Tharoor backs Vardhan on algebra's Indian origin

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 05, 2015 01:41 IST

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday supported science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan's remarks that algebra and the Pythagoras' theorem originated in India but others took credit for it, saying "genuine accomplishments" of ancient Indian science should not be debunked due to "exaggerations of the Hindutva brigade".

In a series of tweets, Tharoor said "modernists sneering at" Vardhan "should know he was right" and added that "to mock the credulous exaggerations of the Hindutva brigade you don't need to debunk the genuine accomplishments of ancient Indian science".

He went on to cite articles he had written in the past. "Modernists sneering at @drharshvardhan should know he was right, as I pointed out in 2003," tweeted Tharoor, who was removed last year as a Congress spokesperson for praising PM Modi for his 'Swachh Bharat' campaign.

"Ganesha plastic surgery theory is absurd, except as a metaphor. But Susruta was world's 1st surgeon," he added.

At the inaugural event of the Indian Science Congress on Saturday, Union minister for science and technology Harsh Vardhan had said ancient Indian scientists have graciously allowed scientists from other countries to take credit for their findings.

"Our scientists discovered the Pythagoras theorem, but we... gave its credit to the Greeks. We all know that we knew 'beejganit' much before the Arabs, but very selflessly we allowed it to be called Algebra. This is the base the Indian scientific community has maintained," Vardhan said.

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