Happy Independence Day!

From a collection of facts about India, compiled several years ago by Sumit Singh…

Be Proud to be  INDIAN

Quotes about India:

“We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.” Albert Einstein

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of   history, the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition,” Mark Twain

“If there is one place on the face of earth where all dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India,” French scholar, Romain Rolland

These facts were recently published in a German Magazine, which deals with WORLD HISTORY FACTS ABOUT INDIA:

§ India has never invaded any country in her last 1,000 years of history.

§ India invented the Number system. Aryabhatta invented the zero.

§ The world’s first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects.

§ The University of Nalanda, built in the 4th century BC, was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.

§  According to Forbes magazine, Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software.

§ Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans.

The art of navigation was born on the river Sindh 5,000 years ago. The very word “navigation” is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH.

Budhayana first calculated the value of pi, and he explained the concept of what is now known as the Pythagorean Theorem. British scholars last year (1999) officially stated that Budhayan’s works date to the 6th Century, which is long before the European mathematicians.

Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. Quadratic equations were first used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century.

The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106, whereas Indians used numbers as big as 1,053.

According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896 India was the only source of diamonds to the world.

USA-based IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion amongst academics that the pioneer of wireless communication was Professor Jagdish Bose and not Marconi.

“India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border,” Hu Shih (former Chinese Ambassador to the USA). If we don’t see even a glimpse of that great India in the India that we see today, it clearly means that we are not working up to our potential, and that if we do, we could once again be an ever shining and inspiring country setting a bright path for rest of the world to follow.

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