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Discoveries you perhaps did not know were gifted to the world by Indians.

Discoveries

The modern world owes a lot to the Indians. The modern world’s existence dwells upon the bedrock of some remarkable Indian discoveries. Here are some fascinating ones which will only leave you proud of your nation. Standing forcefully for the National Anthem may not be patriotism but taking pride in these discoveries which India has gifted to the world would surely qualify as patriotism.

Did you know a chess-like game was played during the reign of the Gupta Empire? Chess evolved from “Chaturanga” an ancient strategy board game of the 6th Century ACE. Other countries like Russia, Ukraine, China, etc. might have perfected the art, but we gave it to the world. The west should fascinate India as much as Indians fascinate the west given the fact that most of the smartest discoveries the world knows of have been discovered by Indians.

Metallurgy

The Batman should be thankful to India for his batmobile, and Iron Man for his suit. Indians were the pioneers in metallurgy since ancient times. We learned the art around 1800 years before the west could comprehend it. Creation of the first seamless globe–assumed to be impossible–went down in history in golden ink in Kashmir.

Fiber Optics

Does the world even realize how important the discovery of fiber optics was? The world must since the world has adopted it with keen interest. “The Father of Fibre Optics” was none other than an Indian. Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany gifted the world a whole new dimension of possibilities. His name features in one of the 7 “unsung heroes” by the Fortune magazine.

Shampoo

Shampoos are something we are very particular about as we can’t risk damaging our hair. We prefer using shampoos from an international brand. Interestingly, no matter how international your shampoo brand is, it was discovered in Bengal in 1972 as a massage oil for nawabs and was later improvised upon to be the shampoo we are familiar with. Amazed much?

Zero

Not just the zero! Besides the zero, we gave the decimal system and the quadratic equation to the world. Brahmagupta found the first general formula for solving quadratic equations in the 7th Century. Indians developed the decimal system between the 1st and the 6th century. The decimal system is also known as the “Hindu number system”.

Also, Virhanka, Gopala, and Hemachandra described the Fibonacci numbers.

Rulers

India is known for its history of many brave and shrewd rulers.  We have given the world impressive examples of rulers and governance. India has also given the world a ruler that has come handy for the entire world! We are talking about the measuring ruler which was discovered during the Indus valley civilization. They ivory rulers in ancient India were known for their accuracy.

Flush Toilets

This one is interesting. Although we are struggling to confront defecation in open areas in our “Swach” initiatives, you would be amused to learn that the flush toilets are something we invented. Flush toilets were a feature of the Indus Valley Civilization and these were facilitated with proper sewage treatments. This discovery has brought a lot of convenience to the world!

Universities

Yes, irrespective of how reputed Cambridge and Oxford Universities are, India is the one which introduced to the world the concept of Universities. The world’s first University was set up in Takshila in 700 BC.

 

Ink

How would there be a written façade of the world if there was no ink? This credit too goes to Indians as Indians were the first to discover ink and we don’t really need to talk about as to how useful an invention this turned out to be.

 

Buttons

Buttons too were discovered or invented by India it’s just that initially they were used for ornamental purposes and not for fastening. Buttons were invented during the Mohenjo Daro era.

 

Plastic Surgery

Well, you heard that absolutely right! It was India who taught the world the art of plastic surgery and we must be utterly proud of that. Plastic surgeries were carried out in India as early as in 2000 BCE. Did you know it?

 

Diamond Mining

Till the diamond mines were discovered in Brazil in the 18th century, India was the only diamond bowl of the world. As early as about 5000 years the diamonds were first identified and mined in India.

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