(A glimpse into India’s scientific heritage)
Ancient Indians have always been acclaimed for their contributions to art, literature, philosophy, and allied branches of knowledge. But the significant strides they had made in the fields of science and technology have remained relatively unknown.
Today, the scientific literature in Sanskrit available to us is vast and varied, covering subjects as diverse as alchemy and astronomy, mathematics and metallurgy, gemology and zoology, and many more. Even so, several questions have been raised as to their antiquity and authenticity. This, perhaps, is due to a lack of proper understanding of India’s cultural ethos by historians and, often, a narrow interpretation of ancient Indian manuscripts.
‘Pride of India’ beings these issues to light, while attempting to answer them in a manner that will stand the test of dispassionate, scientific scrutiny. It is hoped that this new perspective will give a new thrust and dimension to scholars and scientists in their journey into India’s past and help derive full benefits of her scientific heritage.