India through its calendars By Amartya Sen (“The calendar,” argued Meghnad Saha, the distinguished scientist and the leader of calendar reform in India, “is an indispensable requisite of modern civilised life.” He could have gone further than that. The need for a calendar has been strongly felt — and well understood — well before the modern age. The calendar, in one form or another, has been an indispensable requisite of civilised life for a very long time indeed. This explains why so many calendars are so very old, and also why most civilisations, historically, have given birth to one or more specific calendars of their own.)more »
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