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   far beyond the ancients. In stating this thought, Bose seemed to have stood by a monism reflected in the famous ancient Upanishadic words
loaZ çk.k ,tfr fu%lr` e~
or that everything springs up from subtle energy and makes movements therein. Whether to call the response functions of metals a rudimentary form of Prana — sentience and life — is de- batable and scientifically premature still but what is interesting is his courageous leap to posit something this revolution- ary back then.
followed too exclusively, it ends by limit- ing the comprehensiveness of truth. The search is endless. Realization evades us.
The Eastern aim has been rather the opposite, namely that, in the multiplic- ity of phenomena, we should never miss their underlying unity. After generations of this quest, the idea of unity comes to us almost spontaneously, and we apprehend no insuperable obstacle in grasping it.”
It is with this formulation of knowl- edge and truth that I would like to re- member Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose
alise a fundamental shift in the Indian psyche to what was at once a natural synthesis of ancient Indian thought and a modern, scientific approach towards attaining truth.
*The writer is Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Excellence in Quantum Technology (CEQT), IISc, Bengaluru, and Postdoctoral Associ- ate, Prof Brian Josephson Group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He is also Guest Faculty at the Department of Physics an Astrophysics, University of Delhi.
As Tagore once said, in Bose’s work lay ‘an essence of Indian scientific spirit, a reflection of Indian national culture, its national pride and heritage’. Bose strived to work towards a unification of ideas and thoughts, which had histori- cally come from disparate cultures and civilizations. In his presidential address at the Bengal Literary Conference in 1911, Bose suggested:
“You are aware that, in the West, the prevailing tendency at the moment is, after a period of synthesis, to return upon the excessive sub-division of learn- ing ... Such a system in scholarship, un- doubtedly helps at first, in the gathering and classification of new material. But if
today, as a pioneer of the synthesis of eastern and western thought, and it is a privilege that I did my doctorate be- ing associated with the same college — Christ’s College, that he went to, in Cambridge, where he today has a stat- ue within the college: an honour only shared by Charles Darwin himself! He truly was a Jagadish and shall always be a gem of India, for times to come. He can be called one of the first true revolutionaries who stood against the hegemony of the western powers and thought, in the sciences. Long before Bose or Gandhi, Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose struck the battle-cry for indepen- dence from the western yoke and to re-
Bose strived to work towards a unification of ideas and thoughts, which had historically come from disparate cultures and civilizations.
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