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'Vedic mathematics is modern, user-friendly'

'Vedic mathematics is modern, user-friendly'

Author: Vithal C. Nadkarni
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 31, 2000

During a lecture on vedic mathematics, Vijay Ashar, a retired professor of statistics and decision-making, spoke of the contribution of Bharati Krishna Tirthaji, a Shankaracharya of the Govardhan Pitham at Puri. The Swamiji reportedly wrote a book on the subject which interested English mathematicians.

"Some British scholars reportedly cattle to India for further research on vedic mathematics. All this sparked renewed interest in the subject-the home-grown pullet had begun to fly on the wings of 'phoren' approval," Mr Ashar says.

Today, the Internet features several websites devoted to vedic mathematics. Experts say the system is also being taught in some schools in the UK, the U.S., Australia and Switzerland. "A great deal of research is being done, and several schools in India are also teaching it," Mr Ashar says. "Several books-Indian and Western-have also been published."

"However, many people here still seem to be unfamiliar with the power and ingenuity embodied in vedic mathematical principles," says Nehru planetarium director J.J. Rawal. "Some confuse it with obscurantist ideas and operations associated with performances of vedic sacrifices. What they do not know is that vedic mathematics is a uniquely modern and extremely user-friendly system, one which is capable of eradicating innumeracy which is the bane of our age."

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