What The Ancients Did For Us: The Indians

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What The Ancients Did For Us - The IndiansIndia is one of the oldest and richest civilizations in the world. It is home to the world's first planned cities, where every house had its own bathroom and toilet five thousand years ago. The Ancient Indians have not only given us yoga, meditation and complementary medicines, but they have furthered our knowledge of science, maths - and invented Chaturanga, which became the game of chess.

According to Albert Einstein, they "taught us how to count", as they invented the numbers 1-9 and 'zero', without which there would be no computers or digital age. Unfairly we call this system of counting Arabic numbers - a misplaced credit.

Two thousand years ago the Indians pioneered plastic surgery, reconstructing the noses and ears on the faces of people who had been disfigured through punishment or warfare. They performed eye operations such as cataract removal and invented inoculation to protect their population from Smallpox, saving thousands of lives. (Excerpt from Open Learn)

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  • http://www.reikipathway.com Caroline Rowlands

    I just wanted to say thanks Vlatko. I found your website with its documentary contribution to the internet the other day. Superb. A really positive contribution :) Caroline

  • Atul Bhansali

    This is an excellent video describing the feats of ancient India. Not boasting because I'm an Indian, but because they truly are remarkable for their millennia. I must admit I feel proud to be an Indian.

  • Rupal Bodiwala

    Wow... This is amazing. Being an indian, after seeing this documentary, i realise i know nothing about India. Thanks. I am all charged up after seeing it.

  • Tugrul

    Hi Vlatko. I really admire what you have done. You deserve appreciation more than many. Thanks for your hard work.

  • http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/about/ Vlatko

    Thanks a lot. Appreciate that.

  • Kiran

    Dear sir,

    Thanks a lot for the documentary. Its inspiring.

    Regards
    Kiran

  • http://www.anand-vsiyer.blogspot.com Anand Viswanathan

    This video is very good in its spirit and presentation of sciences in ancient india. The name of the early expert in ayurveda is 'sushruta' and not 'suruta'

  • Waldo

    "What India did for us": would be better put as: "What our brave explorers took home from India".

  • Vasco

    simple documentary but good
    it seems as if the host is doing one of those educative emission for Kid ...with practical example ...
    but still that was a good Doc ..

    Thanks Vlatko ,you really please the documentary Fans ...

    P.s. the Nose surgery was kinda of gross....but did that really work ...hmm~?

  • jane haydon

    Absolutely fascinating! I had no idea India was the real starting place for so much. I love this documentary site, the more I learn, the more I want to know. Wish I had this enthusiasm at school, 59 now and I love learning! Many thanks for this wonderful site.

  • Milton Babb

    Hey, I would like another serving of that please.

  • wanda

    more good knowledge kept out of the "civilized world" by christianity

  • JC Bennett

    Before I write anything else, I just want to say a big "THANK YOU!" to Vlatko for providing these enriching documentaries. You are truly awesome; I think I speak for all of us who have been lucky enough to find this site when I say your generosity is much appreciated.
    Anyway, I love this documentary (so far), but found something pretty funny. Around 6 minutes into it, the older British gentleman tells "a sad story" about the girl who was "never able to marry" (even though she willed it). And yet, he is not wearing a wedding ring and I assume he is not married, either. HA.
    Anyway, thanks again. I'll comment once I'm finished picking through the trivial tidbits I notice. ;)

  • JC Bennett

    This was an enlightening documentary. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that I have much respect for our ancestors. I always mistakenly thought the Arabics created the concept of zero; 'never knew that the Indians created the water clock, either.
    'Such a beautiful, resourceful culture that I believe others took for granted. It's amazing to conceive that, though their brilliance was enough for them (simply to sustain their way of life), it wasn't enough to quell the greed of other imperialist cultures.
    Thanks again for sharing this.

  • Vincent

    Hey man, thank you so much! very inspiring!

  • crawly

    loved this documentary and the many many in this amazing site.....thank you so much sir

  • http://www.denish.com.au Dennis

    On reflection of the resent programe What The Ancients Did For Us: Indians. What do you think India would be like today if the British haddent invaded.

  • lazibonz

    a lot of bad things about the indian culture would still exist e.g the case system(obviously it still exists but it is not as bad as before). all in all if you are in a higher case india would be very pleasant

  • http://www.anand-vsiyer.blogspot.com Anand Viswanathan

    It is not "case" system. It is supposed to be "caste" but that word is also another poor vocabulary match to the varna system. The varna system in its basis is a very good and essential system. It has enabled the Indian society to survive beyond the savage rules of the Mughals and the British. However for the past 2000 years especially, the system has been misused by so-called 'higher' varna people by way of ill treating the others. This fact needs to be corrected. That is what is needed now and not abolition of the varna system.

  • Marcus

    Dennis, To answer your question what would India be like today if not for the British....The answer is simple....The poorest and most ravaged country in the world...Thanks to the British, we came under one flag, one link language through the length and breath of the country not 256 languages and 600 little kingdoms fighting one another. The British gifted India with the railways, The post and telegraph A democratic way of like a good legal and administrative system. The Indian has to thank God for the British if not we would have been like many of the African countries.

  • me

    u forgot the kamasutra, the art of making love,

  • Chris

    @Marcus

    I would like to pint out that your views are false, even without the British occupation, India could still have developed through open trade with Portuguese and Dutch. Open competition could have helped a lot. India only got occupied because it had so much that the British planned for 150 years before completely enslaving India.

    Coming to the case of Africa, it was not until recently that natural resources were discovered. Africa was occupied in the late 19th and early 20th century. India was already a rich nation by the time of occupation, which makes a lot of difference. The only reason to occupy Africa then was to provide safe ports for trade routes between rich India, Latin America and Europe.

  • terryrret

    Absolutely amazing . It seems he just touched the surface. Just a taste of what India gave us. I will have to look for more .
    ps. I'm becoming addicted to this web site . When I go to bed I check my email and watch truly amazing doc's.
    Terry

  • ravi

    Hey @ Marcus, I gather u are a low on self-esteem frustrated Brit(probably English)! No, India would have been a developed country. India was the richest country in the world before the British invaded India! And what did u leave? One of the poorest countries in the world! U created that infrastructure only to keep ur own colony running smoothly, not for the benefit of Indians! India would have traded with European powers other than British and gradually moved to Western ideals just like what the Japanese empire did! That administrative system u are talking about is the only thing holding back India today! Infact everything which u left is still haunting us today like a pain in the ass- like Pakistan!

  • Siva

    Such a nice documentary.

    I just can't help myself from saying "Hate is the evil of everything". No one can deny the fact that British occupied India because of their technology. It was sad that India didn't advance well in that direction.

    After visited/lived in many countries, I believe that the true freedom still exists and reasonably enjoyed only in India. Good that no one marked me in number and tracking the number here. I don't think anyone ask my passport anytime soon in streets.

  • pat

    background music is in nepali

  • siddhu

    Its unfortunate how people demonize British Rule on India. At least they had left few positive legacies , they were able to wipe out the Barbaric Islam rule. It is nomadic Muslims from Middle East that plundered India,butchered the natives, forcibly converted Hindus to Muslims. I can name a lot of mosques,Dargas and other monuments which were once Hindu temples.
    So,its not Britishers that one has to demonize but its the nomadic, barbarious,evil Muslims from harsh Arabian Deserts that raped India.

  • anuragawasthi

    The most important things Indians did for us is that even though they were ruled by muslims for over 700yrs they faced atrocities and paid a tax known as Jizya,only hindus were required to pay for it.but they somehow retained their culture and religion otherwise jus imagine we would have 120crs + extra muslims in this world.

    The entire Iran became muslim in just 14yrs and egypt in just 3yrs and other host of countries that embraced islam but somehow Indians resisted it

  • unplug

    @ Siddu
    I suppose letting thousends starve to death while the British took all the rice and grane was good for India? When the British stopped slaving in Africa they went straight to India for slaves. You have a lot of people of Indian decent in the west indies, decendents of slave brought there by the British (that was great for Indians) Ghandhi stood up to the British Empire because he had nothing better to do. Right

  • http://twitter.com/PRINCEOFMADRAS SAJITH BABU

    HI THE CASTE SYSTEM WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, ONLY THING NOBODY BELONGED TO A PARTICULAR CASTE BY BIRTH BUT ONLY BY KARMA-WHEN A CHILD WAS BORN THE MOM WOULD SHOW THE FATHER THE FATHER THE GURU ( CALLED PARAMHAMS-NOT THE FALSE ONES YOU FIND TODAY) AND THE GURU WOULD GUIDE THE CHILD TO GOD-THATS THE GURUKUL SYSTEM - HENCE THE GURU WOULD AFTER SOME PERIOD DETERMINE THE BRAHAMINS ( THE LEARNED ), KHSATRIYAS (KINGS OR KNIGHTS), VAISHYAS( BUSINESS CLASS ), SUDRAS( WORKING OR COMMON CLASS) BUT LATER ON THE BRAHAMINS AND KHASTRIYAS CLEAVERLY CONVERTED IT INTO BY BIRTH-HENCE DUE TO THEIR ATROCITIES CAME BUDDHISM,JAINISIM,CHRISTINATIY, ISLAM AND OTHER RELIGIONS-

  • Didi M. Littlejohn

    If most of the African countries were allowed to develop alone outside of the effects of colonialism and the "apartheid"/racist caste systems create whilst Europeans invaded these countries... these countries general populations would be a lot more prosperous today. To add to that , because of the white supremacy attitudes and black inferiority propaganda spread to this day... in addition to exclusionary global trade policies against African countries , African countries and many other developing countries fates are intertwined with European interests and disinterests. You can say they were" primitive" but they are richest in resources & assets and could have chosen to participate in modern advances on their own.

  • Hemant Bansal

    One more addition.. .which was used throughout documentary but not mentioned... its soothing music which acts directly on soul. Because music is not materialistic, its comparison and appreciation by all is almost impossible.

  • Praveen Kapur

    Please get the history straight. Yes the British gave us all you said, but they also left the country poor by looting it for their own good and also separating it. And yes there would have been many states as you say if it were not for Sardar Patel, who forced the kings to give in...Something that was done a 1000 years ago by Chanakya (and no Sardar Patel was no Chanakya).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O3EUCLDZZCH32ELVPMM2Z2W5L4 rkarthi

    Indian paid for these for there varnasarama dharma. On this they lost everything expect religion. Because india living religion(hindu) of love . one more thing india learned little from 1000 year roles of foreigner.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O3EUCLDZZCH32ELVPMM2Z2W5L4 rkarthi

    One request to know more about india please dont read foreign authors book. Please read Swami Vivekannada lecture Kolambu to almora . You can know more about india not only in religion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nishith-Shetty/629396262 Nishith Shetty

    Templess ? Most Beautifull Temples Demolished By Moghals Buddy

  • Zen_baba

    Dear Shettre..
    Why cling onto textbook induced xenophobia?? there was no democracy , kings where absolute powers whether moghals or not..some were tyrants some weren't .. ever wondered how buddhism vanished from India?? and who destroyed all those wonderful buddhist temples? since the 8th century india has been under the rule of moslem dynasties and yet 12 centuries later india is still primarily Hindu.. ever wondered why?? let not the limits be set on our mind by the system that surrounds our nurture...

  • Rishikant Brahmpuria

    For all those that think britishers helped india with railways postage and new technology look here ----> CHINA , britishers were never here, do they lack the new technologies ?!?!??!
    Britishers helped with nothing, they looted india.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J7BBEIJ3YVH4LNVPSFA2SP4EJU ksh ammo

    Dear Zen baba,
    What exactly are you trying to say ?? That hindus/Indians destroyed buddhist structures, and not the invaders??You are a little unfair in saying that this is xenophobia.
    King Harsha was follower of some Hindu gods, and mainly a Buddhist, and this is the golden period of Indian History.Ashoka,his motifs adorn the current indian symbols,be it political or military.

    Have you been to Ajanta and ellora,countless other caves and viharas..?? or Jain sites of Shrawan begauda..or Mount Abu..>>?? i guess not. Nothing is destroyed. And there were stupas and caves or monasteries (viharas) for buddhist patronage not temples then.

    and when you say there are no buddhist in India,its not due to force, it happened gradually from 700~to 1200 AD..it was for practical and reasons of day to day affairs. The monastic approach,pennance and enlightnment did not fit in the peoples want to work, earn a living,have a family or similar to that. Hinduism in these times had become practical, and straightforward.

    and If you study the pattern of muslim conquest you will see the the gradual increase of force from the west , and decline of buddhism.( this is my theory that to uphold their respective empires, a faith was required that could bind. the people.their way of life/culture and their patriotic passion together.and since buddhism/their followers in those times was very peace loving/non violent) [ a parallel can be drawn

    see the pattern of destruction of the somnath temple ,and you will noticce how the raiders grew in strength.

    People have come to india from around India and far for a long time,be it conquest or migration and its the Indian way of life to accomodate everyone,because once they come they become part of India and its legacy.Kambhojas,huns the Scythians,greeks etc etc

    But never before the muslim conquest or english for that matter the indian subcontinent had to live with the religion/way of life originatining very far from the subcontinent and totally different to what existed here at those times.

    SO YOUR POINT OF TRYING TO GET A COMPARABLE IN DECLINE OF BUDDHISM with 'unrealistic' xenophobia is totally unjustified.

    To stress my total neutral assessment of the whole scenario, I unedrstand History is cruel and unforgiving.To know it and accept it is the only way forward.Maybe you disagree with many things I say, but to conclude I will say....

    That the beauty of our country in accomodating many many foreign people, like I mentioned above ,also muslims,parsis, even pportuguese,english or the french. who came for trade conquest or whatever and Making all of them belong to the land not foreigners anymore is ODE to India..

    To each his own is our underlying way of thinking.

    advaita,dwaita,artha,nirvana,ekomkar,pak..

    There are temples mosques stupas,jain temples,churches,(few synagogues),gurudwaras, fire temple,there are gujratis,punjabis,bengolis,nagas,tamils..oh ....

    how can we be anything but impressed with this holy union or belief,philosophy expression and life.

    I glad to be born in India, if I get a next life, I dont mind being born as hindu muslim ,a tree or even a moth..hope its in India.

    Cheers
    K

  • Sunil Purohit

    thank you marcus for ENLIGHTENING us!
    waiting for you all come back and give something again.
    by the what fees you all charge -a CIVILISATION?

  • Ojaswi Kavuri

    True, the British have given us the Railways, abolished Sati and numerous other horrible practices(including the various measures they took to TRY and reform the Caste System). And, if you see the wider view, then they've given to us the English Language and Cricket(Just had to mention it here ^_^). But what's the cost of all that? All of the above would have happened eventually, anyway... along with the rest of the world, due to Globalization. They plundered the wealth of the country, destroyed the wildlife(almost made Tigers extinct due to hunting...:O), looted it immeasurably(Tsk..tsk...The Kohinoor Diamond would be a perfect and a cliche example, wouldn't it?), left millions of people impoverished(The Great Famine that happened during the 1800's) and finally when they realized that there was nothing more left to squander or loot, they packed their bags, waved a 'Ciao' and sailed away merrily to their tiny island in Western Europe. Oh, and not before partitioning the country into India and Pakistan(which might have been a good thing on their part...).

    "The Indian has to thank God for the British if not we would have been like many of the African countries." >___ Our Beloved Wikipedia!

    Aren't the above historical facts a little too conflicting with your 'theory'? =_=

    "The poorest and most ravaged country in the world..."
    The British did leave India in such a position. The Goverment had to clean up the mess that they had created. India did progress a long way from then, don't you think? (:

    P.S-> Also, I DO NOT bear any resentment towards the British. Apparently, their Spanish and Portuguese counterparts were worse colonizers...more ruthless towards the natives.( Though I'm not sure about these facts at all).
    And, I don't believe that you're an Indian. Because no matter how much we(Indians) denigrate India, we still defend our country against others. Atleast I know I do.(True story..heehee! xD)

    "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt" - Abraham Lincoln.
    A piece of Advice-->I'd do that if I were you. (:

    Oh, and about the video...it is quite informative actually. India does have a long history of Science and Mathematics...which reminds me...I have my 12th Math Final Exam in a couple of days! Aishhh! T_T'
    Better get studying!

  • Ojaswi Kavuri

    Partly True.

  • paradoxe

    Before the Europeans arrived in India. India was much more literate and wealthier than the Europeans...
    The divide was huge..ie the Indians' knowledge of maths, science was far superior than the invaders'..Even Pythagoras learnt his Maths in India.. the oldest two universities in the world were in ancient India..
    Francois Voltaire (1694) Oppenheimer,Albert Einstein,Roger Pol Droit. and many many others have paid homage to Indias contribution to European knowledge in the ancient world....
    Sad,Indians dont know this...
    The drainage systems that were used in ancient India was used in Europe ,two thousand years later....

    Other races..dont put themselves down like the Indians do..Such a mystery..Feng shui, martial arts..came from India..
    The western number system known as Arab Numerals inc zero and infinity..sine cosine..pie..are all from India..but already claimed by others because Indians are busy fighting each other...

  • paradoxe

    India..was also a colonist in Asia..they built Angkor Wat..many buildings in Thailand (which means mother land in TAmil)..much of the languages and literature in South East Asia ..heavily influenced by the Ancient Dravidians of India..

  • Ajay Sabarish

    yes indians only taught science maths medicine and martial arts(kalarippayattu) and another astonishing information indians have used nuclear weapons and even more advanced weapons a million years ago(nuclear strategy in ramayana)

  • Ajay Sabarish

    extremely true they are now very advanced and stand next to america, they only communism but india follows democracy but what is the use, we have to really work hard to bring the past glory of india

  • Ajay Sabarish

    yes many temples were destroyed, even rama's birthplace in ayodhya and krishna's birthplace in mathura was destroyed by mughals but all mughals were not like that ,akbar was a great mughal who treated hindus muslims equally.

  • Ajay Sabarish

    gandhi was the only person in the world who fought for another country.

  • http://twitter.com/Animesis Tommi M Lewis

    Yes they were, Hong Kong amonst other regions, which Britain turned into the Wealthiest place on the planet. For almost a century HK was the richest place on earth qith NO resources, while China next door with masses of resources was in pennery.
    Lets look at places the British went, China, India, Canada, US, NZ, AUS, Falklands, Bermuda, Egypt, South Africa, and more, whats common? They are the wealthiest, healthiest parts on earth. And as to the US which became independant earlier, what major difference? A shambles of a healthcare system, and a Union that monitors peoples phone calls, -soon internet?!- and monetry transactions.

  • http://twitter.com/Animesis Tommi M Lewis

    Britain united it in the first place. Before the British you would have gone by your Kingdom not Country of India, and the partition was due to the inadequacy of religions to live together without someone telling them not to fight.

  • Mac Moy

    HK's monetary rise was do to their ideally placed location for trade --which is exactly why the British forced its ceding to themselves. This is also true of Singapore, which, before the British, was also a major port of trade.

    If you want to talk about where the British went, you'd also be wise to add countries like: Sudan, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Sierra Lionne, Cameron, Nigeria, Algeria, Iraq, etc. You can't just cherry-pick the one's that did well.

    Not to mention, the places that are doing "well" (Canada, Australia, NZ, USA) experienced major cataclysmic genocides of aboriginal people. Magic! An entire continent or two can be opened up and the wealth shared more broadly among colonizers! Hideous.

  • Mac Moy

    Also, you need not look further than Ireland to see what the British Empire's true effects were: they stripped the population of control, took their food, and let them starve in startling numbers when they made more than adequate levels to feed themselves. The population of Ireland has still to return to pre-potato-famine levels.

  • Mac Moy

    Britain united India with two other countries to weaken it. They did the same in Iraq and Nigeria, where disparate ethnic and religious groups were pushed together so as to weaken the people's independence there when they "let" them have it after the major upheavals of the mid-20th century. This allowed the UK to continue exploiting their ex-colonies vis-a-vis their strong (and exploitative colonial) ties with these countries. This effect continues today.

  • Mac Moy

    Outside of scripture, what material proof is there of this? Humanity didn't even exist one million years ago, let alone the "Indians" (Hindus is a more accurate term for what you're saying).

  • http://twitter.com/Rahulvontari Rahul Vontari

    what crap. "partition was due to inadequacy of religions to live together without telling them not to fight " Did it succeed? look at India and Pakistan now. How about all the 700 years before arrival of British in India ... how many religions did India have? did they fight? yes. So what difference did it make. British just put on more salt of the wound. British could not control Hitler and his hatred of one religion, how can control or even have say without any experience in religious conflicts in India. History books in UK might have been written for sake of Nationalistic movement and self pride, does it mean that its true?

    India was united during the times of King Ashoka, and some of the Mughal kings. British achieved it too and also like kings before divided it again. This time into India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar...

    And At least India goes with name called India now. Where as UK is still a Kingdom. If it was not for British, India would have been called as Hindustan. No difference.

    What British gave to India is English Language. I think it is grateful for that.

  • Ujjwal Kislay

    India existed when nothing existed....humanity and civilisation spread from here to all world...we were GREATEST..time changed and we lost all...but cycle of time is complete now..we will gain back our rightful place...and lead humanity.India had kings so great in past they could have won entire world in glimse...but hinduism is about peace,tolerance and very high thinking that westerner never understood...
    few commented that india was imperial in SE asia..well guys better take history lesson...hindus never invaded anyone in history ...our knowledgfe spread everywhere through trade only and they learnt and follwed us...and for british rule that it gave something...its absurd...planned propaganda of west started from time of macaulay...they theft all our wealth and are still running on it..otherwise briatain was quite poor...entire europe is having fun from resourses they looted from india,africa and south americans.
    Great alexander came winning everywhere but failed to defeat mere Porus who was very weak ruler of india...magadh was 100 time stronger than porus..had alexander moved ahead, he must have met doom better he ran away back...we discoverd mathematics,astrology,medicine science and wrote epic literature when europeans were cavemen and knew nothing else hunting....

  • devlinwaugh

    Ok i respect idians and there long and glorious history,in part i am of somewhat a buddhist in belief, all the parts except god..I know india contributed to the worlds rich and wonderful rise in education of the planet but i have a problem with.
    .
    humanity and civilisation spread from here to all world (WRONG)

    Real answer = Humanity was show from early neanderthals who cared for the sick and old.

    India had kings so great in past they could have won entire world in glimse...but hinduism is about peace,tolerance and very high thinking that westerner never understood..(wrong)

    Indian rulers were known to pillage wealth from trade caravans and kill the merchants or traders along the silk road.They made a major mistake after stealing a second caravan from the Hun resulting in a bloody massacre of indian land and people for there nievity dishonest behavior and slightly childish shallow pompous false sense of power.

    Indias educational system is based on a western style system the rich have private education and the poor get some if no education.

    Child abuse maiming children so they can beg on the street,child prostitution and enslavement to religious orders etc etc.

    I am not having a go just pointing out that you need to open your eyes from the opposing side before you comment on anything,this is wisdom i learnt in the western world but with your reasoning we have lower thought patterns and synapse response. This is absolute rubbish and drivel i am very happy you are proud of your race and culture but your ignorance is not tolerable in our low thinking western world.

  • sachka

    Fist of all, Hitler came to power thanks to the British aristocracy & US industrials who were far more preoccupied by the rise of Stalin's communist Russia (dangerous to their capitalistic appetite); Secondly, Hitler's ideology was ethic/race hatred, not religion.

  • devlinwaugh

    If i offend you with truth then you need to revise your own concepts of self,but i did not think that facts would hurt a wise and enlightened human no matter what creed race or colour.If you say you are a proud person that in itself is a flaw and nothing good has come from pride.I offer these words from a wise and enlightened westerner,and by the way my first love at school was an Indian girl who stuck a pencil into my arm i was 6,i certainly am not an Indian hater.I do not see creed race or colour i just see wonderment and cultures i spend many hours reading in amazement and wishing i could spend a life time in each one and all the eras.

  • Crab_Nebula

    Nothing good comes from EGO.. You're hoping the person preparing your next meal takes PRIDE in their creation. Pride/Ego 2 different things.

  • Crab_Nebula

    Why do people from India get so excited about making a right turn on red in the US highway transportation system where its allowed? They want to simply run the light (common sense says stop / look and be cautious). If you try explain about the cross traffic having a green and the potential deadly accident your met with a blank stare. Or a phony "Yes, yes" and they keep on trying to kill someone or themselves? I wouldn't have asked, but I've just seen this so consistently.

  • devlinwaugh

    A person who cooks food takes care to make the meal nice,pride is what the individual takes from preparing the food thus being a selfish and egotistical emotion.

  • devlinwaugh

    you want to try driving in other country's,It is crazy in Paris Spain and Italy also.In India itself the traffic system has one rule keep to your side of the road everything else is a free for all,and the first rule can be ignored if you so please lol.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FGAIE3Y4SESKNUNZ5SG5UKVWZU Holy

    on what basis have you come up with these numbers ? Aren't Americans breaking laws ?

  • Crab_Nebula

    So ultimately we agree... it's really just confusion over Semantics. I use the word 'Pride ' to describe what you indicate as "takes care"..
    The will to do good. the feeling of satisfaction over a job you gave your best to.
    To over indulge in this feeling..to begin to manipulate situations for this feeling, the will to be self-centered or selfish is the Ego at work.
    Among other things.
    But hey, I'm no F'ing Buhddist as" Bjork" would say. Peace.

  • Alena_SC

    United under Ashoka and the Mughal empire? Pretty sure the Islamic Mughal "oppression" was used by Hindutva political parties like the BJP as a way of mobilising the Hindus in the fight for an ethnically pure and homogenous Hindustan. India was not "united" by the Asoka, it was just controlled.

  • mark antony

    Zeb Baba, Hindus didn't destroy the Buddhist temples. Why should Indians had to do that. The Buddha himself was an Hindu. He was born in the Ikshvaku dynasty which Sri Rama and other great Indians were born. His teachings came from the core of Sanadhana Dharma. India became mostly Buddhist at some point in the past because Ashoka the Great. But Sri Adi Sankara Acharya. travelled throughout India held debates with Budhist monks, convinced them that vedic way of living is great. So almost all Buddhist became the followers of Sanadhana dharma again. It was the muslim invaders destroyed all the great Indian achievements, including the great universities of Thaxashila and Nalanda. India was far superior in culture, knowledges like science that includes all most all the modern science that we know today like maths, physics, chemistry, medicine,astronomy, metallurgy, warfare you name it. And spiritual, astrology, tantra, mantra and that goes on and on. So all of a sudden India fell behind. And under muslim rule India actually fell far far behind over the years as no research happened and the destruction of the the almost entire knowledge. Same happened when the westerners came. But luckily for India that put an end to the heinous islamic rule. Now it's time for India to grow again and to regain it's past glory.

  • mark antony

    Thank you Britain, at least you didn't harm Hinduism much. Even though in the beginning you tried but later realizing the greatness and importance of Hinduism you left Hinduism alone. You actually admired and learned a lot from Hinduism that helped you to rule much of the world along with the wealth that you looted from India. That is a secret. But the most important thing is you saved Hinduism from barbarian muslims. India can regain all the material wealth that it has lost due to the looting of the foreigners. Except The Syamanthaka or the kohinoor diamond. that is priceless. India will regain it's lost glory in the coming years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bappanad Karthik Bappanad

    This documentary was done without consulting a true Indologist....seems quite kiddish. The bottomline is simple (and is what is missing from the BBC documentary) - ancient Indian scientists were saints. Spiritual intelligence is the ultimate intelligence.

  • Akashdip Baraiya

    Well how about 30000 years ago...

  • Madan Mohan

    What material proof you have to say the Humanity did not exist a million years ago. Darwin's theory it self is contentious and half of scientific society is not in favor of it. By the way do you call putting humans as food to hungry lions and watch the pity of them (as if soccer) is CIVILIZATION.

    Europeans never seen the rest of the Advanced Civilizations from their perspective. Instead they always looked from European perspective, made assumptions. To make them reality, they destroyed all the proofs. Best examples are Indian & Mayan Civilization.

  • Madan Mohan

    Excellent... unfortunately the Westerners still don't open their eyes and dreaming their Grandfathers civilized the world!! Yes they civilized the world the European way, killing the most advanced civilizations.

  • Nick Sant Nicola

    When Lord Krsna left the earth Kali YUga entered, a degraded era will continue for many many years, India can again become great if it regains its Spiritual power... not in trying to imitate the West in competitive industrialization [this is what's killing the West]. Long live Sanath Dharma [reality= eternity, bliss and knowledge] ] , Vedic Religion & Sastras !!!

  • ram niwas

    If ancient India was so advanced that they had nuclear weapons then why did they not know simple thing like writing?.
    why did they not leave us a recording of themselves like a dvd?
    why don't we find their imprints on nearby planets and the moon?.
    why were they restricted to small cities instead of living all over earth?.
    I guess its time to cut the BS and accept the history like a rational human.

  • Rajesh Kumar.

    Most of them have been destroyed by persian invasion and later by imperial England

  • Balasubramanian S

    Also by Mughal Empire...

  • testerr4u .

    We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made
    By
    Einstein

    well Mr.Ram nivas....
    you must be brilliant than Einstein or 1 hell of a Dumm A**

  • Terry Beaton

    You seem like a rather odd person to be watching educational documentaries. Or were you looking for the war stuff? Keep looking.

  • http://cgmagia.blogspot.com/ Rahul Thube

    They know how to write as the oldest book is Rig veda , they use brain for recalling each event in history because of strong brain so why need a dvd , hmm thats the fault of american , they did .0001 % of exploration ,duffer, Hindus temples found all over world , hmm u seem to be ignorant not a rationalist rationalist believes in facts which is ur avoiding here .u must be follower of cult of ignorance , a pseudo religious m*ron .

  • Arvind Kumar Srivastava

    Indonesia is an example where All the Buddhist culture has been destroyed by Muslims. Till 60s it was Budhhist country but the poverty turned them towards Islam but after that they become more poor.

  • Annalene

    Get over yourself, every nation has it's demons and others to blame for
    their circumstances. Look at Japan they were almost wiped out I have
    NEVER heard them blaming others ! Get off your a**es and do something
    about it ! A place to start: Don't rape little girls and hang them from
    trees, traffic OMG try creating or "invent" something to get structure
    back, and last but not least, STOP breeding like rabbits! Even an
    animal knows when circumstance are not favorable to propagate!

  • lechaise

    With all due respect, there's very little evidence of the BRITISH empire destroying Hindu temples, the majority of temples were destroyed during the sislamification of India and had been crried out way before the British even started to expand within the sub-continent. In the few examples where temples had been attacked by the British, it was when those buildings were being used as bases against British rule, which makes the building no more or less as a target than any other building, and therefore not specifically targeted purely because it was a temple, as your comment would suggest. Try googling "destruction of hindu temples" and see how many links you get through before the British are even mentioned and to the 11 who "liked" this post, shame on you for not reseaching before agreeing with this. Use your brains.

  • TiP

    lol

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    lol

  • TiP

    Wtf

  • TiP

    No English

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    No English

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    lol

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    lol

  • Deepika Goyal

    maybe they dint destroyed our temples. but they destroyed all our texts that contained so many things about science and stuff, they destroyed nalanda university which was worlds largest university. so dont try to defend britishers ..

  • Bharati_shahida

    A colonizer is when others' land is seized and occupied and the invader has more rights than the original inhabitants. There is no record of Bharati folks/kings mistreating SE Asians or treating them as inferior. Indian travelers? Yes, colonizers? No. ( AFAIK)

  • Bharati_shahida

    At that time, especially after a Victorian education, he did not know what the British were actually doing: looting, enslaving and degrading India. His greatness lies not in being born perfect but in learning where his knowledge/beliefs were wrong, recognizing the lies UK fed him about their rule and black people and emerging compassionate

  • Bharati_shahida

    Yes over pop is India's problem, truly the only internal problem. UK exported its poor, its criminals and its unwanted to countries where they killed the locals, thrived and created/imposed their own culture.

    Japan agreed not to blame the west, gave their bio warfare experts to the US, and avoided war crime trials for some. Most of its young have not been taught much about Hiroshima.... as part of the peace agreement.

  • Bharati_shahida

    One link language? English is spoken by very very few and they can speak mainly to each other. English speakers rarely know any Indian language or history well and are usually strangers to India's problems.

    `Your comment reads like one educated by the British as to what natives should be taught. It is not based on reality.

    Do read Churchill's Secret War or research Life expectancy during the Raj for starters.

    Most Indian kings were managing their kingdoms well as described by most travelers and they supported culture. India was considered wealthy....

    Europe too was busy infighting....

  • Bharati_shahida

    Their railways were meant for themselves and to move troops and goods to ports. Sati was NOT common. Read Dowry Murders by Dr Oldenburg. There were no dowry deaths before colonization.

  • Bharati_shahida

    There was a land called Bharat long before, mentioned historically and repeatedly. UK created Partition and the US wanted Kashmir as payment for helping the Allies.

  • Bharati_shahida

    About ONE % speaks it well and acts as if it is the elite.

  • Bharati_shahida

    Steel was first invented in Tanzania

  • saurabh mishra

    Yeah i agree Britishers did not destroyed Indian culture, infect they tries to preserve it and used it, he main harm was done by Mugals , they not only destroyed temples , they ablaze our universities like Taxila and Nalanda , we have one one the oldest universities with bulk of knowledge but those killer invaders burn our text kill our scholastic people, when americans were building hardward mugals here building taj mahal , what a rouge they were. Britishers not only saved our text but translated them , they are still doing more research on old Indian script and sanskrit.

  • ajay

    first thing i would like to say is not only india but entire world was advanced,every nation had advanced technologies.second no dvd's can live for 10000 years.and what do you mean by imprints,there is no life possible in nearby planets and moon.but anyway aliens may have visited earth(devas and asuras may be aliens).and vedas,gita were composed in that era.this is not the first time humans are living in this planet .as according to vedas,earth will be destroyed at the end of kali yuga and universe will be destroyed after one day of bhrahma.bhrahma would sleep for one day(day of bhrahma) and again create this universe.this theory is currently accepted by scientific world.

  • ajay

    what do you mean by material proof?do you want me to show you an airplane and nuclear weapon?according to my belief(and vedic theory) world ended in a nuclear warfare,and this causes decaying of objects.according to big bang theory universe expands and contracts,so how can you say humanity didn't exist before one million years.and moreover clearly understand the vedic point of view ,earth has been created and destroyed several times,after 4.32 million years ago,earth will be destroyed and be created again.(remember age of dinosaurs was 4 million years ago).now after one day of bhrahma(roughly 300 billion years) universe will be destroyed and recreated after another 300 billion years.now from this we can easily say that after 4.32 lakh years earth will be destroyed.

  • atanu nath

    When did British destroy Nalanda and our texts ? You know many of our ancients achievements through the archaeological search done by British. We lost it because of many reasons, first off knowledge was restricted within the Brahmin community and so most of the population of the country was ignorant and hence when Moghuls invaded us and destroyed our universities, most of the records were lost. It's the Britishers who started the investigation, started to study Sanskrit started to dig deep and they discovered our ancient glory and made these things popular ! Britishers weren't that generous they did oppressed us but if they didn't come we probably would still be trapped in our caste system, sati dah, etc etc !