“The Indian history has been pushed back by over 1,200 years and distorted by foreign historians and it’s time to rediscover and assimilate what has been lost,” opined V. Lakshmikantham in his address at a lecture organised by Centre for Policy Studies in association with Gayatri Vidya Parishad here on Tuesday.
A mathematician by profession, an expert in non-linear analysis and one who has spent over four decades as Director of Florida Institute of Technology, USA, Prof. Lakshmikantham has worked for over 35 years to gather facts on Indian history.
According to him, the projection given by William Jones on Maurya Chandragupta is wrong. Basing on astronomical facts and non-linear analysis he has come to the conclusion that the reign of Gupta Chandragupta has been ousted from the annals of Indian history and Maurya Chandragupta lived during 1534 BC instead of 327 BC as pointed out by Jones. “The Indian history has been shortened by over 1,200 years. The western historians point out that Buddha lived during 563 -483 and Adi Shankara lived during 788 – 820 AD. But as per mathematical calculations on astronomical facts, Buddha’s period was 1887- 1807 BC and Shankara’s period was 509- 477 BC,” he said.
The mathematician pointed out that the study of Sanskrit would open up large layers of literature and history and so it should be made compulsory at school and college levels.
“The removal of Sanskrit from the curriculum was catastrophic. The young generation should learn the language to know the authentic history of India. The classical Greek literature has about 30,000 manuscripts, whereas, Sanskrit has over 30 million manuscripts and only half-a-per cent of it has been published,” he said.
Apart from publishing several papers on mathematics, the professor has written three books on Indian history: ‘What India should know’, ‘This is our history’ and ‘The origin and history of mathematics’. The books have been co-authored by J. Vasundhara Devi and S. Leela.
Prof. Lakshmikantham was introduced to the gathering by Prof. Vasundhara Devi. The Director of Centre for Policy Studies A. Prasanna Kumar and Secretary of GVP P. Somaraju spoke.