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The topic for Blog-a-ton 3 is 'Indian dream'. This post made my rusted brain to work a lot and refer a lot. Wow, by writing this article, i learnt a lot about our economy and India at present. How we were once and how we are now? Vast difference. Come on, get into the article and tell me how is it.
Let me start this article by telling some known-unknown facts about India. This inclusion tells the world how great we Indians are.
"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made."
- Albert Einstein
INDIA - AS A COUNTRY:
These India facts were recently published in one of the German Magazines which deals with World History
- The World's first university was established in Takshasila 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 CE was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
- Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages. Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software - a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987.
- Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago. Today Ayurveda is fast regaining its rightful place in our civilization.
- Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development. India was the richest country on earth until the time of British in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus was attracted by her wealth.
- The art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word NAV GATIH. The word navy is also derived from Sanskrit 'Nou'
- Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: (5th century) 365.258756484 days.
- The value of "pi" was first calculated by Budhayana. He explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.
- Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India.
- According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world.
- USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century old suspicion in the world scientific community that the pioneer of wireless communication was Professor Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.
- Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India.
- The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.
Amazing isn't it? Proud to be an Indian. This topic, "Indian Dream" can be presumed and interpreted in many ways and the beauty lies in the way we interpret it. I am going to write this article in two perspectives (Of course its purely my opinion). They are :
- India's dream
- Dream of an Indian-Me
DREAM OF AN INDIAN - ME:
I have a dream, India, as a country in my dreams.
- It is true that one person can not solve all the big problems–say removing corruption from society or to educate every child or to fix all broken roads, but One person can still do lot of Small things and if each of this ONE PERSON does these SMALL THINGS, the SUM-TOTAL will be very LARGE.
- There, in ancient India existed great universities like Takshasila and Nalanda where students not only from India but also from far-off countries came to study diverse subjects. But what is the present scenario? All of them are willing to carry their studies abroad. The reason? The Standards of Indian universities diminished (To some/many extent). And, the attraction of getting a degree from a foreign university tops them all. We acquire and possess a vast knowledge. But do we apply all our knowledge in the right area and for the right country?
- Brain drain is another terminology going rounds. If everyone one of us cite the reason : India doesn't have the opportunity for the field I excel in, what will happen to our country's future? Instead why don't we create opportunity for ourselves in our country, thereby preventing and motivating the future generations to serve for the country.
- I want to live in a country free from terrorism and a secure place to live in with people proud of the country’s leadership. Terrorism doesn't mean the invasion of foreign elements inside our country. Within state atrocities and the lack of a secured life within house disproves my wish. When a take a daily, I see numerous articles about murders and Child Molestation. Murder for gain, sexual abuses, Female infanticide still prevail in our country. I want a terror free nation, like Gandhi ji wished, a nation where girls can feel secured and walk alone in nights wearing precious ornaments. Long way to go na?!
- Clean society is what I want. Am I sounding selfish here? No am not. One of my neighbor came from US of A two weeks back and was telling my dad how clean the road was. When their country can be so clean, why can't ours be? We can roam around freely without twitching our nose for the stinking garbage's. I can witness the drainage water seeping in slum. Atleast we can do our duty properly, by not throwing garbage's in the road.
- Corruption is again a big term which is bringing a bad name for our country among all other nations, yeah we are Number one in corruption. Money speaks everywhere. These days, people are running out of time and when they want to get a thing done soon (Starting from Govt. organizations to private companies), we pay money which is called corruption on a bigger note. Who are responsible for this? We ourselves are the cause and solution for this problem.
- Finally, for me the mother of all dreams is a motherland where political liberty of each of its citizens will be valued most and where protest will be considered legitimate.
India is the worlds largest democratic country. Is Indian democracy an experiment in governance or a huge muddle? Time has the answer. How our Indians today form a sea of humanity which has been flowing for ages, different in many ways yet having a common thread, a common feeling - INDIAN. India even with its great problems despite difficulties yet survives its own trials and pains. People here are enjoying peace, freedom which can't be imagined by people in other countries.
Economic growth for India is basically linked to societal transformation in the knowledge products and service sector. Of course this in turn fortifies agriculture and manufacturing sector through innovation and value addition. We have to move towards information and knowledge society involving explicit knowledge. Information and communication technology have to be vastly deployed in our transmutation strategy along with State-of-the-art technologies like Biotechnology, Nano-technology.
Our Former President, Kalam told "Instead of the person from the rural areas going to urban towns in search of jobs in manufacturing and services sectors, PURA ( Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) facilitates creation of employment in the rural areas itself. PURA achieves this by providing physical, electronic and knowledge connectivity to a cluster of villages thereby leading to their economic connectivity and prosperity. I would suggest the ICT companies to spread the establishment of new Unit in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities and PURA complexes.". That's one of the best proposal, which can take our country to new heights by 2020 as he envisioned.
By the end of this century, there would be novel trend towards convergence of human thinking with the world of machine intelligence that we, the human species initially created. When there would no clear distinction between human and computers, how would the molecular biologists help us to retain the supremacy of man over machine? Weird thinking, but it may happen in the near future. Our technology and our Mission to moon, Chandrayan (Though it failed), made the world to turn their heads and see us. NASA praised ISRO for its invention and Chandrayan's discovery in moon.
Information Technology and Communication together formed ICT (Information and Communication Technology). Then Information Technology merged with Bio-Technology and led to the formation of Bio-Informatics. Now Nano-Technology is knocking the doors of science. It is the field for future that will replace microelectronics with tremendous application potential in the areas of medicine, electronics and material science. When Nano technology and ICT meet, integrated silicon electronics, will be devised born. This may lead to material convergence. With material convergence and biotechnology linked, a new science called Intelligent Bioscience will be born which would lead to a disease free and more intelligent human home ground. Merging bio-Nano-info technologies can lead to the growth of Nano robots. Nano robots when they are injected into a patient, it will diagnose and deliver the treatment solely in the affected area and then the Nano-robot gets digested as a DNA based product. I read all these in a college journal sometimes back. Wrote it with the help of my notes.
Dream, dream, dream. Dream transforms into thoughts. Thoughts result into action. It means only if you have a dream thoughts will come. If thoughts are there, you will do the action. So you have to start a goal vision in your life.
-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
If it has some errors, am sorry :-(. This is wholly my perception as a single Indian. So Kindly excuse.
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P.S : I wrote this post by referring Magazines and some web-sites. This contains some excerpts from our former president's speech at the Infosys Global Education Center, Mysore.