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Amitabh Bachchan on ‘Navigation’ & its Indian origin

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Big B is one of the few Bollywood celebrities who use the social media to the hilt to let the world know about what is going on in their mind. His fascination for ancient Indian culture has been finding eloquent expression on social media sites these days. 

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Nothing can illustrate it better than his recent post on leading social media portals. In this particular post he talks about how the world ‘Navigation’ has been derived from Sanskrit and India’s pioneering contribution to the science of navigation and shipbuilding. This is what he writes: – 

“The art of Navigation was born in the river Sindhu 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Navgatih’. The word navy is also derived from Sanskrit ‘Nou’.”

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It’s a long post. Here are a few more excerpts from it.

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“In those days India had colonies, in Cambodia (Kambuja in Sanskrit) in Java, (Chavakam or Yava dwipa) in Sumatra, in Borneo, Socotra (Sukhadhara) and even in Japan. Indian traders had established settlements in Southern China, in the Malayan Peninsula, in Arabia, in Egypt, in Persia, etc., Through the Persians and Arabs, India had cultivated trade relations with the Roman Empire.”

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“Sanskrit and Pali literature has innumerable references to the maritime activity of Indians in ancient times. …A panel (was) found at Mohenjodaro, depicting a sailing craft. Vessels were of many types.  Their construction is vividly described in the Yukti Kalpa Taru an ancient Indian text on Ship-building.”

The other Bollywood celebrity who has been showing great interest in ancient Indian culture and philosophy is Shekhar Kapoor. Recently, he mentioned on of the SM sites about the origin of the word ‘Entrepreneur’. It has a Sanskrit origin too. It is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Antarprerna’. The word traveled from India to France and then to the rest of the world.

(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)

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