Subhash Kak- Sages and Scientists 2013
Concepts of Space, Time, and Consciousness in Ancient India
The Ganita tradition was erased from the history of Mathematics. One of CK Raju’s most important contributions is his cogent argument for a fundamental change in the way Math is taught in Indian schools and colleges.
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Remember Jyotish includes calendar systems. The same systems that Europeans came to India to copy since theirs did not work, and what the “modern” calendar of Pope Gregory is (badly) modeled on.
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Read CK Raju’s book that mathematics was digested by church & falsely attributed to Greeks: https://shekereblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/euclid-and-
June 25th, 2018
We have never re-examined our math education since independence to eliminate the trash myths and bad philosophy brought in by colonial education. Since people don’t understand the problems at the level of the calculus, this workshop takes up issues at the school level. For links, download the pdf of the poster.
@sankrant संक्रांत जी का उत्तम लेख दैनिक जागरण में प्रकाशित हुआ देख
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Articles by Sankrant Sanu
Here Are 5 Myths About English That All Indians Should Stop Believing Right Away
Aug 09, 2016 at 18:21
Recently, Uma Bharti remarked on the need to propagate Indian languages and how English becomes a barrier. Predictably, people on English news portals jumped on her remarks.
Sample a comment on one such portal:
There are some enduring myths about the English language in India, particularly in association to “progress”, “technology” and “modernity”. As someone who went to an English-medium school in India, I myself subscribed to these myths. It was only when I traveled the world, to over 30 countries, that I realized our assumptions about English are that of frogs in a well.
When I was a manager at Microsoft, I visited my team at the Microsoft development center in Israel. This was eye-opening. I later spent a summer traveling in Indian villages and I realized the real cost of our assumptions about English. Contrary to the notions I had about English is necessary for science and technology or for India’s progress, I came to realize that India’s English-medium obsession is one of the biggest barriers to India’s development.
Here then are 5 enduring myths about English:
India’s English-medium obsession could be one of the biggest barriers to India’s development / Reuters
There are millions of people in the world who are well-off, well-educated and technically savvy and they don’t speak a word of English. When I was in South Korea, I found it to be an affluent country. However, it was nearly impossible to find someone who spoke English apart from the staff of the luxury hotel I was staying in. In China, I found a tech-savvy population and a proliferation of high-end iPhones. Yet, even at a fancy restaurant in Beijing, I found that not one person—from the wait-staff to the manager—spoke a word of English. I can’t imagine something like this happening in India. The staff at the Chinese restaurant asked me to type my order into their smartphone. They then used the Baidu app to translate it into Chinese.
(Left) Ad for Audi in Beijing is not in English. Ad for multinational bank HSBC is in Turkey. Photo: Sankrant Sanu
MNCs in all major countries operate in the local language. When I was at the Microsoft Development Center in Haifa, Israel, I was surprised to find that the language of communication was Hebrew, not English. Emails were in Hebrew, technical documents and discussions were all in Hebrew. This, when the entire population of Israel is less than that of Delhi. Similarly, Samsung, which is one of the biggest electronics manufacturers in the world with cutting-edge technology has a CEO who did his MBA in Korean. Samsung uses Korean in South Korea, uses Thai for office jobs in Thailand, but in India it uses English. MNCs choose to adapt to different countries of the world but in India, we bend backward assuming MNC means English.
Car number plates in Thailand. Notice Devanagari-like script. Photo: Sankrant Sanu.
This is the most enduring myth—that English has given India a “competitive advantage” in Information Technology. There are highly technically advanced societies, such as Japan, that do not use English. Some years ago I traveled to Indian villages armed with IQ tests. I found, to my surprise, that rural children outscored urban Indian children in IQ. English, as the language of higher and professional education, alienates these children. They find math easy but English hard.
Chinese use local language in technology. For representation /Reuters
Even when it comes to outsourcing, the advantage is temporary. China’s programmers learn in Chinese and have teams with one outward-facing project liaison who speaks the client language. Thus, China is providing outsourcing to the US, using English, but also to Japan, using Japanese. Only about 5% of the world’s population is native English speakers and the importance of this segment will likely decline as the US and the UK decline as Economic superpowers. China is also investing in technological innovation, developing its own companies, like Baidu and Weibo for search and social networking while its entire technology education uses Chinese.
Science is taught at the graduate level in dozens of languages across the world, from Japanese to Portuguese and from Thai to Polish. It is even written using the pictographic Kanji (Japanese writing system) script with thousands of characters. Even MS-DOS the command prompt operating system from Microsoft supported Kanji characters 30 years ago because the Japanese demanded it.
In Japan, students learn science in local language / Reuters
Indian languages, on the contrary, are highly scientific. They are phonetically sound and can express a range of sounds. They also have technical literature and vocabulary for hundreds of years. Sanskrit-based grammars also make it very easy to construct new words.
Hebrew was once considered a dead language, yet it was revived for science and technology education. Technion, Israel’s foremost engineering college is Hebrew-medium and is ranked much higher than the IITs. Languages need investment. India simply needs to invest in its languages and keep them contemporary. It is much easier to translate one thousand key books on science and technology than teach a foreign language to a billion plus people.
Students at The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology / Facebook
It is, in fact, the other way round. It is English that is pushed in India by government policy. The government allows only English in the Supreme Court and most High Courts. Most top institutes, be it the IITs, the IIMs or the AIIMS, they are all funded by the government and operate only in English. Most government websites still use English as the primary language. But is this because people want it?
No, where people have a real choice, they prefer to consume Indian languages, not English. Only one of the top 10 newspapers in India is in English. As a percent, less than 10% of the newspaper readers prefer to read in English. English TV channels have an even smaller percentage of the audience. Thus, given a choice, most people would rather read and listen to their own languages.
It is the vernacular newspapers, and not the English language ones, that rule the market in India.
The demand for English arises because of flawed government policies that are pushed by the elite. We need to provide an equal opportunity to study Indian languages. This will allow deep technology penetration. English cannot be the vehicle for our development, rather it remains the biggest barrier to our progress.
The English Medium Myth
शिक्षा अधिकार क़ानून (आर टी ई) पर दैनिक जागरण में आज मेरा लेख।
Twitter Chat about education in India
Scientific Research consistently has shown that children learn better in their mother tongues. Yet the Indian govt’s
#EnglishApartheid policies creates a mad rush to English-medium, destroying talent, minds, and culture. @narendramodi
Globally, there are 50-75 million ‘marginalized’ children who are not enrolled in school. Children whose primary language is not the language…
एअर कनाडा को हिंदी के प्रयोग में कोई परेशानी नहीं। वह पंजाबी में भी बोलते हैं। लेकिन भारत में आते ही हवाई अड्डे से ही अंग्रेज़ी ही सब जगह दिखती है।
दुनिया बहुभाषीय है। जब सब जगह अंग्रेज़ी ही झलकती है तो समझ लो की “भारत” पहुँच गए।
Sankrant Sanu सानु Retweeted Anant Goenka
सबसे बड़ी परेशानी हमारी मानसिकता की है। हमारी ग़ुलाम मानसिकता ने अंग्रेज़ी को उच्च मान लिया। यह मानसिकता दशकों की भारत सरकार की नीति और भेदभाव का परिणाम है।
3 ppl on business class London to Mumbai reading newspapers that are in either Hindi or Marathi (NBT, Loksatta). In Europe we also often see passengers reading French/German newspapers..we must get over the idea that local language media doesn’t target a higher income audience.
Maodas Macaulayputra @Macaulayputra
I met a village boy who wanted to do industrial design. Couldn’t surmount AutoCAD being in English. Now drives a taxi.
Evolved Monkey @evolvedmonkey82
ASHOK SINGHAL @shoksing
Abhijit Majumder @abhijitmajumder
Maodas Macaulayputra @Macaulayputra
Chinese companies are registering for more AI patents than their American peers, including in the advanced subset of AI called deep-lea…
It is no doubt that the world today is greatly indebted to the contributions made by Indian mathematicians. One of the most important contributions made by them was the introduction of decimal system as well as the invention of zero. Here are some of the famous Indian mathematicians dating back from Indus Valley civilization and Vedas to Modern times.
Aryabhata born December 476 CE Ashmaka is old name of Patna (Bihar) India was the first in the line of a great mathematician- astrologer from the classical …
Aryabhata worked on the place value system using letters to signify numbers and stating qualities. He discovered the position of nine planets and stated that these planets revolve around the sun. He also stated the correct number of days in a year that is 365.
Dr. Nagaswami is famously known for his books with decades and decades of research supported by hard evidence of scriptures which help dismantle all the wrong things written about our heritage and our history, all the divisiveness between Sanskrit and Tamil, Vedas, and Tamil culture and how Tamil culture is very much influenced by Vedas and how it is a part of the Indian culture, a limb of the whole society of India and not an isolated culture.
Swadeshi Indology Conference 3 —
Figure 2 Dr. Nagaswamy highlighting the similarities between Thirukkural and Dharma Shastras and the essential unity among Indian traditions
The Nataraja Idol case
“When looking at the literature on the life of St. Thomas, it is not mentioned anywhere that he came to India. It is only a myth, which has now been connected with the excavations at Pattanam, near Kodungalloor,” – Dr. R. Nagaswamy
Dr. Nagaswami responds
Dr. Nagaswami responds
As Hindus, we dance and sing our philosophy. Our highest literature is our philosophy. Our culture is never separate from our religion. When one says Namaste it is culture and it is also religion and also it is religious wisdom that we have got to back up religion.
When the Lord of Nritya Sri Ganesha and Sri Nataraja are quietly removed out of Rangamancha, when in the ‘Bharata Natyam’ Sri Vishnu and Sri Shiva mudra is replaced by Jesus mudra, when in the traditional lamp the Shankha, Chakra, Gada, Padma, and Hamsa is replaced with a Cross, when the famous bhajan ‘Krishna Nee Begane Baaro’ is changed to ‘Yesu Nee Begane Baaro’, when the devotion is taken out of the Nritya then it is called ‘Christian Bharata Natyam’. One may argue why Christian Bharata Natyam cannot be devotional? The Answer is simple. One who has left one’s own religion and has appropriated its culture will never be able to fill his heart with devotion. When one leaves his religion the culture leaves that individual too.
सब चोरी का माल है … ॐ को हटा कर क्रॉस लगा दिया ….यह है इसाई लोग ?
The Jesus as a yogi story is sadly becoming one of the main conversion ploys in India.
meditating Jesus | meditating Jesus in India
Chaturbhuja Jesus? Jesus Yogi