It was not 'India first' only in philosophy and religion but also in many areas of science. Watch how the father of modern surgery Sishrut was performing cosmetic surgery 2000 yrs back.
India is the oldest living civilization of the world. The other ancient civilisations of Egypt, Greece and Rome sprang and died mid-way. The Urdu poet Iqbal expressed this historical fact in a beautiful way:
युनान-ओ-मिस्र-ओ-रोमा सब मिल गये जहाँ से
अब तक मगर है बाकी नामो-निशाँ हमारा।
कुछ बात है की हस्ती मिटती नहीं हमारी
सदियों रहा है दुश्मन दौर-ए-जमान हमारा।
Recent archaeological research shows that India was among the three places where the first agricultural civilization began. The first extensive plantations of rice began in India in what is today the district of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh over nine thousand years back.
India gave the first organised religion to the world - Hinduism.
The first book of the world took shape in India in the form of the Rigveda.
India was the first to develop poetry and philosophy - in the Rigveda and the Upanishads.
She was the first to give an urban civilization to the world in the form of the Indus Valley Civilisation - spread in about five lakh square miles.
First to give civilized toilets to the world (the Indus Valley Civilisation).
First to give a musical instrument with seven notes to the world - a flute found in the remains of the Indus Valley Civilisation.
Was the first to develop meta-thinking in the Upanishads.