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What did Indians of the past discover? Nothing! Nothing!

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  1. November 21, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    I heard zero was discovery of Indians. Wait, zero is ‘nothing’, isn’t it!

  2. November 21, 2009 at 9:43 PM

    You got it!

  3. November 24, 2009 at 12:10 AM

    Discoveries and inventions get impetus in two conditions :
    1) Hard times: When there are wars and one needs to think really hard for techniques to beat the enemy/survive. Lots of major and minor inventions that we use in daily life today were created in two World Wars as result of military research funding.

    2) Super good times: When we have all the basic needs assured and don’t need to direct our major energies and worries in that aspect. Then there is time to build knowledge and understanding of what the current frontiers of science are this inner unrest out of not having any primary needs left to achieve which gets directed in creative research.

    I think actually the leverage would more if period 2) is followed by period 1) rather than vice-versa. Of course, best if there is no period 1). We don’t want period 1) , inventions be damned!

    India is peaceful and not involved in wars much. And being enslaved for so many years and left poor, the in built psychology of past few generations has been ‘we aren’t much’ and ‘gather whatever riches you can. practical survival is the first priority.’. Current generation is transitioning.It is overturning the first part, realizing that yes, we are good! But yet majorly interested in converting it to quick cash like the other tendency. Anyways I don’t see anything wrong with this wealth building. It might bring about scenario 2) in a few generations.

    Anyways I don’t think ‘Indians have not invented anything’ is correct entirely. Lots things in the LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas were invented by India on its own and many countries were interested in obtaining some of those technologies a few years ago. I don’t know where this stands today.

    Also its just that the environment isn’t yet fully ripe yet. Indians who go to other countries often do very good things. eg. Recent Nobel Prize. If that fellow would have been in some village, he would have probably daydreamed lots of things, and yet his family would have considered him good for nothing village idiot if he didn’t work in the fields, factory or something and bring home roji-roti

    There are many loopholes in ‘theory’ I just wrote above. Maybe I’ll think of it again sometime, or not. If I do, maybe I’ll come back and post it, or not.

  4. November 24, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    The actual post was meant to show that Indians discovered (or invented) ‘zero’.

    Your analysis is true to an extent.

    But I still haven’t found how Indians found the way to make dosa and roti. 😛

  5. December 6, 2009 at 12:58 AM

    Well, actual post really didn’t seem like it was about inventing zero! I just thought of joking as well as saying that Indians are not big idiots simultaneously!

    Really man! If it was a disguised joke and pun, I guess it was a little too well disguised!!!!

    Yes like I too talked about loopholes, the analysis is true, but till an extent.
    1) Its not broad considering lots of things
    2) Even the area that it covers has somethings not entirely fooproof and satisfactory.

    But can’t waste a lot of time analysing and commenting on this.
    If I have to, then writing a book would be more size appropriate and commercially appropriate 😉

    Not that I am writing one 😛

  6. December 6, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    I suspect (and I could be wrong; only Ambi can confirm) that following post on my blog had prompted this post from Ambi:


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