Aug 14, 2008

India is 62!!!

Please go through below mentioned facts, which will make you proud to be Indian......
( The whole thing is from the net and I am reproducing here ditto except the last paragraph...)
Who is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems?
Mr. Vinod Khosla.
Who is the creator of Pentium chip (90% of the today's computers run on it)?
Mr. Vinod Dham.
Who is the third richest man on the world?
According to the latest report on Fortune Magazine, He is Premji who is the CEO of Wipro Industries. The Sultan of Brunei is at 6th position now.
Who is the founder and creator of Hotmail (World's No. 1 web based E-Mail program)?
Mr. Sabeer Bhatia later on sold to Microsoft.
Who is the president of AT & T-Bell Labs (AT & T-Bell Labs is the creator of program languages such as C, C++, UNIX to name a few)?
Mr. Arun Netravalli
Who is the GM of Hewlett Packard?
Mr. Rajiv Gupta.
Who is the new MTD (Microsoft Testing Director) of Windows 2000, responsible to iron out all initial problems?
Mr. Sanjay Tejwrika.
Who are the Chief Executives of Citibank, Mckensey & Standard Charted?
Mr. Victor Menezes, Mr. Rajat Gupta and Mr. Rana Talwar.
We Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America, even faring better than the whites and the natives: There are 3.22 Millions of INDIANs in USA (1.5 % of population).
YET, 38% of doctors in USA are INDIANs.
12% scientists in USA are INDIANs.
36% of NASA scientists are INDIANs.
34% of Microsoft employees are INDIANs.
28% of IBM employees are INDIANs.
17% of INTEL scientists are INDIANs.
13% of XEROX employees are INDIANs.
Quotes about India:
"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 is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grand mother of tradition" — Mark Twain.
"If there is one place on the face of earth where all dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India" — French scholar Romain Rolland.
These facts were recently published in a German Magazine, which deals with WORLD HISTORY FACTS ABOUT INDIA:
India never invaded any country in her last 1000 years of history.
India invented the Number system. Aryabhatta invented zero.
The world's first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects.
The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
According to the Forbes magazine, Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software.
Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans.
The art of navigation was born in the river Sindh 5000 years ago. The very word "Navigation" is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH.
Budhayana first calculated the value of pi, and he explained the concept of what is now known as the Pythagorean Theorem. British scholars have last year (1999) officially published that Budhayan's works dates to the 6th Century, which is long before the European mathematicians.
Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus came from India. Quadratic Equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11th Century.
The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Indians used numbers as big as 1053.
According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds to the world.
USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion amongst academics that the pioneer of wireless communication was Professor Jagdish Bose and not Marconi.
The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra.
Chess was invented in India.
Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted surgeries like cesareans, cataract, fractures and urinary stones.
Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India.
When many cultures in the world were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization).
The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.
India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border" — Hu Shih (former Chinese Ambassador to USA)
AND yet where are we today? From what to what? is there any reason to be happy and proud at this Independence day (another holiday for us to stock rum and beer, drink all night this night, wake late, see films, surf and roam in chat rooms, sleep, see more tv and the reality shows and soap operas and get out to the world of trafficjams, potholes, rain, famine, hunger, beggars and what not)....
I apologise for the pessimism that offlate dominates my posts, but isnt that true?
Independence.... apathy.... anarchy... violence... lack of vision...
What are we celeberating tomorrow?

Aug 11, 2008

The Indian GOLD!!!

Abhinav Bindra ( keep this name and face in mind folks... he is gonna be celebrated like hell now...) secured India's first individual gold medal in Olympic history today in the men's 10- meter air rifle shooting competition in Beijing today. The 25-year-old Bindra, the world champion in the event, won with a score of 596 ahead of defending champion Zhu Qinan of China and Finland's Henri Hakkinen.

India's previous eight (ya ,,,only eight so far.. and we have the elephant size contingent led by the likes of Suresh kalmadi who have gone there and the number of officials are far ahead of the actual participants, as usual...) Olympic gold medals came from its field hockey team, which this time failed to qualify for the Beijing Games ( thanks again to the likes of Gill who is an expert in manythings including scratching women at their back, but not hockey)and won individual silver and bronze medals in sprinting, hurdling, shooting, tennis and weightlifting (thanks to the efforts of individuals who scored, inspite of the Kalmadis, Pawars, Mukul wasniks and Lalit modi's.....

While we can be happy about Abhinav bindra, let us not celebrate before an introspection...

The second most populous nation, with so much of money spent for sports.. ( where does it go is another question which the SAI guys and the uncrowned kings who rule the Indian sports scene like their personal fiefdom, have to answer)why are we not maiking it big, when the small nations go home with all the gold and silver?

The rowing training centre in Trivandrum,(just an instance of how bad things are ,here) run by the Govt of Kerala, ministry of sports, aided by SAI money, makes its members practise ,sitting in a wodden log, with iron bars that RESEMBLE the actual oars... no boats ,no oars.. no water.. just assume that you have all this and practise..and the state sports minister wanted to go to China to encourage the team but alas, the central govt refused.. Not because they became pragmatic suddenly, but because everyone, almost every official, and retd/thrown out/rejected by the people politician who heads some sports federation or the other was already in Beijing to MOTIVATE THE TEAM...every Tom, Dick ,Harry and Jughead is there spending money from our coffers...

Now that he has done it ( congrats man! gold for one billion people..) wait and see how this young lad Abhinav is paraded around, with the politicians and the officials vying to be seen in the cameras, in a naked display of vanity, and tall claims like "we did it".."we told u.."...etc...
Shameless we are, but why the hell do we celebrate it???