In 2014 we discovered what our ancestors discovered, what’s up for 2015

Did the Wright Brothers get the idea of flight from the Amar Chitra Katha version of the Ramayan.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: January 1, 2015 10:38 am
We got to know a lot about our ancestors in 2014, a bit too much actually We got to know a lot about our ancestors in 2014, a bit too much actually

There is no doubt about India’s glorious past, about what we taught the world and how we did things before the others. But 2014 was the year in which our history asserted itself.

We have all heard these stories before, about how the Pushpaka Vimana was the first aircraft to take to the skies. Yeah, much before the Arabs started floating around in flying carpets. Wright Brothers, and maybe even Leonardo Da Vinci, got the idea from the Amar Chitra Katha version of the Ramayan.

Ramayana, Mahabharata, first plane, rss, sangh

We all try some of the homemade remedies passed on within the family over the generations to good effect. But if some people have their way, we would be using cow urine and dung for most of the ailments afflicting us, even diabetes. Ever wondered why the same is never prescribed in Ayurveda?

Ramayana, Mahabharata, Ayurveda, rss, sangh

The Mahabharata details the use of a weapon of mass destruction… “an iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death which reduced to ashes the entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas.” Of course, it was the first nuclear bomb. It could have been something more deadlier, a completely different technology. But it is easier to call it a nuclear bomb.

Maharashtra, Ramayana, Puranas, Vedas

We all agree that Sushruta was one of the world’s first surgeons, adept at fixing chopped off noses and ears. But was he a plastic surgeon?


Sushruta’s accomplishments pale when we compare it to the achievements of the doctors and IVF experts in the court of Dhritarashtra. Those guys were so good at creating test tube babies that they dealt in the dozens, or should we say hundreds.


This year we also got to know of the anashva rath, or the chariot that runs without horses. We can only guess that “yantra-rath” was abondoned in favour of the bullock cart purely for reasons of mileage.

anashva rath, ancient india motor car

If we thought Sanjay was blessed because he could see what was happening on the battlefield and narrate it for his master, then that was because we did not know that he was just watching a live telecast on a Dvapara Yuga television.

Here is hoping we get to learn more about ourselves, and our ancestors in 2015.

POSTSCRIPT: Ours is a glorious history, where we were ahead of most other civilisations in a lot of things, notably medicine, mathematics, astronomy and urban planning. Our mythology is also rich and an integral part of our culture that we can be proud of. But downgrading history and mythology with motivated interpretations will do us no good.

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  1. F
    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:47 am
    But you do believe that j@sus rose from the dead. Don't you?
  2. F
    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:46 am
    But you do believe that jesus rose from the dead. Don't you?
  3. R
    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:21 am
    Haha.. at least our ancestors did not discover sarcastic journalism back then and left it to this intelligent journalist to discover. Can't journalists focus on nation building instead of deriding the Modi govt. on silly issues?
  4. P
    Jan 1, 2015 at 4:10 am
    100% agree. these journalists and paid media are taking the people of India for granted. This article is nothing but a desperate attempt to sensationalize, degrade and mock the people of India. Nothing but cheap tabloid style reporting. The newspaper and the author should be slapped with a law suit.
  5. P
    Jan 1, 2015 at 4:33 am
    By writing this article the author just made an of himself. Ridiculing your country's history and past achievements doesn't make you look smarter. I could understand if the article was written by somebody outside India, but that is your motherland, and your history. Ayurveda is not only about cow's and dung (probably the author got traumatized by that in his childhood which showed pathetic results in present), and Sushruta's surgeon art wasn't about just chopped off noses and ears. Sir, you are as shallow as the article you wrote.
  6. P
    Jan 1, 2015 at 4:01 am
    How so? all civilizations try to find pride in their past. Why do europeans proudly show their roman and greek heritage??
  7. P
    Jan 1, 2015 at 3:57 am
    The only thing that this article brings out is the sickness of the author who wrote it to mock India. What ridiculous arguments you present. The w world knows the reason for India (and China's) dark days. the spirit of national pride took a big hit during those days. The question to ask is, we ruled the world once so what happened since then? You'll find the answer in the expansion of islam and the oppression of India since mughal and continued with british times.
  8. P
    Jan 1, 2015 at 3:47 am
    What a pathetic article! A desperate and contemptuous attempt at sensationalizing and degrading the culture of India at the expense of national pride. This is worse than even a british tabloid. Trash reporting. The newspaper and the author of this article should be taken to court.
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