Yet another shameful discovery I made today was about the way we treat Ramanujan :
Do you know that it took almost a century after his death, to locate the house where Ramanujan was born ? Thanks to the efforts of Susumu Sakurai, Professor and head, Department of Math, Tokyo University of Science and Technology, and Dr. N. Mani, professor, Government Arts College, Erode, and president, Tamil Nadu Science Forum, the place would have perished and forgotten forever. This happens in a country where we fight tooth and nail for years over building a temple for a mythical person. We have memorials for politicians and scoundrels in every city. We have no place or willingness to remember a scholarly giant who made India proud.
Almost a 100 years after his death, the Indian Government declared that 22 December will be celebrated every year as National Mathematics Day. Even today, many schools in India are not even aware of the significance of 22 December, or the decision by the Govt. of India.
Another shameful discovery I made was about Ramanujan museum, housed in a single room in an obscure corner of Chennai.
Also see my earlier post in WordPress, and the sequel to this sequel.
“The moon will fall on our heads”
I had a remarkably extraordinary experience recently. I received my new
passport within just 3 days of applying for it (applied 10 jan, received 13 jan).
This set me thinking on factors which let this happen. One major contributor
was that my wife and I had our Aadhar card. This definitely made it easier for the authorities to verify my credentials. It then made me wonder about the meaningles fuss being made about the imginary “threats” this card held.
How would you react when someone cries “the moon will fall on our heads” ?
Do you refuse to enter the supermarket, because they have CCTV cameras
watching you and invading your privacy ? Do you protest when the train controller
asks to see your ticket ? Why should he know your private details like name,
age, gender, itinerary ? Do you revolt against xray screening of your baggage,
frisking and whole body scanning at airports ? Did you condemn your postman because he knows your home address and the names of all the people living with you ? Where will this paranoia take you ?
I found yet another logical refutation to the objections raised by the detractors. There is a law in India which allows all citizens of in India access to all information about their Government (RTI). Why should the Government not have access to information about its own citizens who claim the “right to information” ?
Stop being a hinderance to progress. Stop objecting to good ideas because
you have some imaginary nightmares. In this age of terrorism, fraud and threat at
every street corner, is there any justification for not being careful ?
Stop these illogical and silly arguments
PS: Aadhar is a success story of FOSS usage.