Most Indians know that India has invented Zero, but not much more.
I asked a friend some time ago “who invented the decimal system?” she didn’t know. Most Indians don’t know that India was highly advanced in math – ancient Indians knew Algebra, Calculus, Trigonometry, the value of Pi, the golden ratio, infinite series, etc.
Meanwhile, there are several Indian mathematicians, like Dr. C K Raju, who claim that maths flowed from India to Europe. However, there is little documented evidence of the systematic translations that took place for example in Cochin library.
Yet some evidence is there and I came across it in the book “Autobiography of India”, 2. Vol by D.K. Hari and D.K. Hema Hari, founders of Bharath Gyan.
It says: “Some evidence of the knowledge transfer are contained in the collections labeled “Goa” in the Jesuit historical library in Rome (ARSI).”
I wonder if Indians know which texts and how many have been taken to Europe.
Further the book gives this info: A Jesuit, Domenico Ferreli, who came as a missionary and later became a professor for math in Bangalore did research on the works of Jesuits in Malabar and Mysore.
He wrote: “Most of the Jesuits set to work to master the vernaculars (local languages)… some of their number studied Indian books and Indian philosophy not merely with the idea of refuting it but with the idea of profiting by it.”
“Hardly 7 years after the death of Francis Xavier the Jesuits obtained the translation of a great part of the 18 Puranas and sent it to Europe. A Brahmin spent 8 years in translating the works of Vyasa. Several Hindu books were got from Brahmin houses, and brought to the Library of the Jesuit College. These translations are now preserved in the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus (Goa 46)”.
All this while Hindus and especially Brahmins were tortured and killed during the Goa Inquisition and their faith was declared as demonic
It is outrageous that lists of “greatest scientists of all time” contain 95 percent Europeans, a few Chinese and Arabs, but the greatest contributors, Indians, are ignored.
Newton said “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
True, but why didn’t he say that he stood on the shoulders of Indians like Kanada, who lived some 2000 years before him? And there is so so much more to simply mention.
There seems to be an unwritten rule: Don’t mention India, if it is in a positive context. The reason may be that the West would have to give up its arrogance.
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