|Courtesy: The Hindu|
11 – 10 = ½ = 0.5
The equation on the blackboard baffled me as I walked into a classroom where I was given an exam duty. Somebody had rubbed out something, I thought. My mind started playing its usual game. Come on, change it, said my mind.
This is how I changed it: 11 – 10 = 1
I erased two figures mentally, the denominator 2 and the final decimal part of the equation. Such a simplistic solution failed to satisfy me especially since I had a lot of free time in the exam room. Seeing my solution, Sherlock Holmes would have said, “Elementary, Mr Matheikal.”
My mind made the following equation:
(11 - 10 ) ÷ 2 = ½ = 0.5
That was neat, said my mind. I had added a denominator 2 to the first part of the equation.
11 – 10 = 1 = 0.5 x 2
What I did was to transpose the denominator 2 to the RHS (right hand side) of the equation.
One could go on. How far you go with it depends on your capacity to work with numbers as well as your aptitude for it.
An Albert Einstein would have touched infinity with it.
A Narendra Modi would take us far on the left side of zero on the number line. Regression.
When our Prime Minister was inaugurating the Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre last Saturday, he said, “It is said in the Mahabharata that Karna was not born from his mother’s womb. This means in the times in which the epic was written genetic science was very much present. We all worship Lord Ganesha; for sure there must have been some plastic surgeon at that time, to fit an elephant’s head on the body of a human being.” [as translated from Hindi by Karan Thapar]
Mr Modi is taking the nation backward on the number line of history. He reportedly took the state of Gujarat forward to economic development while taking it backward to a lot of other myths by meddling with academics. For example, he introduced the books of Dinanath Batra in the schools. Batra’s books contain the kind of views spoken by the Prime Minister above.
The Prime Minister is playing a dangerous game with history. He has already kidnapped Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel and added them to the Parivar pantheon. The entire history of India aka Hindustan is going to be rewritten under the benign dictator’s command.
Mr Modi should learn to play with equations. Not political playing. Real visionary games that befits a good leader. Then he will realise that truths are layered. Sherlock Holmes would have said, “Elementary, Mr Prime Minister,” had he heard the Prime Minister’s speeches.
Mr Prime Minister, India is a great country and we are proud to be its citizens. But we are not fools to think that myths are scientific truths. Please educate yourself before tinkering with history and academics. Please learn to play with your brain in a creative way. Take us toward infinity and not to myths.