Saints are as revered (if not more) in India as in any other country in the world. We have saints ranging from Ramakrishna Paramahansa to “Paramahamsa” Nithyananda.
However, what we have to learn from South-East Asia is about Swami “Tree”ananda.
We kid you not!
Buddhist monks from north-east Thailand have been so worried about the environment, they have been ordaining trees with sainthood since 1990!