7 Indian Inventions That We Don’t Know Much About!

India has made it’s mark in the world in various different ways. But yet, some inventions by India are still unknown to most of us. Did you know about these inventions?

Heer Khant

Here is a list of seven inventions by India that makes our chests swell with pride even today:

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1. ZERO:

Famous Indian, Aryabhatta invented the number – 0. According to others it was Bramhagupta who invented. Whatever be the truth, zero was invented by Indians. Can you imagine mathematics without the number zero? It is impossible to have all our calculations done without this number.

2. SHAMPOO:

This word is derived from the word, ‘champoo’ in Hindustani. Shampoo was first invented in India. In the ancient times, shampoo was made with Indian gooseberry (aamla) and soap nuts. A fruit pulp and other natural herb extracts were also used. Huge companies like Tressme, Loreal, Pantene etc. do owe Indians!

3. LUDO, SNAKES & LADDERS:

Ludo, known as Pachisi originated in the 6th century in India! It was first played by Mughal Emperors and found it’s way into England during British Raj in India. Snakes & Ladders, called as Vaikunta Pali was a game based on morality which also found it’s way into England and later to USA due to the British Rule.

4. BUTTON:

Cloth merchants worldwide are in business today because the Indus Valley Civilisation invented buttons. The people back then used sea shells as buttons for ornamental uses. Some buttons were carved into clothes with holes in them so a thread could be passed through it to attach another piece of clothing! Button up India!

5. COTTON:

If there is someone who needs to be thanked for the beautiful fabric that is irreplaceable and unavoidable, especially in hot seasons – then it is India! Once again it is the people of the Indus Valley Civilisation who first began cotton cultivation.

6. CATARACT AND PLASTIC SURGERY:

Both these surgeries originated in India. Cataract surgery was known to Sushruta in the 5th century BC.  Jabamukhi Salaka, a curved needle was used for the surgery to loosen the lens and push the cataract out of the field of vision. The eye would later be soaked with warm butter and then bandaged.  Plastic surgery was known to Indians since 2000 BC. It is speculated that the need for such surgery arose because of punishments that involved deforming a culprit.

7. MICROWAVE COMMUNICATION:

Jagdish Chandra Bose in 1895 carried out the first public demonstration of transmission of microwave communication in Calcutta (now Kolkata). It is because of this demonstration that today the world is able to use mobiles, radios, radars, remotes, WiFi and many more such things!

Through this post, we express gratitude to all those Indians who gave us such ground-breaking inventions. That are many other inventions that are given to the world by Indians. Tell us in comments if you know any more! Do share our article.

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Heer Khant
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