Congress MP Shashi Tharoor Sunday supported Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan’s observation that algebra and Pythagoras theorem originated in India, but Indian scientists gave the credit for them to others.
Tharoor said “modernists sneering at Harsh Vardhan should know he was right” and added that the “genuine accomplishments of ancient Indian science” should not be debunked for mocking the “credulous exaggerations of the Hindutva brigade”.
Reacting to the minister’s remarks on Twitter, he also posted links of his earlier articles on the subject. Referring to the Pythagoras theorem, his 2003 article said “the Sulba Sutras, composed between 800 and 500 BC, demonstrate that India had Pythagoras theorem before the great Greek was born, and a way of getting the square root of 2 correct to five decimal places”.
Tharoor was last year removed as Congress spokesperson after his praise of the Swachh Bharat campaign angered the Congress’s Kerala unit. Tharoor, however, said the Ganesha plastic surgery theory is absurd.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year had linked medical science to mythology, citing “plastic surgery” and “genetic science” to explain the creation of Lord Ganesh and Karna, respectively.
“Ganesha plastic surgery theory is absurd, except as a metaphor. But Susruta was world’s 1st surgeon,” Tharoor said.