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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Top ten things India taught the world

My title would create curiosity but history suggests there are things which happened in India before the whole world came to know of it and adapt it. According to great writer Mark Twain-- India is the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of traditions. Read to discover great facts about India.

1) Unity in diversity-
India is incredibly beautiful country. The diversity is seen in dress, culture,cuisine, geographical locations, art and festivals. People from all religions follow their own customs but under everything the sense of being Indian is above everything.

2) The number 0 ( zero)-
When I think of this number my mind goes to the song from Indian film Purab aur Paschim, which depicts a lot about what India gave to the world. The song goes thus, Jab zero diya mere Bharat ne, duniya ko tab ginti aayi ( when my India gave zero, then the world learnt to count). According to wiki,
in 498 AD, Indian mathematician and astronomer Aryabhata stated that "sthānāt sthānaṁ daśaguņaṁ syāt" i.e. "from place to place each is ten times the preceding," which is the origin of the modern decimal-based place value notation. The value of “Pi” was first estimated in India.

3) Sanskrit and vedas-
The Vedas are among the oldest sacred texts. According to wiki, Rigveda is one of the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language. Philological and linguistic evidence indicate that the Rigveda was composed in the north-western region of the Indian subcontinent, roughly between 1700–1100 BC. Sanskrit is considered the mother of many languages. It has its origin in India.

4) Ayurveda-
Ayurveda or the 'Science of Life' is an ancient,system for diagnosis and treatment, perhaps the oldest system of medicine known to humanity.Ayurveda consider its origin over 5,000 years ago in India.(ayurvedatips )
The history of Ayurveda starts from the time of the Holy books, the Vedas. Ancient mythology contends that the concept and essence of Ayurveda was revealed by the creator of the world himself. Lord Brahma(medindia.net)

5) Yoga-
Yoga is the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace of mind in order to experience one's true self. Yoga is used to reduce health problems, stress and increase stamina and keep body fit.

6)  Namaste-
 It is form of greeting by folding both hands.Excavations for Indus-Sarasvati civilization has revealed many male and female terracotta figures in namaste posture.It means showing respect and warmth and this is what India showed to the world. 

7) Saree-
A sari or saree, is a Indian female garment that consists of drape varying from two to nine yards in length and two to four feet in breadth that is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff. The sari is associated with grace and is widely regarded as a symbol of Indian culture.

8) IT Industry-
Past two decades has seen great growth in field of Information technology. The Indian IT industry has become globally competitive.We have an edge over everyone else, when it comes to skills, products and services.

9) Model of  Democracy-

With population of over a billion, India is considered a role model in democracy. The electoral process in India is remarkable . Also, the active involvement of the public in the country’s affairs are praiseworthy.

10) Chess- the game of kings-
The history of chess spans some 1500 years. The earliest predecessor of the game probably originated in India, before the 6th century AD. From India, the game spread to Persia, then to Arabs and then to Europe where the present form was developed.

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