Sugar, an essential ingredient of our daily life. Here is India’s contribution in its invention. Hostorically,Sugarcane was originally from tropical South Asia and Southeast Asia. Different species likely originated in different locations with S. barberi originating in India and S. edule and S. officinarum coming from New Guinea. Crystallized sugar was discovered by the time of the Imperial Guptas, and the earliest reference of candied sugar comes from India. The process was soon transmitted to China with traveling Buddhist monks. Chinese documents confirm at least two missions to India, initiated in 647 CE, for obtaining technology for sugar-refining. Each mission returned with results on refining sugar.
The National Highways Development Project is an infrastructure project to upgrade, rehabilitate and widen major highways in India. The project was implemented in 1998. Managed by the National Highways Authority of India under the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways. Here is the project in detail. Continue reading
In 1977, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as Minister of External Affairs, became the first person to deliver a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in Hindi. He calls it the most unforgettable moment in his life.
Gone are the days when finance ministers used to seal their mouths weeks before the Budget. They would stop attending public meetings or making any pronouncement at least for two months preceding the Budget, lest they dropped a hint at the kind of fiscal policy change that might be in the offing.
Now finance ministers talk relatively freely about the nature of the fiscal policy change that might be announced. And the reason is that by making such statements, the finance minister does not reveal any Budget secrets. The broad contours of the fiscal policy changes are well-known in any case. Continue reading
Jawaharlal Nehru was a passionate advocate of education for India’s children and youth, believing it essential for India’s future progress. His government oversaw the establishment of many institutions of higher learning, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institutes of Management. Nehru also outlined a commitment in his five-year plans to guarantee free and compulsory primary education to all of India’s children. For this purpose, Nehru oversaw the creation of mass village enrollment programmes and the construction of thousands of schools. Nehru also launched initiatives such as the provision of free milk and meals to children in order to fight malnutrition. Adult education centres, vocational and technical schools were also organised for adults, especially in the rural areas.
India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history
he Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with the help of India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), dug out formulations from ancient Ayurveda and Unani texts, like ‘Cakradattah’, ‘Bhaisajya Ratnavali’, ‘Kitaab-al-Haawi-fil-Tibb’ and ‘Qaraabaadeen Azam wa Akmal’, dating back to the 9th century, to show that both ‘pudina’ and ‘kalamegha’ have been widely used in India since ages for influenza and epidemic fevers. Continue reading
The Kakori Kebab is a part of the famous Awadh cuisine and named after a small village on the outskirts of the city of Nawabs, where the most experienced chefs lived. It is made of finely minced meat, marinated with fresh herbs and spices, and finished in the tandoor. The melt-in-the-mouth Kakori Kebab has carved a unique niche among the barbecued delights of India. Roomali roti stuffed with Kakori Kebab and seasoned with spices, chutney and chopped onions is extremely popular in the Awadh region. Continue reading
Aum (also Om, written in Devanagari as ॐ, in Sanskrit known as praṇava प्रणव [lit. "to sound out loudly"] or auṃkāra (also as Omkāra) ओंकार (lit. “auṃ syllable”) is a mystical or sacred syllable in the Indian religions, i.e. Hinduism/Sanātana Dharma, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Continue reading
“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 (Theoretical Physicist, Germany)