President's Message - CS (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal

President ICSI

June, 2017

“Digital India is an enterprise to transform India on a scale unmatched anywhere in the world and it has the potential to make development truly inclusive.”

- Hon’ble Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

My Valued Colleagues

Penning my views down on the theme ‘India@digital’, it comes to my mind that Vedas’, the “treasured knowledge powerhouse” are actually the foundation of the modern day technology and ongoing ‘digitization’ wave. There are numerous instances in ancient Indian literature supporting this context. Our literature mentions of demigod ‘Chitragupta’ who was perhaps the Super Computer of that time as he owned the virtue of keeping records of millions of creatures on this earth just like any super-computer today.

There is another reference supporting existence of digitization in ancient India i.e. Braham Rishi ‘Narad’ who was capable of moving through entire Cosmos on real time basis. As per Srimad Bhagavatam, Rishi Narad was ‘the online database’ who was capable of transmitting data anytime, anywhere just like any modern day satellite. Lord Narada had expertise of collecting the information about the creatures existing on this earth, storing them into the memory and presenting to the Lord Vishnu and Shiva whenever necessary.

Still, we can also find existence of wireless medium of data transfer in the form of Live Telecast of climatic battle ‘Mahabharata’ to the blind king Dhritarastra by his charioteer Sanjay. Bhavad Gita makes a mention that Charioteer Sanjay and King Dhrithrastra were sitting in the Hastinapur Rajmahal (palace) while miles away, the armies of Kauravas and Pandavas were in the battle field of Kurukshetra. Hastinapur and Kurukshetra were quite distant yet, Sanjay was able to see and narrate happenings of the battle field to Dhritarashtra. Bhagvad Gita’s first shaloka is a proof of this conversation:

धर्मक्षेत्रे कुरुक्षेत्रे समवेता युयुत्सवः ।मामकाः पाण्डवाश्चैव किमकुर्वत संजय ॥१-१॥

On hearing that Sanjay replied:

दृष्ट्वा तु पाण्डवानीकं व्यूढं दुर्योधनस्तदा ।आचार्यमुपसंगम्य राजा वचनमब्रवीत् ॥१-२॥

which establishes that Sanjay was able to see all happenings of Mahabharata on the real time basis. Moreover, he was able to produce such happenings in the audio format for Dhritarashtra. It mentions about audio-visual medium of data transfer and data connectivity without any wired medium at that time. Read more...