The Indian Council of Historical Research (CHR) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have decided to work to trace the history of India’s contribution in the field of science and technology using evidence from ancient scriptures, with the objective of establishing India as the vishwa guru” (global leader) in several scientific domains,
There is a huge amount of information available in our ancient dharam granthas (religious scriptures) about India’s rich history of science and technology but, unfortunately, that has not been tapped by historians as yet who refute it and call it myth. We will read the texts properly and understand their historical and scientific content.
Isro had a conference where we discussed our aim to bring modern and ancient knowledge of science together. This is what holds BHARAT apart from the rest of the world and we need to embrace our history,.
Academics, including Indian ones accept “astronomical or astrological theories of the Egyptians, Greeks and Persians at face value, they term those involving Indian rishis (sages) as “myths”. The problem that the true history of India has gradually become legend and the legend has become myth. Now, INDIA has to review that myth and reassess the legend and tell the world about India’s true contribution in the sciences. The rishis in India were not not be as religious personalities. They were academicians.
ICHR decided to involve Isro in the project because everything related to astronomy, astrology and mathematics is related to space.
India’s contribution in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), stems from many aspects that includes, Indian mathematicians gaving the basis of mathematics “zero” to the world, and also calculated the value of pi.
India has contributed to the field of metallurgy. The world has learnt from India how to make steel and how to mix metals. India’s contribution in arms and ammunition is also immense. Even in ancient times, India had advanced arms and ammunition techniques which the world discovered much later.
the project will also cover India’s contribution in the field of maritime navigation, extraction and distillation, medicine and cosmetics, and irrigation and water resources. “The knowledge of Indians in weather forecasting is commendable…. Even our shepherds can predict when it is going to rain. When their sheep and goats start sniffing the ground, the shepherds get to know that it will rain in the next six hours.
It is intriguing why the western trained historians did not talk about people like Jagdish Chandra Bose when they talked about environmental science.
JC Bose was completely against patenting the research. He said that he would keep it open for everyone for the betterment of society. The approach will be scientific, A team of geologists, geographers, mathematicians, and engineers will provide inputs and suggestions. All India wants to do is to have a proper historical understanding of what exact contribution has been made in the field of science, and technology in the ancient, medieval and modern world by India and to establish that India has always been the vishwa guru’ in the field of science and technology.”
There have been some areas where India’s contribution has been downplayed so far. There has been a massive downplay of Indian contribution in the field of astronomy and metallurgy.
Not just ancient but even medieval India was extremely advanced in astronomy. Earlier, there was essentially no difference between astronomy and astrology. Astrology is determining your future based on planetary motion but in order to do that you first have to determine planetary positions. People in India developed a lot of skills in predicting the planetary motions including things like eclipses and start and end of sessions INDIA was pretty advanced in all these things to determine astronomical predictions,”
It is important to involve people who know about contemporary science and technology. With the involvement of ISRO, the information will be scientifically evaluated without any ideological influence,.
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