During the 1965 Indo-Pak War, the tiny Gnat manufactured by the
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. chased away the powerful bombers supplied by
the United States of America to Pakistan.
Sri C.V. Raman won the Noble Prize for Physics. Indian scientists, technologists and
teachers are working in different parts of the world.
We have the Hindustan Machine Tools Ltd., which manufactures machines which
When we think of such facts, we feel overjoyed. We feel confident that we shall equal
Western nations in the 20th century.
But suppose we knew nothing of modern science, medicine and engineering?
How difficult it would be for us to compete with countries like America, Russia, Japan
Suppose we had to depend upon foreigners to teach subjects like English, Physics,
Chemistry, Biology and Engineering-all subjects, except Samskrita (Sanskrit) and Kannada
in our colleges! How much more difficult it would have been for us!
About 150 years ago, only Sanskrit and Persian were taught in our schools. There were
very few to tell us anything about Western Science. But even they were in English. And our
people did not know English.
It was the great Raja Rammohan Roy, who realized that India would be a backward
country, if her people did not learn English, Mathematics and Science. He spent his own
money and started a college to teach English and Science.
That is why he is called the Maker of Modern India.
He had a high regard for India and Hinduism and was proud of them.