Sunday, September 2, 2007


There is nothing called 0 BC. 1 AD comes after 1 BC. I believe that when the modern calender was conceptualised, the Indians were not involved.

While the great greeks were still confused that "how can nothing be something", Indians had already assigned a symbol to zero in 5th Century BC. Pingala is the mathematician referred with the symbol known as 'shunya'. Before the world could comprehend the importance of zero, Aryabhatta had already proposed the decimel system in 4th Century AD.

The thought process that inspired me to write this blog came from my bhaiya. He was referring to a skit he played where the first lines spoken were the part of following song.

जब जीरो दिया मेरे भारत ने,

भारत ने मेरे भारत ने, दुनिया को तब गिनती आयी,
तारों कि भाषा भारत ने, दुनिया को पहले सिखलायी ,
देता ना दशमलव भारत तो, यूं चांद पे जाना मुश्किल था,
धरती और चांद कि दूरी का, अंदाजा लगाना मुश्किल था,

सभ्यता यहाँ पहले आयी,

सभ्यता जहाँ पहले आयी, पहले जन्मी है जहाँ पे कला,
अपना भारत वोह भारत है, जिसके पीछे संसार चला,
संसार चला और आगे बढ़ा, आगे बढ़ा बढ़ता ही गया,
भगवान् करे ये और बढ़े, बढ़ता ही रहे और फूले फले.

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