jun 6th, 2008
it is true that the chinese did invent a lot of very practical things, like the compass, the printing press, etc.
but india was even more inventive: it invented the calculus (the kerala school of astronomy), it invented grammar (panini), it invented the decimal system, it invented meditation, it invented surgery. but india gets no credit for any of these things.
a lot of whites have become cheerleaders for china and looked at it through rose-colored glasses. not clear exactly why. these days, the brits are openly whoring for china, as they have nothing left to sell than their ability to shill.
a significant amount of indian innovation was 'awarded' by needham to china. and the chinese have been quick to claim credit for all sorts of things, including inventing buddhism, the martial arts, etc. a lot of it is due to the fact that the chinese have always despised whites and made no secret of it. but indians have never had a superiority complex -- even though we are superior -- and so others felt free to dis us. lesson: obsequiousness does not pay (are you listening, manmohan singh?)
also, the water-works by karikala chola built 2000 years ago -- eg. the grand anicut -- are still standing, and still functioning. of course, the 'economist' and other india-baiters would never recognize this.
furthermore, chinese civilization, it turns out, is *later* than the early indus-saravati, which shows unbroken continuity to mehrgarh, 9000 years ago. the contemporaries of the indus-sarasvati are mesopotamia and egypt; china came later. but all the white guys say "china has an unbroken civilizational continuity of 10,000 years; india gained independence in 1947". see an interesting, but unfortunately, pakistan-centric article in science regarding the indus-sarasavti recently