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March 09, 2006

Asia Times Letters


Frank [letter, Mar 8] would be advised not to stress the mathematical genius of feng shui, since for most people it is just plain superstition. The Indian counterpart is vastu shashtra. He would also be advised to note that Hindus had both a solar as well as a lunisolar calendar since Vedic times. He can further note that India was the birthplace of mathematics, including the zero, decimal system, numeric system, negative numbers, cosine, etc. I could add an [extensive] list of achievements in astronomy, medicine, navigation, irrigation and of course erotica. The point for Frank – and other condescending readers who believe that Indian architecture is European/Chinese and 600 years old – is that India and China share a very rich and long history. Comparisons are irrelevant. Oh, and as far as his unflinching support for the Khalistan movement, perhaps he'd like to come do some interviews in Punjab to find out where the Sikhs stand on the issue. The beauty of democracy, eh Frank?

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