An enquiring mind is one that makes the most breakthroughs to transcend different levels of knowledge. From the earliest civilizations as old as 7000 BC, to modern day science, man has gone from strength to strength, discovery to discovery and equipped himself with knowledge enough for mindboggling sciencecapades like landing on the moon, putting satellites in orbit and decoding several other mysterious abysses. Man has proved time and again that the unthinkable is not impossible. The human mind has a humongous capacity to get intoxicated with the quest for discovery. Some people who could tunnel through the unknown to unravel a few mysteries have gone down in history – Newton for his laws of Gravity, Einstein for his theory of relativity and many more.
This small group of people could well be the salvation of the world. These thinkers who think of and make the impossible possible are who we call scientists or researchers. It doesn’t take a genius to know that such research needs much investment in the form of capital and equipment. Despite having a markedly scientific temperament , Indian scientists have not advanced in areas of research due to well documented factors that have kept India a third world nation.
India has to its credit, a few of the oldest civilizations, dating as long back as 7000 BC. Mehrgarh was situated in the Kacchi Plain of Balochistan now in Pakistan. The inhabitants of this village lived in mud houses and used granaries and tools. Agriculture and livestock was also a way of sustenance. From its remains rose the famous Indus Valley Civilisation. Asians have been adept and congenital scientists since ancient times. Aryabhatta, whose legend is written in a manuscript written in 499 A.D, was a famous mathematician and astronomer. The world in those days had problems going beyond 100 when India was already solving complex mathematical problems. The contribution of zero by the Indian scholars enabled the west to count beyond 1000 with ease. Though reluctant, the Indian number system was accepted throughout the world as word spread. Medicine and healing was another field in which ancient Indians excelled. Some of these practices are still being followed in remote villages of India. The operation for Cataract was pioneered in India by Sushruta in 800 BC.
Technology and development gaps have led to a brain drain in India where all the cream has gone abroad for lack of infrastructure. However India is well on its way to catching up with the immense competition. India’s Mars mission and its first crew capsule designed to carry 2 people into space and put them into low orbit have raised India’s stakes in the world competition. ISRO has become the fourth space agency to reach Mars after Soviet Space Program, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and ESA (European Space Agency). Sundaram Ramakrishnan, director of ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, says that this has gaine some confidence in the module. ISRO created history on February 15, 2017 when they launched 104 satellites in a single launch.
A few words cannot do justice to the enormous field of science and the crusaders who have courageously cut their way through the unknown. The people who have used the fear of the unknown and propelled themselves to reduce the gap between human knowledge and the universe, are the real heroes who do not receive their dues. We in our blissful lives take for granted the toiling and perseverance that went into such advancement.