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Here to prove Vedic Math is secular, says Tekriwal
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Tedx Profile: Here to prove Vedic Maths is secular, says Tekriwal

By Shruti Dhapola
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November 29, 2012

The term Vedic Maths might sound daunting to a few. Add
the fact that you need to learn sutras as part of this
will probably double your phobia of mathematics, if you
have one.  But Gaurav Tekriwal, founder of Vedic Maths
India, believes that Vedic maths is India’s gift to the
world and one that needs to be nurtured.

In an interaction with Firstpost, ahead of  the Tedx talk
in Mumbai on Sunday (which we will be streaming live on
the site) , Gaurav spoke to us about how he got the idea
of promoting Vedic maths and what it entails.

First things first, Gaurav explained Vedic maths is:
Simply put, it allows people to do complex calculations,
such as multiplications, not the 2X2 ones but the
considerably heavy duty ones, divisions, calculate square
roots, etc in super fast speed.

Ask him whether one really needs Vedic maths in an age of
calculators and computers, he disagrees. “Calculators
might help students, it’s not really good for them. With
Vedic maths you get to exercise your mind muscles and
then get to the solutions,” he says. He cites the example
of UK where maths skills are so bad that most adults have
the maths skills of an 11 year-old.

So when did he get introduced to Vedic maths? “It goes
back to 1999, when I was preparing for my MBA entrance. I
got into Vedic maths then and I started practising and
sharing my skills with my friends. Not too many people
knew about the concept then, so it seemed pretty cool at
the time.  I slowly started teaching and one thing led to
another and a passion for maths became a profession,”
says Gaurav.

[Caption] Gaurav Tekriwal on Vedic Maths.

So yes, it’s never too late in life to pick Vedic maths.
But why the need for Vedic maths? What’s wrong with the
traditional system?

As Gaurav says, “The world has a phobia of maths. People
get addition, subtraction but once you come to
multiplication, students are forced to rely on their
memory. Teachers become harsh on the students and maths
becomes a phobia for the students.”

And how does Vedic maths differ from the traditional
system? Gaurav emphasises that unlike the regular Western
model of maths, Vedic maths is a mental system, meaning
all calculations take place in your head. “It’s a one
line arthimetic system. Say you have a sum 12 times 34.
In Vedic maths you apply a Sutra and get the answer in
one line. Sutras are word formulaes. You can apply the
sutra and get your answer in split second,” he says.

Gaurav’s project is also doing well abroad. “We’ve
partnered with the South African government and have
implemented the Vedic maths system in 9000 schools in
South Africa,” says Gaurav.

But what about starting a similar project in India
schools, especially those that are run by the government
and where quality of education is often poor. “In India
it’s really difficult to partner with government schools,
because people often think that Vedic maths is not
secular. I’m here to debunk the myth that this is not
secular. Anybody from anywhere can come practise this
system which is open to all,” he says.

He adds that he would definitely want Vedic maths to be a
part of schools in India, especially government schools
so that students can take advantage of it.

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Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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