Facts about INDIA - Our Motherland

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  1. prattu

    prattu New Member


    The official Sanskrit name for India is Bharat.

    INDIA has been called Bharat even in Satya yuga ( Golden Age )


    The name `India' is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.

    The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name `Hindustan' combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.

    The number system was invented by India. Aryabhatta was the scientist who invented the digit zero.

    Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. This is because it is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for computer software. ( areport in Forbes magazine, July 1987 ).
    Chess was invented in India.

    Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies which originated in India.

    The' place value system' and the 'decimal system' were developed in 100 BC in India.

    The first six Mogul Emperor's of India ruled in an unbroken succession from father to son for two hundred years, from 1526 to 1707.

    The World's First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara temple at Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The shikhara is made from a single ' 80-tonne ' piece of granite. Also, this magnificient temple was built in just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola

    India is.......the Largest democracy in the world, the 6th largest country in the world AND one of the most ancient and living civilizations (at least 10, 000 years old).

    The game of snakes & ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called 'Mokshapat.' The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices. The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. Later through time, the game underwent several modifications but the meaning is the same i.e good deeds take us to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births.

    The world's highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh.
    Built in 1893 after levelling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level.

    India has the most post offices in the world !

    The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people !.

    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 was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.

    Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The father of medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.

    Although modern images & descriptions of India often show poverty, India was one of the richest countries till the time of British in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus was attracted by India's wealth and was looking for route to India when he discovered America by mistake.

    The art of Navigation & Navigating was born in the river Sindh 6000 over years ago. The very word 'Navigation' is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word 'Nou'.

    Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. His calculations was - Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: ( 5th century ) 365.258756484 days.

    The value of "pi" was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, which was long before the European mathematicians.

    Algebra, trigonometry and calculus also orignated from India. Quadratic equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53 ( i.e 10 to the power of 53 ) with specific names as early as 5000 B.C. during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Tera: 10*12( 10 to the power of 12 ).

    Until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world. ( Source . Gemological Institute of America )

    The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.

    Sushruta is regarded as the father of surgery. Over 2600 years ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones and also plastic surgery and brain surgeries.

    Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India medicine. Detailed knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism, physiology, etiology, genetics and immunity is also found in many ancient Indian texts.

    Did you know ?

    India also celebrates the birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President and Vice-President and great statesman, as "Teachers' Day".

    Born on September 5, 1888, at Tiruttani, 40 miles to the north-east of Madras, Radhakrishnan grew to become the most famous Indian teacher and philosopher of all times. In his honour, this day is celebrated as Teacher's Day.

    He was also the Vice-President of India from 1952-1962. He held the office of the Chancellor, University of Delhi, before taking over as the President of India in May 1962.

    "What makes a nation, is the past, what justifies one nation against others is the past", says the noted historian Eric Hobsbawm.

    Hence, when talking of a nation, it becomes very imperative that the past should also be talked about. And the past of India is as fascinating and interesting as it is momentous
  2. shsnawada

    shsnawada Cyborgs & Pasta

    Haha, a great collection untruths, useless things and propaganda space shuttles.
  3. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    ^ :RollLol:

    What significance does a glorious past hold, when in current scenario poverty is so rampant, corruption is so prevalent, that ppl are willing to resort to crime without much inhibitions.
    Haha, right.
    Israel doesn't exist.
    USA doesn't exist.

    Britain is the mightiest of the mightiest, and the sun never sets on the british empire.
  4. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!


    I just realize this as just another way to force Indians to feel proud of India.

    Why is there so much sham here?

    just like playing National Anthem in theatres.

    The best part about national anthem stuff is that (which shows that most Indians dont really give two hoots to it) ppl will stand up (apparantly because they have been taught that it is the only way to show respect) when the anthem plays before the start of the movie.

    However, if the anthem is being played IN the movie in some scene, everyone is so nonchalant. No one stands up, not even bat an eyelid, and just continue doing what they were doing.

  5. prattu

    prattu New Member

    Hmm ok

    Hmmm ok dude I perfectly agree with your statements, no doubt on that.

    But realisation is one thing which we can learn from the past. That's what I meant here and nothing more than that.

    Kindly accept my apologies if my post has hurted you or anyone in this forum.
  6. prattu

    prattu New Member


    Hmmm there might not be justifiers to justify how true are the above mentioned facts about our country. But what we can really think about is if at all its true then how come it happened with those people. Let's take things in a positive attitude instead of analysing the gray areas inside it.

    If at all I had made a mistake posting this post and hurting you by any way, kindly accept my sincere apologies for the same.

    Anyway thanks for taking so much pain and wasting your precious time in reading my posts (including this one).

    Thanks for making me realise what are junk posts and what are valuable posts. ;)

  7. i'm_not_neo

    i'm_not_neo el valor máximo absoluto

    About the national anthem,I really used to feel proud every time I heard it till the day I got to know that Tagore had composed it in honor of King George V and wasn't really referring to India...
  8. elfascinating

    elfascinating risqué

    ^I think that's a hoax isn't it?

    And they play the National anthem even after sunset in theatres.
    Can someone tell me if that's right to do because I've heard the national anthem shouldn't be played after sunset!?
  9. i'm_not_neo

    i'm_not_neo el valor máximo absoluto

    Well it's still a controversial issue...but it was composed when he was to visit India and even sung when he arrived (perhaps in a different language) and it mentions only the places which were then under British rule..
    Anyways,true or not,once you know this it's kinda hard to imagine that the song is about our motherland..
  10. elfascinating

    elfascinating risqué

    wtf .. Why would Rabindranath Tagore praise King George V in "sanskrit" which he would not understand even rat's shit?

    It seems illogical to start with.
  11. i'm_not_neo

    i'm_not_neo el valor máximo absoluto

    And btw I'm not forcing my beliefs on some1 nor am I myself sure if its true..all I said was that since then I lost the feeling of pride that I had for my national anthem...
  12. CrYpTiC_angel

    CrYpTiC_angel Rebelle!

    @elf, I'm pretty sure it was written in Bengali.
  13. elfascinating

    elfascinating risqué

    ^Oh ok.

    With all those hoax mails flying these days, It's hard to believe what's true. I still feel National anthem wasn't written for King George V.

    Anyone read bout Tejo Mahalaya? That Taj Mahal is actually not built by Shah Jahan and is a Mandir or something?
  14. manish.chauhan

    manish.chauhan New Member

    ye kya ho raha hai....................itna andhera kyun hai bhai

    i mean.... kala akshar bhens barabar, likho vo jo pandhne koho, ye to ek line padhne ke bad neend aa gayi,

    sorry but i dont think it is hitting my mind, not inspiring any body
  15. i'm_not_neo

    i'm_not_neo el valor máximo absoluto

    Yeah,its bengali man...anyways..yeah Tejomahalaya was the latest in controversies for me..I never got to read the actual book though..just read it on a web page..Did you read that book or you just know a bit of it roughly??
    That one even I don't believe though its highly amusing..
  16. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Even if the Anthem was written for King George, no one can deny that it TALKS about INDIA.

    The "fact" htat it was written for King George doesnt make it any less credible.
  17. elfascinating

    elfascinating risqué

    Plus I don't find any point in people standing up for the anthem and spitting on the walls (Corners) after they come out.

    There's a lot more to than standing to the anthem that should be done to respect the country.
  18. i'm_not_neo

    i'm_not_neo el valor máximo absoluto

    No no..you don't get it..eventhough it describes India..it speaks highly of the King (assuming that it's true).Its not really written for the King,rather on him..
    For eg. the "adhinayak","bharat bhagya vidhata",and "vindhya,himachal.....tav shubha namey jaage,tav shubh ashish maage",even the "jay hey" refers to the King..hence its not really patriotic (Considering you believe that it was composed for King George).Every time I hear it this is what comes to mind..
  19. CrYpTiC_angel

    CrYpTiC_angel Rebelle!

    I forgot to say this earlier: Thanks Prattu for taking your face off your avatar :)

    @not_neo, wiki our national anthem, and read what's there about this controversy. It seems credible enough.
  20. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Is there any mention of name of KING GEORGE in the anthem?

    Whoever might be the vidhata, there is no mention of him.

    You are talking just like those Shivsena mongers who changed the name from Bombay to Mumbai, simply because the name Bombay was given by British.

    Besides, in general, I really pity stupid idiots (which is a majority in this country), for whom patriotism is measured by how long and how straight you can stand during the anthem. Thats all to patriotism to such duds.

    Unfortunately most of such duds are in politics.

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