There have been a lot of speculations going on lately that some amazing inventions were actually discovered in India way back before the “inventors” were even born! The Indian Prime Minister’s speech saying that India had built the first ever Airplane more than 7000 years ago and Lord Ganesha is an advanced example of genetic engineering has us pondering. Is there any truth to these claims? Or are they just tall tales?

Unfortunately it is impossible to give a fixed answer. We find ourselves sitting in an uncomfortable “Yes and No” position when we think out loud. It is no new fact that the Vedas of India are considered to be the nectar of theoretical knowledge. Though everything is written as Sanskrit Shlokas rather than English paragraphs, there is immense credibility to it. So the answer is “Yes”. BUT, when it comes to practical realization and benefiting the whole of mankind, the western peers are a step ahead. So the answer can be a “No” too.

While it is futile to sit on our couches and speculate, we can actually hear some of the so called plagiarized inventions and be the moral judge.

Case 1- Newton’s 3 laws

vaisheshika_sutra_laws_of_motionGet ready to have your eyes pop out of your skulls for a second! But it seems that Newton, the maestro of physics cheekily copied Rishi Kanad when he was stating his laws. There is considerable evidence that says that Rishi Kanad had already stated the 3 laws of motion in the Vaisheshika Sutra long before Newton.

But before we start pointing fingers and turn accusing eyes, let’s think for a second. Who thought Newton Sanskrit? Assuming the fact that Newton was oblivious to the Vaisheshika Sutra, it can be said Newton probably rediscovered the laws of motion. And no, not invented it!

 

 

 

Case 2- Radio/ Wireless Communication

JC boseThis one is actually proved and there is almost no room for speculations. We all have learnt from our textbooks that it was Macroni that invented the Radio and helped to pioneer efforts in wireless communication. But the fact is that India’s own Jagdish Chandra Bose had conducted a demonstration in 1895 of the very same concept. It was the first public demonstration of the concept in the world and was done 2 years before Marconi did. Sir Bose was posthumously credited for his finding almost a century later, but history had been written.

 

Case 3- Plastic Surgery

Shushrut_statueThis might be old school news to some Indians who are familiar with Ayurveda. Ayurveda is an Indian art of medicine still widely practiced and is known to bring about stunning results. It is based upon 4 texts, one of which is the Sushrutha Samhita. Written by Sushrutha who practiced medicine as early as 600 BCE (some say 2000 BCE), it has credible content about plastic surgery in it. Sushrutha is known to have successfully practiced a lot of plastic surgery procedures and successfully recorded it in his journals.

Case 4- The Airplane

AirplaneWe all know that the Wright brothers were the first people who invented flying back in the day. But were they? Indian history shows that Shivkar Bapuji Talpade was the first man to invent an Air plane. His invention was called the Marutsakhā, meaning the “friend of wind” and was made back in 1895 (7-10 years before the Wright brothers)

 

The one thing that we all do know for sure is that to invent something, you first need sound theory supporting it. While the Indians might have done very little practically, the Indian Vedas did provide scientists with solid theory to work out their inventions and scientists. Scientists like Schrodinger and Bohr have publicly stated that they turn to Indian Vedas to validate their findings. Nikola Tesla, a revolutionary physicist was introduced to the Vedas by none other than Swami Vivekananda. Right from Alternating Current to even the conventional remote control, Tesla’s Ideas were inspired by the Vedas but were eventually stolen from him.