If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India. – Max Mueller, German scholar
This beautiful, exotic land of diversity celebrates its 68th Independence Day on August 15. authorSTREAM wishes you a very Happy Independence Day on this auspicious occasion!
As the young nation proudly celebrates its freedom, we think it’s an opportune moment to look back at the country’s glorious past since the dawn of human civilization and trace the contributions the people of this land made to the world.
Amongst several, India gave to the world the number system, the place value system, the earliest school of medicine that is still widely practiced today, the game of Chess and many more. Einstein aptly extolled the contribution of India in following words, “We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.”
Here’s another proud gem from India’s heritage: The beautiful Indian language of Sanskrit is said to be the mother of European languages and “more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either.” Astonishingly, many of the words we commonly use in English have been derived from their Latin or Greek counterpart which themselves were influenced by Sanskrit. For example, Matr (meaning Mother) formed the basis of Latin Mater which in turn influenced the English word Mother. Sarpa in Sanskrit (meaning Snake) came to be called as Serpentem in Latin and Serpent in English.
Here’s a presentation on 15 absolutely brilliant innovations that India gifted to the world:
The presentation must have missed many innovations. For instance, the world’s oldest known literary work Vedas was written on this land. Do you know of any innovation that was introduced in India and has not been covered here? Please share with us in the comments below.