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I let Google autocomplete “Why {State name} is_____”


We know how search engines work. With each day passing, they are getting better and better at predicting what we are exactly looking for. Google autocomplete primarily works on the popularity and freshness of your search query. If you are logged into your Google account it will show results depending on your search history. If you have turned off your history (I think you should), or if you are using incognito mode, the autocomplete results will be depending on your current location along with the popularity of that search term.

This got me thinking. What if I apply this logic to actually see what people are searching for in terms of 28 Indian States. I used incognito mode to get results based on my location and popularity.

I just asked one simple question and let the Google search algorithms do the rest of the job:

Why {Name of the state} is _______

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All Indian states

Search Results

For the sake of the length of the article, I’d talk about just the top 10 results. However, in the image at the end of the article, you will be able to see results for all states and union territories.

1.     Maharashtra

Why is Maharashtra so rich? Well, Maharashtra has always been the economic center of India.  As of the FY 2018-19, Maharashtra contributes 13.88% of India’s GDP at current prices, followed by Tamil Nadu (8.59%) and the most populous state Uttar Pradesh (8.35%). As a result, Maharashtra also tops the list of migrants – 17 million (Census of India 2011).

2.     Gujarat

Why is Gujarat a dry state? Gujarat is the only Indian state with a death penalty for the manufacture and sale of homemade liquor that results in fatalities. Gujarat continued with the sumptuary law that proscribes the manufacture, storage, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

3.     Karnataka

Why is Karnataka famous? The state is famous for its natural, cultural, and architectural heritage. There are many monuments one can visit. The state also has beautiful yet unpopulated beaches due to its vicinity to the Arabian sea.

4.     Rajasthan

Why is Rajasthan desert? The Western part of Rajasthan is a desert because the temperature remains very high in summer. The Aravalli range lies parallel to the path of the Arabian Sea branch of the southwest monsoons.

5.     Kerala

Why is Kerala so green? Kerala is also called God’s own country. All rivers in Kerala are rain-fed. All their distributaries serve as inland waterways and also make the land greener and fertile.

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6.     Tamilnadu

Why is Tamilnadu against Hindi? After an exhaustive and divisive debate, while making the Indian Republic, Hindi was adopted as the official language of India with English continuing as an associate official language for a period of fifteen years, after which Hindi would become the sole official language. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a descendant of Dravidar Kazhagam, led the opposition to Hindi.

7.     Delhi

Why is Delhi so polluted? Delhi is the most polluted capital city in the world. Other Asian capitals also face similar problems. However, Delhi’s extreme pollution is mainly because of a combination of smoke from thermal plants and brick kilns in the capital region. Also, lack of cleansing winds and a very congested transportation network contributes to the pollution more.

8.     Punjab

Why is Punjab so fertile? Punjab is a flat plain of alluvial soil found among five rivers. The very meaning of “Punjab” is ‘The Land of Five Waters’, referring to the 5 rivers Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, and Beas. According to India today, Every hectare of Punjab’s fertile farm contributes to 52 quintals of wheat and nearly 45 quintals of rice.

9.     Uttar Pradesh

Why is Uttar Pradesh so dangerous? The state administration is already under severe criticism over the alleged mishandling of the Hathras incident – reported almost double rape cases in the last 10 years – from 1,759 in 2009 to 3,065 in 2019. According to the mint, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) ranks Uttar Pradesh as the worst for women’s security

10.  Jammu and Kashmir

Why is Jammu and Kashmir so important to India? The region is vital for the country owing to its plethora of resources. Also, the Kashmir region is the bridge between Central Asia and South Asia which makes it geopolitically and strategically important. It plays a key role in the Belt and Road initiative. More importantly, it is key for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). 

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We search for a lot of things on Google every day. All the keywords are getting stored in the backend to improve search results. These keywords are combined with various factors such as location, age, current search trend, etc. This all data helps google autocomplete to show the most relevant queries to us.

This is a fun experiment and it actually showed us a picture of what people are exactly searching for. These states are being searched for various reasons. For the sake of simplicity and to avoid duplication of results, I have picked the second-best result.

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3 thoughts on “I let Google autocomplete “Why {State name} is_____””

  1. Karishma Sonawane

    Well-written! The topic of this article is quite interesting. Moreover, the information represented through the map is very precise and provides a clear picture.

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