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171. Why BBC released this special broadcast on India’s glorious past now all of a sudden at this particular time?


Why BBC released this special broadcast on India’s glorious past now all of a sudden at this particular time?

P. S. Remesh Chandran

Editor, Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum

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The Science Museum at South Kensington, London, UK, founded in 1857 exhibits invaluable articles in the history of science and regularly holds special exhibitions the entry to which are free. Recently they unveiled a new exhibition on India of historical objects belonging to India’s rich hidden scientific past, especially looking at ancient India’s achievements in mathematics, metallurgy and civil engineering. This exhibition covers several centuries of Indian history, from the ancient past of the Indus Valley Civilization to the 19th and the early 20th century developments, with relics from the time under the British Colonial Rule to show how colonial rule helped India develop science. The artifacts abruptly stop at the beginning of the 21st century, meaningfully.

The BBC World Service Discovery last on 8th October 2019 aired a science discovery news broadcast titled ‘India's Ancient Science’, covering the India exhibition at the Science Museum. Do you know why the BBC released this special 23 minutes issue on the glorious past of India now? While supposedly ‘rediscovering influential Indian ideas on mathematics, metallurgy and engineering’, it’s a political stunt. Read, or listen to, their words very very carefully. They issued it to stress that India has had a great past in ingenious science, technology, philosophy, literature and politics, but now India is being ruled by undereducated and uneducated morons, and India now has to borrow science and technology from other countries abroad and the people of India are neither alert nor bold enough to respond to this moronic and boorish regime as courageously as they even very recently in the middle of the 20th century forced the British out of India. Especially note these lines of theirs: ‘The past does matter, and it mattered especially a hundred years ago, as Indians fought to establish their independence from the British in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, their scientific history was a reminder, that if they could do such great things before, they could do them again now.’ It is common knowledge and everyone knows it. Then, why now? BBC knows well the attitude of the British people (not of their government) in their keenness and that of the Indian people in their resignedness towards India’s ‘democracy’ is changing. 

BBC Link to this broadcast: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cstxng

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About the Author P. S. Remesh Chandran:

Editor of Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum. Author of several books in English and in Malayalam. And also author of Swan: The Intelligent Picture Book. Born and brought up in the beautiful village of Nanniyode in the Sahya Mountain Valley in Trivandrum, in Kerala. Father British Council trained English teacher and Mother University educated. Matriculation with distinction and Pre Degree Studies in Science with National Merit Scholarship. Discontinued Diploma studies in Electronics and entered politics. Unmarried and single.

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Post: P. S. Remesh Chandran, Editor, Sahyadri Books, Trivandrum, Padmalayam, Nanniyode, Pacha Post, Trivandrum- 695562, Kerala State, South India.


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First Published on: 19 October 2019

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