over 250 small and big German business collaborations and had started direct Frankfurt-Pune flights which has been temporarily stopped due to airport renovation work. Since flights were introduced it drew the attention of the North Rhine-Westphalia known as Germany’s economic powerhouse, that has some business hubs like Cologne and Düsseldorf, which is making attempts to directly woo Indian investors. NRW.Invest GmbH, the economic development agency of the Federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia, also officially open shop and the headquarters are in Pune as per my knowledge. The Max Muller Bhavan in Pune city constantly has German movies & shows which is very popular with Pune citizens. Their library has a very cool collection which is popular amoung the students. The people also look forward to the German food fest that is organized frequently where one can get to taste the lovely German cusine but unfortunatley the German beer is gupled down by the luck few thousands who arrive there early. Some of the best schools in Pune are also run by Jesuits priest many of whom are Germans & well respected by the people.

    September 18, 2010 at 4:55 am | Reply
  53. Sree'

    I, as an Indian, work on SAP, which is German 🙂

    Don't know much precisely but fairly, both are contributers to Global Development. And Yeah, I Love VW Golf.


    September 18, 2010 at 5:15 am | Reply
  54. Axis

    Germany and India were both Axis powers

    September 18, 2010 at 5:26 am | Reply
  55. Eunyoung shin

    both countries have experince that they fought to UK in history.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:50 am | Reply
  56. Hannah Lee

    They shared the same flat together. My German and Indian flatmate had stayed in the same flat for more than one year. They are so different, but so matched with each other. From Indian's belief and lifestyle, they are humble and modest. German are more likely to express themselves and share their spirit. They learned from each other, and eventually they have so much in comment.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:03 am | Reply
  57. Rahul Gopi

    Ok this is a good one, taking further from hirendra, firstly it would be worth mentioning that i have lived in Germany, turkey, and india. present day connections like SAP Software, Bollywood, ideological parallels can be termed as a world phenomenon rather than a special link between India and Germany alone. What we need to explore is something that is unique to both these countries alone. Now many indians will not like to hear this but Swastik symbol is not of indian origin eventhough it was used as a holy symbol by the Aryans.....but we need to see from where did these Aryans came from..Thousands years ago, The Aryans originally came from central Europe (in which germany covers the max area) and they gradually shifted down towards east..settling down in groups in middle east, azerbaijan, turkmenistan, uzbekistan, samarkand area and finally largest group reaching and settling down in the lush green Indian plain across the rivers...Hence, eventhough India and Germany are quite far apart yet you can still find quite similarities in some words ( and with other words there has been a gradual shift of tongue in pronouncing it ) like one which surprised our hirendra below..but there are infact a lot more.
    One more interesting fact is FACE structure composition, if you explore villages in Haryana state of India ( why i went only in deep villages in haryana is bcz of its deep rooted caste system and closed society approach. as they dont allow their women to marry with men from outside their socital hierarchy hence you will find much better specimen which can give me hint to their ancestoral background), and you will find face structure thats quite alike to a german, including but not limited to having a GERMAN NOSE and much unlike than average indian face. Now i would also mention like i said above that the most of the settlements of the ARYANS were in plain regions and Haryana is a vast plain region and dominated by farming from centuries.

    As for the symbol of SWASTIKA, its not indian at all, you will find the same symbol with different angles in other central asian countries as well (which lies along the path that the aryans took from central europe to india). i know i would make some indian friends upset with all respect to our culture, but this is true. so to link only this symbol with india and germany would be entirely pointless. but i think if you can see how deep the root goes, i think you can get a feeling in turn how tall and green is the tree in the open now.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:35 am | Reply
  58. arun

    Both German and Indian languages share a common base with Sanskrit

    September 18, 2010 at 7:01 am | Reply
  59. Tj

    Well, Germany's violent racism problem is alive and well, and here's an attack on Indians, which goes on more often than Germany wants people to believe, where a mob attacked, and onlookers did nothing, just like in Rostock 1992:


    Many racial attacks in Germany go on and on and are never reported on, especially by our news, and concealed. Even the victims here weren't told about the trial.

    Germany might have philosophers and literature to its credit, but take it from an Indian living here, they can easily be worked into a violent frenzy again and are still extremely nationalistic and violent when it comes to foreigners and Nazism again is on the rise.

    Prakash is completely wrong- Germany is only helpful to France and this region has a lot of tension due to suppression of eastern European nations and limitations on their EU citizenship. On top of that, Germany has a large control of the EU council and is never punished for overspending, and imposes its own ideals of supermoralism (to make up for atrocities in WWII) in the form of extreme and unattainable environmental goals and control of corruption, which exists, on a massive scale, in Germany. Germany also has discrimination against women, citable by a recent EU initiative. The problem is even worse on the lower end. Germany is also home to Europe's largest Nazi rally in Dresden, a joke on even the opposing side, who only chase cameras and object to Nazism when the world brings their cameras in, not during the other 354 days a year when people are being murdered in their courtrooms, for instance, and simply being treated extremely poorly by Dresdners who pretend they had nothing to do with Nazism, but are now perpetual victims of a bombing they inflicted on themselves.

    There is a lot of ugliness in Germany a tourist won't get vacationing for two weeks in a tourist area.

    September 18, 2010 at 7:09 am | Reply
  60. Azeez

    Indian caste system was an aryan invention, aryans may have their origin in Germany. Racism in germany from the white race towards the darks (I am indian origin German). The same racism do exist in India (I lived 12 years in india).

    September 18, 2010 at 7:13 am | Reply
  61. Sumanth

    I would like to show a literary connection to the Germans and Indians.

    I come from a south Indian state called Karnataka, where the predominantly spoken language is Kannada. The first ever exposure of Kannada to the western world was taken up by the Germans (as the british scholars ignored Kannada). Rev. Ferdinand Kittel from Germany composed the first Kannada-English dictionary, consisting of more than 70,000 words in the mid nineteenth century.

    Ref: Manjulakshi & Bhat. "Kannada Dialect Dictionaries and Dictionaries in Subregional Languages of Karnataka". Language in India, Volume 5 : 9 September 2005. Central Institute of Indian Languages, University of Mysore. http://www.languageinindia.com/sep2005/kannadadictionary1.html.

    Also from my personal experience of visiting Germany:

    During my stay in the Netherlands for my masters degree, i got numerous opportunities to visit Germany and found that quite a lot of Germans are interested very much in the Indian culture, whom I termed "Indophiles".

    From history: Indian freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose and his exploits in Germany

    A not-so-talked-about chapter in Indo-german relations due to the obvious associations with the Nazis. Although, the Netaji (Subhas) forged an alliance with nazi Germany, it was in the interest of securing freedom to India from the colonial british who had enslaved the Indians for over 270 years. He was one of the few allies of the third reich who was a vocal critics of their racial policy [1]. His philosophy being "The enemy of my enemy, is my friend".

    He went on to establish a "free India Legion" composed of captured Indian PoWs by Rommel who saw action fighting for Germany in France. Later, the lack of interest if not hostility shown by Hitler in the cause of Indian independence [2] eventually caused Bose to become disillusioned and he decided to leave Nazi Germany in 1943.

    [1] Bose to Dr. Thierfelder of the Deutsche Academie, Kurhaus Hochland, Badgastein, 25th March 1936 "Today I regret that I have to return to India with the conviction that the new nationalism of Germany is not only narrow and selfish but arrogant." The Essential Writings of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Edited by Sisir K. Bose & Sugata Bose (Delhi: Oxford University Press) 1997 p155
    [2] Hauner, M (1981) India in Axis Strategy: Germany, Japan, and Indian Nationalists in the Second World War, Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart P28-29

    September 18, 2010 at 7:30 am | Reply
  62. tally

    u will be surprised that many of us have been brought up in india being taught that we have many linkages with germany

    September 18, 2010 at 7:49 am | Reply
  63. Rakesh Sharma

    I heard that Indians and Germans are from a common descendant Aryans, several times from my teachers.

    Not sure if this is the fact. However, If CNN can discover this, Global Connections will be a hit show!!!

    September 18, 2010 at 7:50 am | Reply
  64. VMW

    Germany might be a developed and industrialized nation, however it is homogeneously prospering and growing like the fastest developing nations such as China or India. Germany has a strong bilateral economic relationship between the Asia-Pacific region and exchanging great values, practical experiences on doing business in the region.

    Information technology is an industry, which both countries have something in common and constantly supporting each other via exchange of ideas, values and of course mitigating risk in a short span.

    September 18, 2010 at 7:52 am | Reply
  65. Harry Hahn

    Swastikas are not a Nazi symbol, they are an Indo-European symbol. Many Pre-Roman era artefacts found everywhere in Europe have swastikas on them.

    The Nazis picked up that symbol because they wanted people to beleive they were the "real" Europeans.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:04 am | Reply
  66. Sreeram krishnan

    Germany is the museum of the past. India is the future of mankind.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:18 am | Reply
  67. Bala

    The Sanskrit and German languages are both based on sound or phonetics and your pronunciation is directly based on what you write. Hardly any gaps.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:23 am | Reply
  68. Chowdhury

    Well both countries has a past and present issues on serious violation of human rights towards its ethnic minorities and troubling the neighboring countries.

    Germany's holocaust past needs no explanation (yet the world even Europe never learned from it). While at present India's negligence and discrimination towards it's Muslim minorities is appalling.

    India's relation to its neighboring countries like Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh are always seems to be dominant and threatening because of it's unfair trade policies and interference on their internal politics.

    India controls the major rivers flowing throw Bangladesh with building dams on their side and devastating the lives of millions of people in Bangladesh with floods and droughts.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:33 am | Reply
  69. Rajamannar

    Every one thinks that all Indians are descendants from Aryans. That's wrong. Before Aryans came to India, rich north india belonged to Dravidans . Once Aryans ( currently Hindi speaking people) destroyed the livelihood of the indiegnous people drove them toward the non-fertile south india.

    Is it resembles to current affairs in Australia or Iraq?

    All the fair skinned ( in other words white people) are war mongers and destroy the people in other parts of the world....

    Am I sounding too negative....Sorry truth always hurts....

    September 18, 2010 at 8:36 am | Reply
  70. SocQ

    Germany is clean and orderly. India is just a mess!

    September 18, 2010 at 8:44 am | Reply
  71. Deepak

    Common things:
    1) Homeopathy medicines is invented by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. India still uses these medicines widely.
    2) Indians use German manufactured Cars BMW, Merc etc
    3) Popular TATA Nano car starters (which are very small in size) are manufactured in German car manufacturing company.
    4) Germans like Indian food
    5) Many indians work in German IT companies. Especially in Supply Chain management and SAP
    6) Subhash Chandra bose met Hitler
    7) Nazi's use Swastik symbol (they may not be copied from india but they use it)
    8) India export agricultural products to Germany
    9) German Airlines Air Lufthansa widely carries out its operations in India
    lastly both INDIA and GERMANY have two letters common in their names. Guess what ?? its "A" and "N"... LOL

    September 18, 2010 at 8:53 am | Reply
  72. Millet

    Prakash Thapa is a Paki presenting myself to be an Indian.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:31 am | Reply
  73. Manik Sachdeva

    An Exchange visit to Germany's rural town Rhinebach has been one of my most cherished memories. Like most satellite towns and villages in India, folks living in Germany are family oriented with closed knit communities.

    There are no Mc Donalds or BK's here, people cook at home and spend time with families on the dinner table discussing politics and thier day to day lifes. An average household is very warm to guests and often invites neighbours if they have a visitor from overseas. I loved to interact with my host family and thier friends over a galss of wine after dinner every day. Rich history and strong cultural background makes Germans and Indian's argumentative, philosophical, and inquesitive about what's happening around them. While we study thier research on economics, germans love to study ancient india and its gifts of religion, medicine and Yoga. There a lot expect from both countries and thier citizens in future.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:33 am | Reply
  74. vikram

    1)I am an Indian living near the German border in Holland. The similarities between India and Germany are far and few.
    2)However as an engineer I see they have alot of engineers like india does.Culturaly as the Indians the Germans too regard engineering very imporatant to imporving there lives.
    3)Also in Germany many highways dont have speed limits and India they also dont have speed limits on highways (illegaly becasue no body inforces it) . I drivin in germany at almost 200 Km/hour . In india I can also do the same on some highways too.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:43 am | Reply
  75. Varghese Podur

    At first glance there are more contrasts than similarities.
    Germans share a common language, culture and Christian heritage. India is multi-lingual, multi-racial and has many religions. Germans take pride in their punctuality, neatness, precision and efficiency. If one is orderly, the other appears chaotic.

    In some ways, the cultures of Germany and India are complementary to each other.
    When Germany was masculine and assertive, India was welcoming and assimilating. Even in folklore, the Rhine is masculine while Ganges is known as a goddess. Deutschland is fatherland, India is motherland. Such distinctions are even obvious in art, music and dance. If Indians marvel Mercedes and Autobahns, Germans adore the sentimentality of Bollywood, the beauty of Indian music and dance, and admire the depth of Hindu and Buddhist philosophy. India is a favorite destination for German tourists.

    I had the good fortune to be an Indian student in Cologne in the 1960s. I am grateful for all the kindness and generosity. Fellow students invited me to their homes for Christmas, for birthdays or just for dinner. I was showered with gifts and genuine friendship. Many such friendships lasted a lifetime.

    Look closely and one can identify much in common. Whether or not there are identifiable remnants of a cultural ancestry, both countries have contributed enormously to the fabric of human civilization. These are cultures that withstood the test of time and overcame adversity. Both were divided and partitioned in the 20th century. Both are middle powers at the present. Germany has a female prime minister and India has a female president. Both are thriving democracies. From the ashes of the Second World War which was brought on by a Fuehrer who was neither German nor Aryan, Germany built an economic miracle and a welfare state which is the envy of the world.
    India’s challenges are even more formidable, burdened with pervasive poverty and overpopulation and having been abused and exploited many times in the past. Like Germany, India is apparently on its way to taking its rightful place in the world, and Germany has quietly made enormous contributions to the growth and development that India enjoys now.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:53 am | Reply
  76. Harb Biddebat

    There are some Indians working and studying in Germany as well as Pakistanis. Both countries have interesting ideas about what "modern" or the "future" mean. Bhangra music is becoming a little more known in Germany. I think all of this is more interesting than the Swastika.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:57 am | Reply
  77. Bala Sethuram

    German Scholar Max Muller wrote the following about India:

    What can It teach us?:

    'We all come from the East-all that we value most has come to us from the East....everybody ought to feel that he is going to his"old home", full of memories, if only he can read them.

    He was aware of hard realities of the then India.In his old age he frankly confessed: 'I do not desire to see the geographical Benares with my physical eye.My idea of that city is so high that i cannot risk disillusionment.'

    Now What Indians feel about India's Heritage and Current India:
    Most Indians feel the same way at the eating away of rich tapestry of human civilization's core dharmic values that brought about nationhood (now in corrupted ruins) and the secular nonsense peddled by parochial leaders in India now.

    September 18, 2010 at 10:13 am | Reply
  78. Edward

    Curry-wurst !!!

    (am I right?)

    September 18, 2010 at 10:20 am | Reply
  79. martin

    it is very sad, that most of the comments are about the swastika symbol, hitler or whatever...

    it shows that most of you know nothing about germany at all.

    September 18, 2010 at 10:32 am | Reply
  80. erfan

    Indian brutality in Kashmir and Germans ignorance in Palestine and support for killer Israel is very very similar, remarkable connection

    September 18, 2010 at 10:37 am | Reply
  81. Poushali Majumder

    There are several connections between these two very different countries – India & Germany

    1. Apart from their flair of art and music, the Germans & Indians also have a deep socio-cultural interrelation. Friedrich Max Müller (December 6, 1823 – October 28, 1900) more popularly known as Max Müller, was one of the most famous German philologist, Orientalist and one of the founders of the western academic field of Indian studies and the discipline of comparative religion. Besides, Müller had an aptitude for learning Classical languages like Latin, Greek, Arabic and Sanskrit. Müller's Sanskrit studies came at a time when scholars had started to see language development in relation to cultural development. In particular the Vedic culture of India was thought to have been the ancestor of European Classical cultures and moreover the Vedic language, Sanskrit, was thought to be the oldest of the Indo European languages.
    Müller was greatly impressed by the thoughts of the famous mystic of 19th-century India, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, also the contemporary and proponent of Vedantic philosophy. Müller has authored several essays and books on him. It is argued that a crucial role was played by Müller in initiating debate on two major social issues of Indian society – child marriage and widow remarriage. He several times expressed the view that a "reformation" within Hinduism needed to occur comparable to the Christian Reformation. To execute reformation in Hindu society, Müller also used his links with the Brahmo Samaj in order to encourage such a reformation on the lines pioneered by one of the most advanced Indian Raja Ram Mohan Roy.

    2. Indian film industry has conquered the hearts of millions across borders. Berlin, the culturally enriched capital in Germany is not left behind. The famous Berlin Film Festival showcases a lot of Indian movies every year, this year being exceptionally well featuring 8 Indian movies with a wide variation, ranging from Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan to Satyajit Ray’s Charulata. This clearly shows that even the Germans are getting hooked up to the spicy flavor of Indian cinema.

    I go to a fitness center in Dresden, Germany and was really surprised to see that the movie parlor in the gym has a good collection of the German version of some of the Bollywood blockbusters like ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, ‘DDLJ’ to name a few.

    3. One of the most prominent connection between the two countries is Homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine. In India this form of medication is enormously popular. But to my surprise Homeopathy was first proposed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796 and is equally popular practice in Germany. My next door neighbor, a German lady, gave me Arnica when I got hurt. It really felt like home then 🙂

    Thanks CNN for making this worthy effort to connect these two countries.

    September 18, 2010 at 10:50 am | Reply
  82. Joseph Matchanickal

    I believe that Homeopathy, a form of medical practice with its own medicines, is very much practiced in India, and has its origin in Germany.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:01 am | Reply
  83. Brenton Withers

    As an American living in Germany for the past three years, I've surprisingly also had a fair amount to do with India. In the summer of 2010, I finished my masters thesis at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster on Jhumpa Lahiri and the diasporic experience of her characters in American culture.

    India and Germany are of course vastly different and throughout history have had less to do with one another than perhaps some other Western cultures with ties to Asia. Nevertheless, there are two points in which I feel that Germany and India share a great deal.

    Firstly, the Germans and Indians are constantly looking beyond their borders into the wide world with a certain fascination and awe. Germans spend more on international travel than any other nation and India, as a nation of extreme diversity in its own right, has proven itself to be highly interested in the cultures and practices of many other nations. Their overwhelming interest in foreign culture and the world stage is also evidenced by their extremely large diasporas, both having a significant presence on nearly every continent.

    Secondly, both Germany and India exhibit a very broad political spectrum. From openly communist and socialist parties to extreme right wing movements, almost every political ideology is represented in their governments and on the streets. This can attributed to Germany's unique history in Europe as the border between east and west; where on the Asian stage India is in this respect something of an abnormality on a continent where societal harmony is often valued over personal interest.

    Germany and India are a wonderful example of the idea that even the most different nations can share very foundational characteristics. I believe that both should and must be watched and understood in the coming century.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:01 am | Reply
  84. Bidyut

    Lets go 60 years back. the great Indian revolutionary leader Subhas Chandra Bose (Netaji) was in Germany to seek its support for India's freedom. There she met a German woman of Austrian origin, they fell in love and got married. Bose's grandson and his daughter loves India with their life. Apart from this connection which nurtured during India's quest for freedom, I think there are many ways India and Germany is connected. Both German and Sanskrit descend from a group of language system known as 'Indo-Germanic'. A lot of Germans travel to India and become followers of Lord Krishna and spend their life in devotion and towards service for the destitute. I personally like the German rock band 'Rammstein'. Don't forget about Hermann Hesse, the German nobel prize winner in Literature, his parents were Indologist and he wrote a famous book named 'Siddhartha' . How about Max Muller? He was a leading Sanskrit scholar. In Kolkata he is still a household name. Don't forget the Bose-Einstein theory. More literary connections; Friedrich von Schlegel was the translator of Laws of Manu and Jacob Wilhelm Hauer were few other acclaimed German Indologists. Indian philosophy has attracted German intellectuals, since 19th century, and even today.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:07 am | Reply
  85. Ranjit

    A little known connection perhaps is the Lutheran Christian tradition which continues to be strong in southern India. I'm an Indian Christian, and my mother's family continues to hold their Lutheran roots close to their everyday lives. There are several family members who make trips to Germany to discover more about the roots of the Lutheran Christian faith, and Martin Luther I. The influence of Lutheran missionaries in southern India certainly continues to be a strong connection between the two countries!

    September 18, 2010 at 11:24 am | Reply
  86. Satpreet Mand

    The connections between India and Germany go back to the origin of the Aryans. According to German philosopher Max Mueller the Aryans came into India from Central Europe and dominated north India and in turn pushed the Dravidians to the South. However, this has been refuted to the extent that Aryans migrated from India to Central Asia and finally Europe.
    It is the origin of people that seems to be the real connection. North Indian sir names are similar to the Germans like Mann and Gill. It is the origin of the Aryan race that might bring Germany and India closest to each other.
    Germans have taken keen interest in Ancient Indian history and have been responsible for translating Hindu religious books like the Vedas and Ramayana. Their understanding of ancient Indian history and philosophy could be the greatest connection established over time.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:28 am | Reply
  87. Arun

    I am an Indian living in Germany. From my personal experiences, an average german (G) and an average indian (I) are very dissimilar.
    e.g. (G) will mostly live by the book thereby making a better social surrounding and on the other hand (I) will mostly avoid it. (G) cares for the environment and (I) doesn't.

    Talking about the culture of the two countries, I would say that's even more dissimilar. e.g. alcohol (beer,wine) is a part of culture in Germany but considered as a stigma in most of india. India celebrates more than 20 different national festivals which is not the case in Germany. Germany has a mostly a homogeneous culture and language which is not the case with india with more than 20 languages and cultures.

    Talking about the scientific developments, most of the German universities do cutting edge research with federal funding as well as industrial. Only a handful of universities are involved in research in india with a meagre federal funding and no industrial which becomes a pathetic figure when compared to respective populations. Economic and infrastructure comparisons are pretty much known to everyone.

    Watching a few bollywood movies doesn't make a connection. Yoga is followed all around the world not just in Germany. Every country has its own rich musical culture and not just Germany and India. So dear author, according to me, it is a wrong connection.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:33 am | Reply
  88. Ichbinbeen

    Connection between Germany and India? Lufthansa.. Every day!

    September 18, 2010 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • sophos

      Air India also.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  89. Rohit Singh

    Germay is famous for its cars BMW, MERCEDES, AUDI etc. especially for thier peformance and high end engineering. Now, India at the other end is knows for low cost innovation in automobiles. Especially the TATA NANO the cheapest fully functional car in the world. So basically, both countries excel in innovation and engineering in the automobile sector, ofcourse in different segments.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  90. Sumit Lanong

    "Mein Kampf"sold 10,000 books in New Delhi within a short period in early 2009.Rest of India may have sold millions.The book is primarily used by Indian business students for Management Tactics."Swastika"symbol was borrowed by Hitler for his Nazi party depicting the Aryan race which is 5000 years old in India.

    In the 40's My Grand-Aunty married a German Navy Chief Engineer and they both have a daughter who resides in bremen.In the 70's My own Aunty married a chef from the same ship my grand uncle served and they have a son who also works in Bremen.Over the years in my interaction with them I have realised that Germans are culturally far developed than their other european counterparts.We always hear of the common stereotypes about french and british culture but the germans have a very rich history minus the 2nd world war.

    From my recent experience I think Germans and Indians are very much academically minded.They both have a passion for Science and Mathematics.There is a lot shared between this two countries but cant think of more than one at this moment.But from my childhood I do know that German Technology and Engineering have helped India much before the IT revolution hit indian shores.
    bis bald..

    September 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  91. Nash

    Both Germany and India are home to indigenous languages (German and Hindi) that rank among the top-ten languages most-spoken languages in the world, with both languages spoken primarily in one, localized and contiguous region of the world, as opposed to other large languages which are spread out over several continents (i.e. English, Spanish, etc)

    September 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  92. indeevar Nemani

    GRAMMAR is the most ancient and subtle link. German and Sanskrit (mother of all indo-aryan languages) have a similar declension system. Where as the current day Indian languages inherited the vocabulary of Sanskrit German has a derived flavor of Sanskrit grammar(lite version). Hence the ease of Germans to learn Sanskrit since centuries. German is the surviving phonetic language of europe, they read what they write without silent letters. So is Sanskrit since millenia perfectly phonetic to the core and rigid grammar framework nothing left loose for imagination. It is note worthy some Sanskrit scholars / texts migrated to Germany late 18th century and subsequently shooting Germany's special interest and Sanskrit and Vedic/sastra texts, metallurgical and machine sciences, mass manufacture of weapons. One has to notice the sudden spike in material inventions including Otto Hahn's fission atom bomb that turned the table in world war 2 History from Germans to the extent wikipedia has an exclusive page. Religious adherence to process perhaps a habit of Germans derived from the practice of sticking to the grammar (however tough it is). The German expertise in manufacturing, metallurgy, making mother machines that make other machines- – all in a surprisingly short window of time first half of 19th century. Love for Classical music(methodic and documented) is a also a common element that links India and Germany. One classic living example is the 'adoption of Voilin' into Carnatic musical fold (a south indian classical genre) and vice versa the ease of Indian voiloinists to play the western classical notes. No wonder some soft links like grammar or music still did not wither with time, others lost in the version of History that eventually prevailed.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  93. anand

    India is Aryan of what west thinks of Aryans is bull ,,,,,
    It's proved by many and by discovery of Indus valley civilization that there is nothing called Aryan, dravidian . Surprised to see a few Indians trying to link up something which never existed for what .. pleasing germans ? scoring points ?

    Nothing in common between countries ...
    Yes there is a connection, Max Muller happens to be first person a German to translate Vedas into English, albeit with his twist and understanding..

    There are lot of Indians, who are intrigued by the power of Hitler ..

    Subhash Chandra bose sought Hitler's help to support his army fight British .. Hitler refused to help.

    Both need each other in economic growth and prosperity ...

    Not sure if Germans like all Indian food, but all beer drinkers of India love German beer ..

    Indians like Steffi Graf ..lol

    September 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  94. Abbas

    Why not? It's very easy to make connection between Germany and India.

    Germany killed millions of zionists in WWII and India is killing Kashmiris but they have not yet reached the number they have decided to kill.

    You protest peacefully and then what you get in return is 17 protestors killed.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  95. Abbas

    Is this only world's oldest democracy? Weapons are brought up the by the weak people like terrorists.

    It can only happen in India, that you have a chief minister (Narendra Modi) of gujrat who is involved in killing of 3000 innocent muslims and nothing can be done against him because people of state support him. Wow! These are the people who claim to be human beings.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  96. Sayan Majumdar

    Friedrich Max Müller, the German philosopher interpreted the India’s sacred Vedas in the modern times.


    September 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  97. Tushar

    German (Deutsch) and Sanskrit grammar is very alike.
    Many German scholars have studies Sanskrit and helped connect the west to east.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  98. SGT

    I see lots of comments regarding Swastika the Hindu religious symbol and a similar symbol used by the Nazis. There is a difference between the two. The spokes of the two designs are in the opposite direction.

    Also there were lots or research done on the similarities, connections between German and Sanskrit.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  99. Zee yaghi

    They both hate the English ? hahahha
    Well, actually the Swastika symbol of Germany's former Nazi regime can be found on some Indian temples of worship in India, it's the same.
    We can add they both produced some of the greatest thinkers of all time, karl marx and Ghandi.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  100. John Kites

    Germany is to blame for World War || where as India will be responsible for World War |||

    September 18, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  101. Does not matter

    Homeopathy – a system of medicine founded in Germany, is a very popular system in India.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  102. Art

    Sanskrit and Greman languages have much in common their grammar – such as conjugation of verbs ...

    September 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  103. Kris

    Haha.....I am an Indian and my girlfriend is German......couldn't find a better connection :-))

    September 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  104. Vimal Dixit

    Hahnemaan from Germany was one of the founders of Homeopathy and India is the largest consumer of homeopathic medications. Indian freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose aligned his Indian National Army with Hitler and the Nazis during World War II. German and Sanskrit have very similar language syntax.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  105. Sam D

    – Practice of Homeopathy medicine

    – Keralite Catholic priests 😉

    September 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  106. Sameer Pathak

    Germany and India are closely intertwined in the most basic of all human connections: The Language. German and Hindi come from the same class of language "Indo-European" . Sanskrit has a very important part to play in this

    Also, there is a definitive study on Aryans in India came from the German. Hence Germany and India are linked through humans as well.

    Indians have fought war (albeit) for Britishers against Germany...

    Finally, it seems Shahrukh Khan, the bollywood superstar is gaining lots of fans in Germany and a german model Claudia gained lots of fans in India through a reality show.

    From past to present and hopefully in future....Germany will remain connected to India.

    I could go on and on and on.... !!

    September 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  107. Mark

    Hermann Hesse

    September 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  108. Surbhi Singhal

    well apart from the Swastika, yoga , music ....
    I think the peple of both countrys share a love for multi cultural cuisines... some thing which is not common in most european countries .
    My most fond memory from my first trip to Berlin, is the Mango lasi ( yes it was called the same on the menu) a popular sesonal skake in India .
    and well German beer brewery are the most popular in Delhi 🙂

    September 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  109. Giovanni

    At first sight you could say that Germany and India are very different from each other. However, here are some similarities between the both of them. By taking a global outlook, you could say:
    1. They are both in the top 10 importers and exporter of goods in the world.
    2. G-20 member – Major Industrial Economies
    3. Strong and fast growing automobile industry

    September 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  110. vikram

    Germans and Indians are both very environmentally friendly countries.
    Although Germany is very industrialized but its people are very conscious of the environment. In Germany many houses have solar power and many of those houses sell the extra electricity they generate back to the power companies. They also recycle a lot of their waste. They have seperate bins for bottles paper and plastic. In India people also recycle their waste. You go to any house in India you can see people collecting bottles and old newspapers and plastic bags .so they can sell it to a businessman who can sell them again back to shop keepers.
    For green energy Germany has wind farms and India has hydropower.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  111. ap

    Both countries made great contributions to mathematics.

    Both countries gave their name to the term 'indogermanic language'.

    There are many Buddhist groups in Germany.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  112. Isabel Iten

    Both nations eat potatoes and have many wonderful recipes/ dishes. German: Kartoffeln, Hindi : Aloo

    My Indian friends told me both nations are decendant from the Aryans
    The Aryans" a master race of Indo Europeans who were supposed to be Nordic in appearence and directly ancestral to the Germans. The Aryan invasion myth ... one that has't been solved yet!

    September 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  113. Paul Silverstone

    What a funny question! What India and Germany have in common? Well, people of course. As for the rest they sit at two extremes in economic and social development. Germany is very rich and India is very poor. GPD per capita of $34,100 vs. $3,100. Electricity access 100 % in Germany vs. 55 % in India. Exports per capita Germany $14,000 vs. India $150. India has a few pockets of modernity while Germany is an old and highly productive powerhouse, a vibrant and cultured society.
    The question is a PR stunt designed to create good will towards India, to put India in a good light. For political reasons of course: think China. (BTW, I am not Chinese.)

    September 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  114. Mahatma Schopenhauer

    Obviously, the Currywurst.

    September 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  115. Axel

    When I think of India Hermann Hesse comes to my mind. He wrote "Siddartha" which still is a very popular book among youngsters in many countries such as Italy and Germany. It tells the story of a Buddha-like person in India. Hermann Hesse helped the Germans to understand and to fall in love with India and its culture.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  116. Friedrich Haupt

    Hallo! What is the base of every culture and of each society? The language! And the family of the indo-germanic languages, spoken from over 2,5 billions all over the world not onliy in Europe and Asia, but also in great parts of northern- and southern America, is therefore a bridge between different parts of the world. Also referred to as the Indo-European-languages, this part of shared culture shows us, how related we and our cultures are. Far from all political or geographical differences: We are all parts of the humans lving together on this planet, and even have the same ancestors.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  117. Rahul Singh

    Hitler n S.C. Bose.....
    GM (I think it's german...and it's manufacturing unit in India...)

    September 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  118. Klabautermann

    Mmmh, lets see...

    India is the most populous democracy in Asia [and the world], Germany the most populous democracy in Europe.

    In 1949 the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic were founded, that was a decisive step in the cleavage of Germany.
    And in 1949 the First Indo-Pakistan war was ending.
    The Ceasefire Line divides the Kashmir region today.
    Like India and Pakistan, the FRG and the GDR have for a long time both not not recognized the territorial claims of other one.

    India is a very multicultural nation, Germany is in the middle of a multicultural union.

    Sry for my bad English...

    September 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  119. Jana

    I remember reading somewhere that the languages of German and Telugu have been found to have similarities. Need more research on that.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  120. Danial

    Yes i can connect them. The Germans killed millions of Yews. And the Indian's killed more then 100000 innocent Kashmiri muslims and are still killing them to be equal to Germany.
    And ofcourse the symbol Swastika both worship it. So the Indians could be the ANti-Christ.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  121. W Wilcks

    GERMANY was inspired by the British Empire' enslavement of INDIA to colonize Eastern Europe, thus turning Poland, Russia and so on into GERMANY's "INDIA".

    September 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  122. Erik Berg

    Five years after the successful expedition of Vasco da Gamas to India, the fabulous wealthy Jakob Fugger (with an estimated fortune of one trillion Eur, source: http://www.region-a3.de/jakob-fugger.0.html) and others took part in establishing direct trade relations with India. They took in huge profits with spices and as experts in the field of mining they soon dominated the European silver and copper market.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  123. Olympus

    The fisrst Bible to be translated into an Indian language was done by a German by translating the full Tamil Bible, the names of the characters in the Tamil Bible are germanised version.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  124. Abhinandan Katkuri

    One of the two main races of India, the Aryans, are supposed to be descended from Germany, which also gives an answer to the Nazi Swastika being same as the Swastika that Hindu's in India consider to be sacred.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  125. Rob Houck

    I know lots of German chemical and pharmaceutical companies that have their raw materialsand semi-finished product made in India. Final quality control is done in Germany or the US. German is an Indo-European language. Germans love Indian like Old Shatterhand. Ops, that's American Indians.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  126. Veoma Ali

    They're inhabited with PEOPLE ....and we are all equal. This is the most fundamental similarity between both countries. Ironically, it was the refusal to accept such a fact which led to the Nazi regime in Germany and the caste syestem in India; two things which thankfully, no longer exist.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  127. Domnic

    It was 10 yrs ago..I met my wife in India..while studying. She is German.. We shuttled between the two countries on exchange programs from the DAAD. I must admit, Germany has a lot of potential for young aspiring students, scholars and people of good attitude. India on the other hand is dense with these minds who lack opportunity. I find it is a wonderful mix on time and space.
    There are some critics too..on both sides..like racial discrimination in Germany. But which Indian cannot admit the caste based discrimination we have even at high tech IT companies between Brahmins and others for example !?! nevertheless, the day is busy with things to do, meetings to attend and stores to shop...for a busy intellect, these barriers drop peanuts.
    I admire the perfection of the Germans, the patience of the Indians, who cannot withold a German bier or a hot chicken curry..?
    I would never forget the wonderful times we had in these two countries.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  128. Hargovind sachdev

    Like in dictionary, Germany has always come india, but still both the countries are moving together in a big way. There is no big German company which has not gone to India for trade. From laying hockey synthetic surface in jharkhand to tunnel boring under chandni chowk Delhi or making voxwagen cars in pun, Germans have helped tremendously in India' s infrastructure growth. There are 20000 Indian students in Germany but only 400 students from Germany are studying in India. The ethos of mixing up soon is common in both culture. Indogerman friendship can lead the world by supplementing each otter ib next century. Long live bismark and long live mahatma gandhi

    September 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  129. Hargovind sachdev

    Like in dictionary, Germany has always come before the word india, but still both the countries are moving together in a big way. There is no big German company which has not gone to India for trade. From laying hockey synthetic surface in jharkhand to tunnel boring under chandni chowk Delhi or making voxwagen cars in Pune, Germans have helped tremendously in India' s infrastructure growth. There are 8000 Indian students in Germany but only 400 students from Germany are studying in India. The ethos of mixing up soon is common in both culture. Indogerman friendship can lead the world by supplementing each otter ib next century. Long live bismark and long live mahatma gandhi in the last four years of my wonderful stay in Germany I find Germans very law abiding systematic and non interfering growth oriented people with open minds. Indian hard work and German technology shall be recognized as the next success mantra for business soon.

    September 18, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  130. olga lustosa

    A German Indian singer.

    Xavier Naidoo – Ich brauch Dich

    September 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  131. ghost geezer

    More interesting to me than what amounts to a pseudo article are
    the comments, and several waste no time in talking up great music,
    philosophers, the usual creepy stuff that is meaningless, since
    great music and great philosophers tend to be found everywhere,
    although many are not supported by written documentation.

    One comment jumped out, and I suppose that its arrival was all
    but inevitable

    "we are aryan and we have the swastik in common and not to say the math."

    This mangled sentence that carries a grim list of mangled elements,
    is not to be tolerated by decent folk. Everyone should know for example that the ancient swastika is a symbol far removed from
    that of Hitler's Hackenkreuz. One could be cute and say that the
    person who wrote the above quote literally had it backwards, but
    none of his sentiments are in the least bit cute, and there is little
    doubt that what I mean by "backwards" will be lost on him.

    I might add that my wife is German, holds a dual citizenship. We
    love our other country, but that is in large part because we love
    old buildings and nice, well cared for forests and wetlands. We
    are not anxious to behold anyone's 4th Reich.

    September 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  132. Rupa

    The German language belongs to the family of Indo-Germanic or Indo-European languages. These languages include almost all European languages and Middle Eastern languages (e.g. Persian) all through to Northern India (including Sanskrit). They are thought to derive from one common ancestor language (or ancestor language group).

    One of the top universities in India, IIT Madras, was founded in collaboration with Germany.


    The Germans love to travel and explore and India offers a lot for travel and exploration.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  133. Chip Barkel

    The swastika and the Indian symbol for good luck are slightly different. the "tails" on the crossed lines go in different directions, but they are similar.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  134. ghost geezer

    spelling error: Hakenkreuz, not "Hackemkreuz"

    September 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  135. Djan

    Both have faced adversary... any many doubted the chances of sucess- bBut the countries managed to build, institutionalize and consolidate robust democracies within half a century.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  136. Pks

    The word 'Arya' in sanskrit means ' respected one' or 'noble one', and was usually used in reference to elders. The Nazi's adapted that word to represent a super race. Likewise, with the Swastika, which was mentioned earlier. (Swastika = Su + asti, ie, good or positive existence/being). Many in India think they have some racial link to Germany, primarily because Hitler and his intellectual role models sought to promote this idea that Indian culture had its origins in Germany, and there was a pure invading 'Aryan' race that introduced sanskrit, the scriptures, vedic philosophy, etc, and simultaneously drove the 'dark skinned natives' down to the 4 southern states. It was also their belief that India was not 100% aryan for that very reason – some sort of racial pollution. Sadly, many Indians bought into this, and consider themselves to be linked to Germany, but it is more the case that a bunch of thugs stole and misappropriated Indian culture to suit their racist ends. Nonetheless, if you look at sales of Mein Kampf, they are quite high in India – people in India do admire hitler.


    September 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  137. ram vithala

    Aryans-thtas what germany and india have in common.Germany excells in engineering and india has a very strong mathematic back ground.Though germany is a developed country and india is still developing both the economies are similarly powerful.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  138. Deepak

    if Germany had a most violent hitler......whereas india has the most non violent gandhiji....!!!!!

    Geographically germany has many bordering countries......
    same india has many bordering countries........

    Both countries suffered from allies powers in 19thcentury..........

    September 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  139. lala

    Hitler give freedom to India !!

    September 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  140. Hanspeter Bruhin

    The German language (as most European languages) and India`s Sanskrit have common roots. This goes back to the Persian immigration into Northern India. Please remember that Iran is no Arab country. Also Pakistan and Afghanistan have a formerly Indo-European population. In the 19th century German poets studied the Vedda (The Viking sagas are called Edda). e.g. Goethe (Der westöstliche Divan) or Nietzsche (Zarathustra) and Hesse (Das Glasperlenspiel).

    September 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  141. Brenda Richard


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  142. Varun

    India and Germany are rich in culture. same ancestry ..Indo European languages find there root in Sanskrit ..

    September 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  143. ReachMe

    Many Indians Know two Deutsche words, KG – Kinder Garten.
    Many Deutsche people know a fruit Ananas, known as Pineapple in Hindi.

    There might be many other words that are shared between these two countries.

    September 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  144. Raja

    Max Muller!

    Max Müller, was a German philologist and Orientalist, one of the founders of the western academic field of Indian studies and the discipline of comparative religion. Müller wrote both scholarly and popular works on the subject of Indology, a discipline he introduced to the British reading public, and the Sacred Books of the East, a massive, 50-volume set of English translations prepared under his direction, stands as an enduring monument to Victorian scholarship.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  145. Daniel Santos

    NOTE: Please ignore the non edited version. Thank you.
    I’ve been studying in Germany for the past year and a half, and I was my whole life completely in love with India. When I first read the headline, I just felt my mind sparkling, in a curiosity explosion of sorts, to know what the connection between the two countries could be.

    To open this comment I would like to say, that more than 10 of my closest German friends have been in India before. They feel completely attracted to India, go there, and always come back with mixed feelings.

    The rich Germans go to India seemingly attracted to its way of life. Somehow, its abject poverty contrasts with the order every German takes for granted, and makes for great interest. When they come back, they throw wine-driven get-togethers, in which they show their pictures, and talk about how completely absurd and impossible the way of living in India is.

    On the other hand, the Indian exchange students here are constantly amazed by the lack of improvisation skills the Germans tend to have. They say they just cannot understand a person who can’t act without following rules in a paper, without seeing each case, because everybody is different. Detail-specific Germany has to undergo painful processes and accept a lot of what it does not like, and that would be India’s main product.

    And for me there comes the connection. The countries are just so different from each other, that these very differences stand out and that gets people thinking: What is so different? What can I learn from this culture? How can they live this way?
    Under-control-Germany meets controlless India.
    They do connect in that their contrasts serve as a lesson for each other. What in other cases could lead to a war…

    September 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  146. Doesn't matter

    My brother is Indian and his girlfriend is German... 🙂

    September 19, 2010 at 12:08 am | Reply
  147. Nikhil

    Germany = Germ + any.

    While Germans keep their country clean, we Indians continue to have very poor sense of cleanliness and hygiene.

    In other words, "any Germ" (or, "Germ + any") can be found in India. 🙂

    September 19, 2010 at 1:54 am | Reply
  148. Sarath

    India can never be Germany in next 50 years. So, there is absolutely no point in relishing the past and rich culture when we are living in the present and looking forward to the future. India is badly affected by the virus viz corruption and lack of proper leadership. What India need is a revolution to have a drastic change like else where. Every developed country of 21st century had a revolution and a leader of words.

    September 19, 2010 at 2:02 am | Reply
  149. Nirmal

    Entrepreneurship – tan example for the shared interest is that my hometown Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in India has many economic and industrial ties with Eslingen in Germany.

    September 19, 2010 at 2:03 am | Reply
  150. Nagesh

    few words that might be interesting..
    aryans, swastika.. which many have already told.
    But do you know there are sanskit speakers in germany. there are many of them. does name "Max muller " ring the bell.

    but coming to the qualities of life and the values.. no they don't match

    September 19, 2010 at 2:34 am | Reply
  151. Lisa

    both countries were previously many smaller kingdoms/states which were eventually unified to create the countries we know today.

    September 19, 2010 at 2:36 am | Reply
  152. shrenik

    Homeopathy was originated in Germany and is very popular in india. I haven't seen homeopathic practices in other western countries like United states

    September 19, 2010 at 3:20 am | Reply
  153. sukhi


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  154. Emma

    Let's see...
    Similarity of cultural geography: both are located between two distinct cultures. India borders China and the Middle East; Germany Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Significant Aryan migrations into both countries. The infamous Nazi swastika is a backwards Hindu symbol. Both have fostered the development of unique and important religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Protestantism mainly). Economically both have powerful manufacturing industries. Politically and socially, they've had some of the most influential minds of the past few centuries (Marx and Ghandi anyone?).

    My brain is tired but I'm sure there are more! Many many more...nice question CNN. Oh how I wish you were a good counter to Fox News...it pains me so.

    September 19, 2010 at 3:47 am | Reply
  155. Rohit

    Both countries are second biggest Power house in their region :
    Germany after UK
    India after Chine
    Homeopathy is big in both the countries

    September 19, 2010 at 4:00 am | Reply
  156. drubi

    Indians are modest and the society have class system, and it has very large muslim population, Inda was split into pakistan and india

    germans can be modest sometime it has large muslim population from turkey and was spilt into east and west

    September 19, 2010 at 4:28 am | Reply
  157. George Chen

    Since so many people mentioned the Sankrit symbol Swastika with Nazi Germany, very few in the world know that Adolf Hitler is still very much adored by most of the Indians and Pakistanis today.

    September 19, 2010 at 4:49 am | Reply
  158. shalini

    Mr. Prakash Thapa epitomises (Nepali) ignorance. India is nothing like what he makes her out to be. Small people, small mind and an even more minute brain!!

    September 19, 2010 at 5:17 am | Reply
  159. Andrew white

    Both populous, large economies, rich histories. Vedanta and sanskrit studies have revealed similarities in philosophies and languages. Max Muller, popularity of yoga, swastika and ayurveda.

    Both aspiring to become UNSC permanent members. Both help neighbors but underestimated by the world. Both contribute to peace. Hence full potential is yet to be realized.

    September 19, 2010 at 5:24 am | Reply
  160. Vivek Shrivastava

    I come from Delhi, India and now I have been in Germany for around a year. I am currently working in Bonn, Germany. Earlier I was working in North Germany in Hamburg. The living and people are all together different. It's so amazing in Germany to know, a German has been to India and vice-versa, to know somebody has seen a totally different culture out their in the world. Both countries are altogether different but from what I know, there are many Germans in India and many Indians in Germany. Cheers or Prost to that !

    September 19, 2010 at 5:58 am | Reply
  161. usman

    yeah sure there are a lot more similarities between the two...
    but the top of the list could be none other than ..

    Germany (Nazis) killed and massacred millions during the World war....
    India killed and massacred millions at the time of partition. (Pak & India)

    now any one can top that similarity;)
    I bet no

    September 19, 2010 at 6:09 am | Reply
  162. scholtz

    this is funny, all u see is indians writing down the similarities between india and germany. ur all desperate. how bout this, germany is clean, india is the filthy. germany has a pretty strict and good goverment. india number one corrupt country in the world. germans are one of the best athletes in the world. india, besides chess they dont do well in anything. infact germany defeats india everytime in there own national sport, which is hockey. germans are blonde and blue eyes, indians...well i havent seen one blonde indian yet.. last but not the least, germans like to tan JUST LIKE REST OF THE WORLD DOES. india on the other hand makes fair skin cream, try to look german. besides swastika there is nothing else in common.

    September 19, 2010 at 6:11 am | Reply
  163. fighterclass

    could people PLEASE STOP bringing up the offensively racist 'Aryan' theory ? that theory which was also the foundation stone of nazi racial theories (yes, you read that correctly, now go back and check up who started those theories - it's the same set of people) not to mention that it has LONG been discarded to the garbage heap. genetics studies of the sub-continent has conclusively proved Indians are more or less a unique group of people, genetically.
    in conclusion,
    * there is no such thing as aryan race
    * Indians and germans share no more genetic identity than do Indians and Russians or Germans and Sri lankans.
    the word Aryan itself is a late 19th century bastardization of the sanskrit-iranian 'arya' which means 'civilized person'. it never meant a race in those languages but it was used in that sense by certain german historians to satisfy their racist worldview. there was no concept of aryan race outside rabid nazis and that shopworn theory shouldn't be used even in jest, it's an insult to intelligence.

    September 19, 2010 at 6:53 am | Reply
  164. elaine

    my connection is my sister with whom i share beautiful memories of days back home and the time she lived and worked in germany. she went back to look after our parents., has sacrificed a lot, but her courage inspires me and helps me go on.........my bridge over troubled waters.........

    September 19, 2010 at 6:56 am | Reply
  165. nomad

    Kerala as a state in India and Germany as a country have deep rooted ties starting all the way with Rev. Dr. Hermann Gundert who translated Bible to Malayalam and published the first English-Malayalam dictionnary.

    Later Germany was the first western country to appreciate the tenets of Ayurveda and its spread in western world. Many German students study in Unirversities of Kerala and its beaches are packed with tourists from Germany as well. In similar lines, there is a big Kerala associations across Germany.

    Max mueller bhavan's in India has been keeping the German language and culture accesible for enthusiasts across India.

    September 19, 2010 at 7:10 am | Reply
  166. Bruce Scholten

    Both India and Germany have strong farmers' movements. Examples include the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF or Amul) in India, and the Deutsche Bauern Verband (DBV or German Farmers' Union). Both organizations ensure that farmily-scale farmers are involved in the production, processing and – most important – the marketing of dairy products (where cash profit lies).

    September 19, 2010 at 7:19 am | Reply
  167. Rick Enright

    Whoever said India has amazing Food has obviously never eaten there!

    September 19, 2010 at 7:29 am | Reply
  168. Nishendu Vyas

    German and India are connected with few points and they are as Veda, swastik, cultural, Subhash Chandra Bose and Hitler, Arts, Movie and media.

    September 19, 2010 at 7:44 am | Reply
  169. Shubhada Waston, Copenhagen, Denmark

    The German language is part of the Indo-European family of languages which inlcudes several languages from India such as Hindi, Marathi and Bengali, and sevarl European languages such as German and portuguese. The Indo-European languages share their origins in 'Sanskrit', thus also sharing many similarities in sentence construciton and grammar as well as vocabulary.

    The similarities in vocabulary are easy to find, if you look for them:
    – The German national airline, Lufthansa, is literally Luft-Hansa, or flying swan. The word 'Hansa' also means swan in several Indian languages.
    – Another commonly used word, 'Pineapple', is 'Ananas' in both German and several Indian languages.

    The shared origins from the Sanskrit language, as well as the shared Aryan ancestry have always created ties between Indian and Germany, although they are not very explicit or obvious.

    Shubhada Watson, Copenhagen, Denmark

    September 19, 2010 at 7:46 am | Reply
  170. Franz Pankehas

    Both nations contributed to the efforts of the holocaust, Germany for obvious reasons, India by tying down resources of Britain that could have been better used to fight Germany or Japan for that matter, who were also responsible for the murder and torture of millions of people.

    September 19, 2010 at 7:52 am | Reply
  171. homer

    I think we need to include Homeopathy!

    September 19, 2010 at 8:26 am | Reply
  172. him

    subhas chandra bose stayed in germany.
    max muller and kittel are the germans who studied sanskrit and kannada respectively.


    September 19, 2010 at 8:31 am | Reply
  173. Priyanka Chadha


    Here are some quick thoughts:
    1. Homeopathy : Originated in Germany and is very popular in India
    2. Vedas & Sanskrit: German philosophers have great knowledge of Sanskrit as they'd like to be informed about the Vedas, as they think it's the key to the future.

    September 19, 2010 at 8:31 am | Reply
  174. Elizabeth Koshy

    Malayalam is the language spoken by Kerala state (Malabar) which lies south of India. For Christians in Kerala no funeral procession is complete without singing this hymn "Samayamam Rathathil Njaan Swarga Yathra Cheyyunnu" meaning "In the chariot of time I am making my journey to heaven .. It is written by none other than Mr. Volbrecht Nagel, commonly known as V. Nagel, was a missionary to the Malabar coast of India from Germany.

    Volbrecht Nagel was born on November 3rd, 1867 in Hesse, Germany. At the age of 18, Nagel was born-again after hearing a message from a traveling evangelist. With a desire to be a missionary, he joined the Basel Mission Training Institute in Switzerland in 1886 and graduated 6 years later. He became a Reverend in the Evangelical Lutheran Mission in 1893.

    Nagel came to Kannoor, on the Malabar Coast as a priest in December 1893.In April 1897, Nagel married Harriet Mitchell, an Anglo-Indian who was a teacher at Kunnamkulam. In 1906, he started an orphanage and a home for widows at Thrissur. It was named Rehoboth.

    In 1914, Nagel traveled back to his native Germany. His plan was to return to India in 6 months, but the beginning of World War I prevented his return. While teaching at Weidenest Bible School, Nagel had a stroke and died on May 12th, 1921 and was buried there. Nagel had 7 children, 5 boys and 2 girls. One boy and a girl died in early childhood. Harriet Nagel died on January 27th, 1935.

    In 1898, Nagel wrote a book called Christian Baptism. He wrote many songs and hymns in Malayalam that are sung even today by all Christian denominations. Nagel is regarded with great esteem by the Malayalee Christian community for all his work in bringing the Gospel to Kerala.

    Though his mother tongue was German, while in Kerala not only did he learn their language Malayalam but composed hymns in very good poetical language. They are still used in various gatherings and in church services.

    September 19, 2010 at 8:32 am | Reply
  175. Akash

    These two countries have as many similarities as differences!!!
    both countries gave the world some most important scientific facts.The numbering system we use today is the gift of 'ARYABHATTA'(A mathematician from INDIA some 2000 yrs ago),he also calculated the radius of earth!!!And in philosophy INDIA is the treasure house of the world...GERMANY as we all know has given the world on of the biggest scientific minds ever born(no need to tell who!!!) .

    dissimilarities:I think it weighs more...bcz in today's world where GERMANY has highest standard of living INDIA on the other hand is bundled down under poverty and population. still INDIA is gathering some momentum!!!u know why?bcz traces of past are still left in the GENOME!!!

    September 19, 2010 at 8:43 am | Reply
  176. Arnold

    Culturally too different, as has been said "east is east and west is west, nor shall the two ends meet". Only common thing is that Germany had a cruel dictator in the past ( Hitler) , killing innocent people, currently Indian dictatorship is even worse, killing mercilessly in India occupied Kashmir. Past 100 days are curfews and killings only , even young kids are not spared. People are even denied water and life saving drugs.

    September 19, 2010 at 8:59 am | Reply
  177. a.b.

    ...well i am a half german and a half sri lankan (an island in the south of india) i live in germany ..
    i only can say the germans loves the indian culture ...bollywood films... the food everywhere in germany are indian restaurants and indian shops. its awesome!
    And many indian people live in germany... i have a lot of indian friends here...

    September 19, 2010 at 9:12 am | Reply
  178. Lisa McCurdy

    A number of years ago I spent 3 months traveling through India and now I’ve spent the last 3 months living in Germany so I find CNN’s comparison question compelling and interesting to say the least.
    During my travels through India I rode the trains from Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Jaipur to Calcutta and visited many more in between. The people I met on the trains and in the villages were always friendly and welcoming and I always felt safe. I was invited to weddings which are a visual and auditory feast especially to a visitor, to festivals before which we spent most of a day filling tiny clay pots by the thousands with oil to be lit later that night to illuminate rivers and paths for the celebrators. The food of India is amazing and delicious and a walk through the food and spice markets is always a visual feast of mountains of exotic fruits, vegetables and brilliantly colored spices. I played Frisbee with children everywhere and was the delighted guest in many homes to meet families and drink Chai.
    Since my move to Germany I have been the grateful recipient of gracious hospitality and made to feel welcome wherever I go. The villages, including the one I live in are exotic blends of architecture, time periods and history at every turn of their cobbled streets. Bicycle travel is the preferred method of transportation throughout the villages and for longer distances you are always welcome to bring your bike on the train. There are very good paths all over the countryside and through the cities and you can easily find yourself far from home at the end of a meandering lazy day. There are many festivals throughout Germany celebrating everything from the opening day of each village’s church which can last many days to the world famous Oktoberfest. Germany’s culinary paths are equally enticing and delicious to follow. Each region has their specialties and a menu in Berlin will be very different from one in Stuttgart. I have been delighted by the amazing salads – even a “dinner salad” can be a smorgasbord! They are amazing and colorful with different salads under the lettuce on top – a potato salad, a slaw, a cucumber type salad or even a curry salad- always with amazing home-made dressings. Almost everywhere though, you will find Wurst or sausages, Schnitzel and of course Germany’s world famous Beer.
    Historically, India and Germany were connected through ancient travel routes including the Silk Road which ended on the edge of what was then named – Germania. Today there is a renewed interest in connecting the two countries. This year at the Bollywood Film Festival in Stuttgart a director won the “German Star of India” award. In 2000 the “German Festival” which promotes cultural, social, language and education opportunities in Germany was inaugurated in New Delhi and now is represented in over 20 cities around India.
    With India’s blossoming status as an economic force and Germany’s financial business strength history, the two are indeed connected stronger than ever.

    September 19, 2010 at 9:25 am | Reply
  179. ute remus

    kiran vaka many thanks that you give me "can we connect German to india"
    You have sent – the comments are almost more interesting than the items
    itself – the comments very interesting – I would be in connection
    Germany not only bring with India, but also with russia and

    September 19, 2010 at 10:06 am | Reply
  180. olga lustosa

    I have heard a German Indian singer.

    Xavier Naidoo – Ich brauch Dich

    September 19, 2010 at 10:08 am | Reply
  181. Pramod

    As of today Bollywood seems to have some part in connecting Germany and India.
    A recent program by an indian news channel, gave me the impression that Bollywood (especially Shah Rukh Khan), has been popular in recent times.

    There is also evidence that German Language has got a lot of similarity to Sanskrit (the ancient Indian Language).

    September 19, 2010 at 10:46 am | Reply
  182. Etienne

    Churchill disliked Hitler and Gandhi.

    September 19, 2010 at 11:29 am | Reply
  183. tarjanette

    Yoga is very popular in Germany.
    We also love Indian food.
    Yes, the Bollywood movies.

    September 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  184. anahita

    Original German population is believed to be originated from Aryan ancestry and the same is true for India´s Brahmins, who differ in nature from the rest of the Indian population.

    Germans and elite class of Indians are doing the best in science and technology. Germany and India relationship can be of mutual interest.

    September 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  185. Erik Berg

    The most pronounced German cultural value is performance orientation, a "Low on compassion, high on performance" approach. This has always been, so the first direct modern contact between India and Germany in 1505 was commercial.

    During the centuries and millenia German poets and philosophers were electrified by India every time they revived the Greco-Indian heritage, as they found a profound statement against dogmatism and a language of "experience" and "tolerance". They did not find the word "consciousness" in their Christian background.

    The connection is interdependence: Germany in its active, engaged mood uses its links to India to create a new life-style which is in harmony with man's spiritual nature and ecological system. India relies on contacts with Germany to find a higher economic status and a better administration.

    September 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  186. Vivien Vernon

    Historically Gandhi wrote numerous letters to Hitler in an attempt to reason with him over his invasion of Europe. Each letter was addressed to 'my Friend' which said more about Gandhi's desire for peace and reason than it did admmiration. So one connection is that India too tried to connect to save the world from Nazi aggression.

    September 19, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  187. Dheeraj

    Indians like music as well.

    India imports industrial equipment from Germany.

    Homeopathy is popular is India. German homeopathic medicines are a first preference.

    They both have had an infusion of Aryans in the past. Swastika is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It is a symbol of piousness and prosperity. It was abused by Hitler to misguide the masses for the Nazi cause.

    September 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  188. Lois Cordelia

    For me, on a personal level, India and Germany are inseparably linked, in a tangled fashion typical of my artistic (no doubt idiosyncratic) temperament:

    Having a German mother, I grew up surrounded by German culture, customs, cuisine, language, music, legends, and so on. Indeed, my mother was so proud of her heritage that she insisted on myself and my brother having German nationality (despite being born in the UK).

    With a growing interest in ancient languages, cultures and spiritualities, I began teaching myself Sanskrit when I was 19 (alongside Arabic, Hebrew and ancient Greek), and went on to take a Spoken Sanskrit course at the Sued-Asien Institut, Heidelberg, in 2004.

    I soon fell passionately in love with Indian philosophy, inspired most of all by the concept of Lord Shiva as the "Lord of the Dance" (Nataraja), beating out the rhythm of the universe on his drum and setting in motion the swirling harmonies of the universe. I have often depicted this theme in my silhouette paper-cut artwork (as for example: http://loiscordelia.com/silh_omnamahshivaya.htm).

    The paper silhouette medium is in turn inspired by my exposure to the German Scherenschnitt ("scissor-cut") tradition, though I have always preferred using a scalpel rather than scissors. More recently, I discovered that India too has a tradition of paper-cut art, called Devasthanakala.

    I now share a home with three Indian flatmates, hence I find myself increasingly exposed to Indian culture... May the cross-fertilisation continue! Om Namah Shivaya! ॐ नमः शिवाय

    September 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  189. Day

    I think the people are common both the sides love music please let us know more.

    September 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  190. Zaheer

    Interesting to know about both the countries please put more info

    September 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  191. Erika Bulow-Osborne

    For about six years Heidelberg has had Summer Schools in Spoken Sanskrit. My daughter was chosen to participate.
    In case you are interested:
    Lois Cordelia created several works of art , which were inspired by Indian themes.

    September 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  192. Tarun Gaur

    In fact, Germany and India have much in common. It is one of the easiest connections that we can make:

    1. Indian language Sanskrit (All ancient Hindu texts are written in Sanskrit) is very similar to German Language. In fact, both of them are traced to a common root – Indo-Germanic Languages. The grammar is very similar, symbols are shared .. Max Muller Bhavan in N.Delhi is the place to go to know more about this.

    2. The common thread between German and North Indians is the notion of Aryan Race; originating (arguably) from the fifth root / root race.

    September 19, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  193. Soumyajit

    Curry Wurst is a popular German snack. The curry powder used comes close Indian curry.

    Delhi Metro Rail and Munich's U Bahn have got similar underground trains from Bombardier

    The pan cakes of Germany and various Indian pancakes taste similar to me

    The texture of traditional cotton clothes feel similar though the design of the clothing differ

    September 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  194. Kumaran

    Both India and Germany are vying for permanent seat in the UNSC
    United Nations Security Council. Honestly I think they both deserve it along with Japan.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:15 am | Reply
  195. Jamie

    India's ancient history from Vedic times has been distorted by European, namely German scholars, for decades. Germans introduced the theory of the "Aryan Invasion" of India to sow the seeds of division in Indian culture. Nazi Germany ripped off the ancient sacred symbol of the Swastika, which represents the positive energy of life and goodness, and reversed it and now it symbolizes death and destruction to the rest of the world. The Germans distorted the meaning of the Sanskrit word Arya, which means pure of character, and took it to mean pure of bloodline. Starting form the early 19th century, German so called "Sanskritists", finding similarities between the European and Sanskrit languages, made claims of a so-called Indo-European or Indo-German race, who were a "noble race of fair haired blue eyed people" and claimed that the "ancestor" of Sanskrit was a language they called "Indo-European." Of course the idea of an Aryan "Indo-German" race of people invading India and bringing with it the vedic culture and Sanskrit has been widely disproved by archeological evidence... need i say more about the connections between Germany and India? these are the first things that come to my mind... by the way i am German by descent..

    September 20, 2010 at 7:24 am | Reply
  196. Busola Laiye

    In the Indosphere (South Asia, Greater India), the swastika remains ubiquitous as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. In India and Nepal, electoral ballot papers are stamped with a round swastika-like pattern (to ensure that the accidental ink imprint on the other side of a folded ballot paper can be correctly identified as such).[86] Many businesses and other organisations, such as the Ahmedabad Stock Exchange and the Nepal Chamber of Commerce,[87] use the swastika in their logos. The red swastika was suggested as an emblem of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in India and Sri Lanka, but the idea was not implemented.[88] Swastikas can be found practically everywhere in Indian and Nepalese cities, on buses, buildings, auto-rickshaws, and clothing.
    The German (and Austrian) postwar criminal code makes the public showing of the Hakenkreuz (the swastika) and other Nazi symbols illegal and punishable, except for scholarly reasons. It is even censored from the lithographs on boxes of model kits, and the decals that come in the box. Modellers seeking an accurate rendition often have to either stencil on the marking, or purchase separate decals. It is also censored from the reprints of 1930s railway timetables published by the Reichsbahn. The eagle remains, but appears to be holding a solid black circle between its talons. The swastikas on Hindu and Jain temples are exempt, as religious symbols cannot be banned in Germany.

    A German fashion company was investigated for using traditional British-made folded leather buttons after complaints that they resembled swastikas. In response, Esprit destroyed two hundred thousand catalogues.[59][60]

    September 20, 2010 at 7:41 am | Reply
  197. Busola Laiye

    Germany has extensively supported education and cultural development in India. Germany helped establish the Indian Institute of Technology Madras after both governments signed an agreement in 1956 and increased its cooperation and supply of technology and resources over the decades to help expand the institution.
    In 2008, both nations established the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre in New Delhi to promote joint research and development in energy, environment, coal and water technologies.Germany is India's largest European trading partner and the 5th largest trade partner.
    India and Germany enjoy strong commerce and cooperation in telecommunications, engineering, environmental technology, food processing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals

    September 20, 2010 at 7:52 am | Reply
  198. Rakshit

    I am an indian but living in Germany. I found out they are much common with each other but according to me the two most important connections are:
    1) Germans and people in Northern India both are from Aryan race even the Holy symbol for Hindu is Swastik and Nazis also had adopted that Swastik symbol as they consider themselves Aryans.

    2)Sanskrit is a historical Indo-Aryan language and the primary liturgical language of Hinduism and Buddhism.Right from the time of Max Mueller, the Germans have evinced interest in India. What attracted German Indologists first were the philological similarities between German and Sanskrit. Some examples of similar words in German and Sanskrit as below:
    German: English: Sanskrit
    Bruder : Brother: भ्राता
    Mutter: Mother: माता
    Vater: Father: पिता
    Mischen: Mix: मिश्र
    Mischung: Mixture: मिश्रणं
    Mann: Man: मनुः
    Innere: Interior: आन्तरः
    Minister: Minister: मन्त्री
    Charakter: Character: चारित्रं
    Name: Name: नाम
    Nase: Nose: नसा
    Dattle Date तिथिः

    September 20, 2010 at 8:57 am | Reply
  199. Mr. Bose

    I'm an Indian and have worked with some SAP consultants together in Europe. And I have to say that they were really great people. The common things:

    1> Hard working
    2> IQ is above average
    3> Swastik symbol
    4> Bollywood
    5> Beer 😀

    Danke! 🙂

    September 20, 2010 at 9:25 am | Reply
  200. Ajit

    Germans drive on the right-hand side, Indians drive both on the right0hand side and left-hand side or wherever they like !!

    September 20, 2010 at 9:25 am | Reply
  201. Olympus

    It is the Germans missionaries who introduced bread making in India whic are now called as German bakeries and thus popularised bread especially in North India. The love and popularity of bread among both countries is a good connection.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:25 am | Reply
  202. Ajit

    German literature was always greatly influenced by India. My favorite is Herman Hesse.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:25 am | Reply
  203. Subrahmanyan

    I am a student of German at Max Muller Institute(German Cultural center) in New Delhi.I primarily started the study of German as I was in Software ,talking to German clients,but Now to my pleasant surprise I find so much common between German and Sanskrit(India's ancient Language) .

    From building words with by combination of 2 words as "composite" like Sanskrit,to feminine,masculine and neutral gender,there is lot in common.

    German authors like Max Muller translated Sanskrit texts historically as an Indologist.I find my German colleagues loving India and asking me about Travel places and Bollywood.Viva la Inde,Viva Germany

    September 20, 2010 at 10:37 am | Reply
  204. Jordi

    Indian in germany and indian in india. It can be commen otherewise to compare Germany and India its a joke. I went to India, its so clean that you have to change cloth every half an hour.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:40 am | Reply
  205. Sven

    I am writing these lines as German who has been staying in Delhi now for almost two years and I am convinced that the biggest connection between Germany and India is the mutual admiration!!! If you ask Germans about their picture of India, their answers will be predominantly positive. The same can be said about the Indian view on Germany. This mutual admiration – and this will come to a surprise – evolves of the vast differences between Germany and India. Indian’s, who are as a general rule at least 20 minutes late for any appointment, admire Germans for their punctuality. Germans, who love to plan things in advance and are as a consequence very inflexible, admire Indians for their ability to change plans and actually make them happen somehow in no time... I could continue this list for hours 🙂 This mutual admiration can be traced back to German and Indian philosophers and poets. Hegel admired India for its religious and spiritual richness, Tagore’s and Einstein’s relationship and so forth...

    Because Germans represent so many characteristics that Indian don’t have, and lack so many characteristics that Indian do have... this mutual admiration is there!!! In a way you can say Germany and India connect so well, because of the very old saying of opposites attract each other or what you seek most is what you don’t have!

    PS: I was really surprised of how many Indian supported the German team during the world cup. Generally respected, but mostly hated, the German national team enjoyed vast popularity in India.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:45 am | Reply
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  207. Olympus

    Germany, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka are of Aryan origin, what divides them is religion, but what connects them is they excel in what they do eg Germany excels in perfection, India excels in having the world's largest population of poor through its philosophies, Pakistan excels in exporting terrorism and Sri Lanka excels in committing genocide fooling the whole world.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:55 am | Reply
  208. Himanshu

    Thanks the CNN team for taking up two vibrant economies together. There are many similarities in the way of life in Germany and India. Deutsch and Sanskrit (even present day Hindi) bear a lot of resemblance, like the word Vater and Mutter in Deutsch can be traced to "Piter" and "Matri" in Sanskrit. The grammar of both the language is amazingly similar and this may point to a very ancient similar origin! The similarities are intangible and only be felt unless one has deep knowledge of German and Indian language and culture.

    September 20, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  209. dr. udai narain sinha

    Schopenhauer and max-muller were the two prominent personalities from germany who wrote about indian culture extensively. Winternitz M. is known for his studies on indian literature. he belonged to germany. dr. eggbert rector in the present era the first known person who by his great scholarly work claimed to discipher the indus script and believes that urban and rural both developed simultaniously in indus civilization and the people were none but the vedic people only. germans are peace loving and believe in hale to world and hence they hate terrorism. india's vinova bhave also believed in jaya jagat. it is out of their peace loving policy that once divided into two parts, germany stands as a unified country, which india, bengala desh and pakistan once known as greater india could not do so, which is the uniqueness of germany. mazes psychguart's help to me during my research work, shows the large heart of germany and love to humanity. since my schooling i am using marburg brailler manufactured by germany and i consider that these braille machines are safest for a blind person.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:29 am | Reply
  210. cyee

    both have very distinct and unique cuisines

    September 21, 2010 at 5:02 am | Reply
  211. Christiane Dienel, Berlin

    Our son Amos, 14 years old, has spent four months in Hyderabad, India, and will come back next Saturday. He has had wonderful experiences in South India, and we really hope that one of the kids of his host family will come to Berlin, too, and that our families will stay connected. Germany and India share a common view: that the world will be enriched by different cultures and that it's worthwhile to have alternatives to the US-dominated way of market-culture.. which doesn't mean that American cultural heritage is not rich and diverse. But the "old" cultures of India and Europe also have a lot to contribute.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:40 am | Reply
  212. mugatu

    What fascinates me as a former English language teacher is that both countries share a distinction of having a large number of Angliphones despite the fact that English is not their first language. At 232 million, India is second only after America for its total number of English speakers in the country. While in Germany, 53% of the population speaks English, almost double the number in Canada!

    Also striking is that Germany’s significant contribution to the arts in the 18th Century was characterized by many gifted musicians who overcame odds to earn international acclaim. Today, India’s burgeoning film industry is a modern-day underdog that is also quickly being recognized for its raw talent and genius.

    As an American I can appreciate that the fabric of modern Germany and India are woven from disparate states with unique values and traditions into a single national tapestry of modern democracy with a strong national identities and vibrant economies.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:21 am | Reply
  213. Soumyadri Chattopadhyaya

    As a lawyer, the first thing that strikes me is the similarity in the shareholding patterns of companies in both Germnay and India in that both models of corporate governance necessarily have the presence of a controlling shareholder: German entities usually have one of the large banks as a large shareholder while Indian entities retain significant promoter blocks.

    Netaji Subhash Bose traveled to Germany to meet Adolf Hitler to discuss the possibilities of Nazi Germany assisting the INA in its struggle against the British. He managed to raise an army with Indian POWs captured by the Nazis in both North Africa and Italy that fought against the British!

    Moving on to music, Bruno Reuter, better known as Karunesh has been producing some of the best lounge, fusion and new age music by blending traditional Indian music with Western influences. His claim to fame will definitely be 'Punjab' that was releases sometime in 2002 I believe.

    Pune's German Bakery, the recent site of a terrorist attack is perhaps one of the most popular hangout spots and serves up quite a dazzling array of German specialties.

    The Black Forest Cake is probably one of the most popular cake variety in India, if not the most popular. This cake again originates from the Black Forest region in Germany and is known as Schwarzwalderkirschtorte in typical German composite regalia!

    Germans love their yoghurt as do most Indians.

    German hard rock is popular amongst Indians and many Indians I know swear by Rammstein.

    Bayern Munich II won the IFA Shield (one of the most prestigious football competitions in India and the fourth oldest in the world) in 2006. They beat Eveready FC (now Chirag United) in the final.

    Potatoes form an integral part of the cuisines of both the countries and are served up in a multitude of ways.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  214. Elshadai

    Ethiopia will host the 5th International Conference on Federalism, where both India and Germany are going to participate. This is the annual meeting of the Forum of Federations whose members are States that follow the federal state structure such as India, Germany, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Switzerland, Australia, Mexico and Brazil. The International Conference will take place in our capital city Addis Ababa during the month of December 2010.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  215. Curt Hammill

    Many German foods widely use spices which have original, historical sources in India. What would strudel be without sugar or cinnamon or bratwurst without mace or nutmeg?

    Historically, it was under the German Hanoverian dynasty starting with George I that England started its efforts toward territorial gains in colonizing India.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  216. Kash

    In Film Germany and India work together:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Osten and now for DON2 in Berlin.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  217. Rajeev

    The first set of foreigners I saw during my childhood were Germans. Germans have a special connections with India and specially with me as I come from a remote town in eastern India where the Germans set up a Steel Plant which is a source of Income to Many in that area. My Dad's Boss were Germans and i was close to them .
    This place called Rourkela in Orissa reminds us of Krupps & Demag the companies made machines used in Steel Making.
    Though I have not visited Germany so far however have a lot of German Friends.
    Germany is special to my heart and reminds me of my birthplace Rourkela which is so closely associated with Germany .

    September 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  218. Samrat


    I have seen many German tourists in Agra when i was a 10 years old. I live in a small town called Kanpur in UP state of INDIA. I am of Aryan descent and my ancestors were Aryans too ( History describes King's of Ancient India like Bindhusar, Ashok, Chandragupta as Aryans. As the story goes, Chandragupta married a Greek National after Alexander Invaded India. His Greek wife Helena the daughter of Seleucus, the General in Alexander's army gave birth to mixed breeds of indian and greek origin. I guess this is the link of where my ancestors might have descended from) Hitler and his followers read The Bhagvat Gita and called themselves Aryan too. leave alone the culture, politics, language, corporate world, public and private enterprises, economy, music and food of both Nation's. But we and the Germans have a lot in common and have still a to learn from each other.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  219. Muraly

    Well unlike others i am not going to look for what is similar since i believe the beauty is in diversity here....and the twain shall never meet..

    Looking for connection.. i am from Chennai, India and temporarily living in Munich, Bavaria–in the middle of the Oktoberfest...while my young and kid daughters are back home ..i miss them and connect them through the wonderful technology of gtalk !

    For my generation Steffi Graf and Boris Becker were great connectors
    Michael Schumacher in the present times...
    MaxMuller bhavan for some and Frankfurt for others (really connecting flights on the way to other destinations !)

    Finally and forever .. the fantastic German football team of all times..and the Octopus !

    September 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  220. glnreddy

    Recently for a brief period of four months a German boy, Amos, stayed in our house as guest. We are amazed with his deep understanding power of world political developments with historical perspective and independent way of leading his life. We are of the view that India ‘grading’ education system gives very little space for thinking and demands huge labour work of by hearting this need to be changed with a balancing act if it wants produce innovative brains. In addition to the technological know how Indian government should also emulate Deutschland’ social welfare policies of generously subsiding the farmer s and providing unemployment allowances etc rather than implementing world bank dictated market economy oriented conditions if it wants to become real super power. And the Germans should follow Indian model of family life and marriage system, family pressurise the newly married go for children so that the old age people in the family can see the generation to come etc.., to increase their population.

    September 22, 2010 at 2:58 am | Reply
  221. jay-are

    it saddens me to read that some people still think of Germany today as Nazi Germany of the past. Germans do not "love the Swastika," Hitler did. I understand the connection made because of its Sanskrit origin but be careful with giving wrong impressions here.

    anyway, the connection I am making for these two great nations include an Austrian named Heinrich Harrer, a mountaineer and an explorer, who, in 1938, joined a team of four that first to climb the North Wall of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. That same year he enlisted in the SS of Nazi Germany. Later, in 1939, Harrer joined a German expedition of four men to Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas to explore the Diamir Face with the aim of finding an easier route. However WWII was declared and the men were interned in India by British soldiers. After numerous attempts to escape, about 5 years later, Harrer and six others finally escaped. Of course you can read about this in Harrer's book, Seven Years in Tibet.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  222. Jahnavi Golla

    The Swastika is a sacred symbol in India & it was also used by the Nazis. People of both countries use salt as a traditional preservative.

    September 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  223. Rajeev

    I strongly believe the ties of India and Germany is because of Aryan link. Both Indians and Germans think alike . The chore values of both the great nations are almost silimar.
    Both the nations are key players in Asia and Europe if we consider the progress .
    As pointed out by everyone on Swastik and the symbol from Germany it itself shows historical link though its a lot different as its written diffrently.
    God bless the two great nations.India & Germany.

    September 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  224. george

    Germany is ancient Assyria. They migrated north after Babylon took over. They also went east thru India and picked up some of there religion. Assyria transplanted countries they took over just like Germany did in WWll

    September 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  225. shaun conway

    i spent time at santosh puri ashram in sapt rishi near haridwar in india.and it was the most spiritual place i have been on earth run by by an old beautiful guru and his wife who is GERMAN and what an amazing story of what she went through to win his love. at the age of 24 matagi as i knew her,when to india and came to a small island on the ganges near haridwar ,there see found a man sat in meditation by a fire she visited him for months,he told her to go she returned every day,she profest her love for him,he told her his love was for maditation and told to go ,after she continued to visit she confesed her love for him ,as a responce he told her to take ten cows and walk a

    September 24, 2010 at 8:39 am | Reply
  226. shaun conway

    around the foothills of the himalaya for one year and when she returned he would know she really loved him and wanted that life.she came back a year speaking hindi and with 20 cows.she is trully an amazing woman and although santosh puri left his body at the great cumbermaylor matagi still teaches in haridwar.web page (santosh puri ashram)check it out om

    September 24, 2010 at 8:55 am | Reply
  227. Tom

    Nothing!!! After seeing how they prepare for the Commonwealth Games!!! HORRIBLE!!!!

    September 24, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  228. Jitendra K Vashistha

    I think some of the few known common connection between India and Germany are:

    (1). When one thinks of the German-India connection, some famous names enter our minds. From the scholar Friedrich Max Müller to the physicist Heisenberg, the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung, Austrian writer-physicist Fritjof Capra, Hermann Hesse the classical German author. All these men were/are supporters of Indian spiritual thought and wisdom.

    Hermann Hesse, the German classical author, born in 1877 at Calw won a noble prize for literature in 1946. His mother was an Indologist and his father had visited India as well. One often finds Indian names in his books and some of his works reflect Hindu philosophical thought. One of Hermann Hesse's famous work is `Siddhartha´. The book is about the spiritual journey of a Brahmin youth in search of self and eternal wisdom. The book contains references to core Hindu philosophical expressions such as 'atman', 'maya',' Brahman' etc with references to lines from the Upanishads as well. His well known 'Narcissus and Goldmund' could also be compared with 'Siddhartha' for similarities.Both the protagonists start their journey into life in search of salvation from within the traditional religious compounds. They wander into the world of flesh and lust, suffer, despair and attain peace in their middle age.

    The most identifiable German in India perhaps is Max Müller. It is surprising that while he is known by nearly every school-going child in India and German language Institutes called Goethe institute worldwide are called Max Müller institutes in India. Friedrich Max Müller translated the scared books of India such as the Upanishads and Vedic scriptures (Rig Veda) into English. He was a leading Sanskrit orientalist scholar in his days and is remembered with warmth and reverence in India. Schopenhauer, Humboldt (translated the Bhagwat Gita into German), Friedrich von Schlegel (translator of Laws of Manu), Jacob Wilhelm Hauer were few other acclaimed German Indologists.

    Schrödinger was apparently inspired by ancient Hindu Sankhya philosophy for his Cat paradox analogy in Quantum mechanics. Heisenberg spent some time in India as Tagore's guest in 1929.There he got acquainted with Indian philosophy which brought him great comfort for its similarity to modern physics. Tagore and Einstein meetings in Germany, Einstein Bose statistics are some examples of German-Indo cultural and scientific trysts.

    Germany has always been the land of intellectuals and India the land of philosophers.These two nations so far apart in tradition and history have been brought together by few such intellectuals, artists and philosophers.

    (2). There are many similarities between the Bismark and the Vallabhai Patel. Bismark used political tactics and a famous policy called "Blood And Iron Policy". On the other hand Vallabhai Patel used this Bismarks policy in the unification of Hyderabad and also used many tactics to unify Junagadh such as holding a plebisite.

    (3). Deutsche Lufthansa is the largest airline in Europe and world’s fifth largest airline in terms of overall passengers carried. But What does the word “Lufthansa” mean ? In Sanskrit, the word lupth(लुप्त) (u pronounced as in put) means ‘extinct’ ‘hidden’ or ‘gone’ or ‘disappeared’. It’s an adjective. The word hansa(हंस) means duck or swan. This means the word “Lufthansa” means gone or disappeared swarn.When these white aeroplanes would fly into the sky and grow slowly smaller and disappear, they would look like swans disappearing into the big sky.In Sanskrit, the word that could describe them was lupth-hansa, or the hidden swan. And the logo of Lufthansa evidently shows that Hansa to be a Swan and Hansa is a Sanskrit word for Swan.

    (4). There is lot of similarity between Sanskrit and German (Deutsch)language, though the sound of alphabets changes considerably due to their placement in the words. One example of a German-Sanskrit similarity is in family member names not mentioned in the article: bhratr and duhitr (brother/bruder & daughter/tochter) do not have as obvious a relationship to the words that mean the same in Latin and Greek. Of course as you point out, the similarites are much greater between Sanskrit and, say, Greek when you look at grammatical endings. some of the most visible strikingly related words are –

    German: English: Sanskrit
    Bruder : Brother: भ्राता
    Mutter: Mother: माता
    Vater: Father: पिता
    Mischen: Mix: मिश्र
    Mischung: Mixture: मिश्रणं
    Mann: Man: मनुः
    Innere: Interior: आन्तरः
    Minister: Minister: मन्त्री
    Charakter: Character: चारित्रं
    Name: Name: नाम
    Nase: Nose: नसा
    Dattle Date: तिथि:

    September 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  229. Sudheer

    Significant connections from the past... but essentially what is going to connect them stronger into the future is technology... India is the software powerhouse of the world and Germany the techonology powerhouse.

    Already most of the German technology corps (who have essentially ruled the world)- from Siemens to Mercedes are heavily supported by software solutions based on their Indian subsidiaries

    September 25, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  230. Nabeel

    Second biggest minority is Muslim in both countries

    October 6, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  231. Sourin Ghosh

    Yes there are lot of common things between Germany and Indian historically.
    1.Both originate from the Aryan race.
    2.German language was created using the Sanskrit script.
    3.Germany's Lufthansa is a Sanskrit word 'Luftha' + 'Hansa' meaning lufhta = air and hansa = swan.
    4.The Svastika symbol used by Adolf Hitler which has Sanskrit origin.
    5.One of Bengal's oldest festival i.e. The Durga Puja is celebrated in the month of October , the same time as the Octoberfest in Bavaria. not only this the first decoration of Goddess Durga was made by Germans.
    6.Due to many more reasons Germans and Indians are so far on the map yet so close at heart.
    7.I am an Indian and i feel my second nationality is Germany. Love u Germany hope this friendship continues forever.

    October 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  232. adeswal

    Reblogged this on Abhishek Deswal and commented:
    Its so helpful when you know Hindi language that you can relate to Deutsch/ German.

    December 7, 2012 at 12:07 am | Reply
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