From Inventing Ink To Flush, These Inventions By Indians Changed The Course Of History

Inventions that will make you go 'I didn't know that!'  

From Inventing Ink To Flush, These Inventions By Indians Changed The Course Of History
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Is necessity the mother of all inventions? Well, this can be validated from the list of inventions by Indians here. From being the thinkers behind the concept of shampoo to developing the complete knowledge of Ayurveda to the game of Chess, Indians have been witty, always. We have had great masterminds like physician Sushruta, C.V. Raman, Aryabhattam among others. 

Some of the inventions are stumbled upon by accident, and some are a result of toil. The Indian culture and heritage are so wide and replete that to fulfill a lot of purposes, there were a number of inventions.

The discoveries and inventions are from the genres of metallurgy, genetics, mathematics, games, lifestyle, and health. It is widely known that Indians invented Zero, the concept of trigonometry and were also the ones to find water on the Moon.

Have a look at the intentions and be enlightened by the classic path-breaking history of India.

#1. Buttons

#1. Buttons

From ornamental buttons being used in the Indus Valley Civilisation to the present day usage of fastening, buttons had been first used by Indians. The first traces date 5000 years back, in Mohenjo-daro.

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#2. Shampoo

#2. Shampoo
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In ancient India, a number of herbs and their extracts were used for cleansing hair. Over the years we have got what we now call as shampoo. The word 'Shampoo' is derived from chāmpo (चाँपो). Initially, dried Indian gooseberries popularly referred to as 'amla' was used for shampooing.

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#3. Fibonacci series

#3. Fibonacci series
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India had been blessed with great mathematicians. The Fibonacci sequence was first described by Virahanka, Gopāla and Hemachandra, mainly as an outgrowth of the earlier writings on Sanskrit prosody by Pingala.

#4. Plastic surgery

#4. Plastic surgery
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You will be surprised, but it is true. Plastic surgery was carried out by Indians, as early as 2000 BCE. The surgeon Sushruta mainly contributed to this technique.

#5. Ink

#5. Ink
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In earlier times, the source of carbon pigment was used as ink in India. It was obtained by burning substances such as tar and pitch. As early as 4th century BC, India is using ink.

#6. Flush toilets

#6. Flush toilets
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Coming over to the field on construction, Indians used flush toilets in the ancient cities of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa.

#7. The zero symbol

#7. The zero symbol
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Although the Babylonians used zero to indicate absence, in 500 AD Aryabhata again gave a new symbol for zero (0).

#8. Fibre Optics

#8. Fibre Optics
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Dr Narendra Singh Kapany is widely recognised as the 'Father of Fibre Optics'. He has done a pioneering work in the field of fiber optics technology. He has also been named as one of the 7 'Unsung Heroes' by Fortune Magazine.

#9. Rulers

#9. Rulers
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Rulers made from Ivory were in use by the Indus Valley Civilization, the ones found in excavation point at the decimal accuracy even at that time.

#10. The game of snakes and ladders

#10. The game of snakes and ladders

It was first introduced as a game of morality. It later spread to the countries of England and was introduced in the USA by Milton Bradley in 1943.

#11. Cotton cultivation

#11. Cotton cultivation
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Indians started cultivating cotton during the 5th – 4th millennium BCE in the Indus Valley Civilization. Even the modern cotton industry uses methods of cotton spinning and fabrication that were used in the Indus Valley Civilisation. Soon later, the use of cotton textiles spread to Mediterranean and beyond.

#12. Diamond Mining

#12. Diamond Mining
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It was in central India that diamond mining first evolved along the rivers Krishna and Godavari. Also, FYI, India was the source of diamonds until the 18th century, after which Brazil came in.

#13. Cataract surgery

#13. Cataract surgery
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Indian physician Sushruta knew the technique of a cataract surgery. It was performed with a special tool called the Jabamukhi Salaka, a curved needle used to loosen the lens and push the cataract out of the field of vision. Soon, it spread to China and Greek came to India to learn it.


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