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15 Indian Inventions & Discoveries That Shaped The Modern World - Part 2

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In the first part of this India Independence Day series, I explained how Indian genii taught us to count, how they clothed us, shaped our philosophy and gifted us modern steel. In part two of this series, I will highlight five further extraordinary Indian contributions to the modern world:


Fifteen Indian Inventions And Discoveries That Shaped the Modern World - Part 1

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According to the celebrated American author of The Story of Civilization, Will Durant, "It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier, India has sent to the West such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system.


Atal Bihari Vajpayee – A Leader Like No Other


Today is the day, Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, will be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour. Although it is an NDA Government giving an award to an NDA leader, almost nobody can call this a partisan decision with any sort of conviction, because this is the legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as a leader who took the streets against the 1975 Emergency, as India’s first tallest opposition leader, and as a fine statesman during his tenure as Prime Minister of India.


Sam Bahadur – A Gentleman, A Soldier And A Wonderful Human

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I was in class 9th when I first heard my school Principal Colonel V.K Jha talking about Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. He was motivating a crowd of 800 students in an Open Air Theatre without using any mic – which he often used to do – and this time he was sharing stories of the war of 1971. Colonel Jha shared an anecdote which he had heard from Field Marshal Manekshaw during his Academy days:


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भारत को स्वतन्त्र कराने वाले जिन महापुरुषों का नाम इतिहास के पन्नो पर स्वर्णिम अक्षरों में अंकित है उन्ही में से एक है महान क्रान्तिकारी चन्द्रशेखर आजाद।

चंद्रशेखर आजाद एक गरीब परिवार में जन्में थे। उनका जन्म मध्य प्रदेश के झबुआ तहसील के भावरा नामक गाँव में 23 जुलाई 1906 को हुआ था। उनके पिता का नाम सीताराम तिवारी और माता का नाम जगरानी देवी था। सीताराम तिवारी उन्नाव जिले के बदरका नामक गाँव के निवासी थे। पर उन्हें अपने परिवार का पेट पालने के लिए भावरा ग्राम जाना पड़ा। वहाँ वे एक बगीचे की देखभाल करते थे और तनख्वाह में आठ रुपया माहवार मिलता था। इतने कम वेतन में ही उन्हें किसी प्रकार जीवन गुजारना पड़ता था।