Dr. Jai Maharaj posted: > > Tedx Profile: Here to prove Vedic Maths is secular, says Tekriwal > > By Shruti Dhapola > First Post > 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 Indias 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, its 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, its never too late in life to pick Vedic maths. > But why the need for Vedic maths? Whats 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. Its 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. > > Gauravs project is also doing well abroad. Weve > 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 > its really difficult to partner with government schools, > because people often think that Vedic maths is not > secular. Im 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. > > More at: > http://www.firstpost.com/living/tedx-profile-here-to-prove-vedic-maths-is-secular-says-tekriwal-539864.html
Even maths has no escape route from the onslaught of our secular brigade.