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.
Where ignorance is bliss ….
To live in India is to notice with great despair, the ignorance of people about one of the greatest gifts GOD gave them. The indifference to achievements of their own fellow countrymen is one reason why this country has not yet made the progress it could have made. A shining, or rather shameful, example is the case of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematical genius whom the world, except Indians, celebrate.
I happen to know a lot of learned people from the academic community, many of whom pretend to be gurus of mathematics. I am yet to meet a person, who can give a satisfactory answer to the question “what exactly is the field of mathematics to which Ramanujan contributed ?” I have often watched with despair, anger and frustration, these ignoramuses fumble and blush as they spurt out meaningless guesses.
Almost a 100 years after his death, the Indian Government declared that 22 December will be celebrated every year as National Mathematics Day. The then Indian Prime Minister also declared that the year 2012 would be celebrated as the National Mathematics Year.
Better late than never : Let us discover Ramanujan now .
PS: Also see the sequel to this shameful experience.