I don't agree that ancient India was a repository of all knowledge. We had extensive knowledge of mathematics; fairly good knowledge of astronomy; and some knowledge of theoretical physics. That's it.
And this knowledge was hoarded by the elite. The majority didn't know Sanskrit.
I did not mention of “All knowledge” which I understand is always being created and evolved. The knowledge level at that time was one of the highest of that times. Evidenced by the vast amount of literature surviving. Soorya sidhanta is one of them.
Of course knowledge was handled in a way different than now. That is a different issue.
25/05/2023, 21:50 - The concept of the universe as known to the layman was different from what is mentioned in the astronomical texts. They still believed in a flat earth with celestial bodies moving about in the sky.
This was not "common knowledge" - this was the work of some people detached from society. The society had no scientific temper.
25/05/2023, 21:52 - This is a wrong understanding. The flat earth was a western premodern concept.
There is no flat universe concept in Indian literature
25/05/2023, 21:53 - Europeans took time to understand the spherical nature of earth and planets.
But we’ll described in our texts as golas.
25/05/2023, 21:54 - Indian literature talks about many "talas" - atalam, sutalam, patalam - these are possible only with a flat earth
25/05/2023, 21:55 - This is not the scientific knowledge I am referring to.
25/05/2023, 21:55 - : Maybe astronomers had the correct idea. But not the society
25/05/2023, 21:55 -: Indian society had no scientific temper
25/05/2023, 21:56 - : And socially, it was one of the most backward. One just has to read the Manusmriti to understand that
25/05/2023, 21:56 - : The society not always have scientific ideas clearly. Did anybody in layman level know string theory now. But that is the latest theory in scientific community
25/05/2023, 21:57 - : What a pity. This was systematically destroyed by the invaders.
25/05/2023, 21:58 -: No need.
Our educational institutions were the most sought after in those times.
25/05/2023, 21:59 -: I am not speaking politics. Only science and technology. That is why social aspects need not be discussed
25/05/2023, 22:00 - But just for the record, I don't believe in science and technology separate from society
25/05/2023, 22:01 - : Good night
25/05/2023, 23:26 - *: So that I can start ! Indians, Chinese and Arabs were in the forefront of such scientific pursuits and achievements. But history and therefore, science has its turns and chruns. All these civilizations has their share of religious thought-changes which focussed more in after-life than valuing life on earth. Add the impact of industrial revolution in the western hemisphere with a coupling of state and religion, and an easy go lucky attitude in after life. The successive plunder of these civilizations by imperialist powers led not only to the erosion of material wealth and wellbeing, but also had to face the onslaught of their civilisational values. So the need to lumber in the glories of the past, it's magnanimity and not refusing to accept and import the new sciences and it's advancement had its severe impact. Despite such past glories, we have a lot to catch up and time is running against us. We need to put in place what is required for the next century and more, which is severally lacking since last few decades, save in some selected spheres. Irrespective of the scientific and honest truth about the past, we need to start living and working towards a possible future. And for this scientific temper, as enshrined in the Constitution is a must and in all spheres of governance and public affairs.