It is very hard to digest that the land of the Vedas, 5000 years old culture, is one of the countries with the highest illiteracy levels and shows the inability of our government to utilize programs like “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan” and “National Literacy Mission”. Even countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand and the like have achieved, in lesser time, a much better percentage of literacy.

Aryabhatta (Indian) was the scientist who invented the digit zero.Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. It is suitable language for computer software. ( a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987 ). Chess was invented in India. Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies which originated in India. The’ place value system’ and the ‘decimal system’ were developed in 100 BC in India. Quadratic equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53 ( i.e 10 to the power of 53 ) with specific names as early as 5000 B.C. during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Tera: 10*12( 10 to the power of 12 ). The discovery of urban settlements of Mohenjodaro and Harappa indicates the existence of civil engineering and architectue, which blossomed to a highly precise science and found expression in innumerable monuments. Ancient India’s contributions to astronomy that has been dated to 1350 BC, was written by Lagadha. READ FULL ARTICLE

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