Freedom of Knowledge

Inputs in any product or service can be broadly categorized into two:
1. Inputs like basic raw materials, power, space, manual labor
2. Inputs like skills, knowledge, patented/copyrighted products/services, marketing, branding etc.
If we closely examine the rate of returns on these two types of inputs, we will find that 1st type of inputs have very low rate of returns (hence we can call them subsistence inputs) while 2nd type of inputs have higher rate of returns and knowledge is its basis (hence we can call them knowledge inputs).

If we observe people or organizations or nations, we will find that those which provide subsistence inputs have lesser income and are economically poor, marginalized, developing; while those which provide knowledge inputs have higher income and are rich, mainstream, developed.

Humans are the biggest creators, carriers, and users of knowledge. Hence, every nation tries to create suitable frameworks using which people of that nation can convert their knowledge into profitable products and services; and at the same time, seamlesslessly acquire & assimilate knoweldge from across the globe. This requires a number of institutions and endeavors, out of which these endeavors are also important:
1. Organize and standardize knowledge possessed by the people and introduce it in formal education; further promote R&D in this knowledge for its upgradation and developing suitable products and services out of it. It has to be done in a manner that the people who were orignial creator and owner of that knowledge should benefit the maximum; they have controlling powers; and they don’t have any entry barrier in using, acquiring, updating knowledge on their own. Further, the upgraded knowledge should become an integral part of the society and it must not become alient to it.

2. Acquire knowledge from different parts of the world and make it available to the people of the nation in the framework in which outside knowledge can be absorbed, assimilated; and can be made an integral part of the knowledge available to the society so that people can use outside knoweldge to create valuable products and services as well as synthesize outside knolwedge with native knolwedge so that healthy exchanges and advancements can happen.

In order to ensure free flow of knowledge among people, education, research labs, and market; native language (s) are primarily used by every nation because:
1. It eliminates any entry barrier for free flow of knowledge
2. It ensures better and faster process of making upgraded knowledge or outside knowledge integral
3. It ensures that there is no case of any social group become more privileged or having more competitive advantage against others

British India didn’t put enough efforts for either organizing and upgrading knowledge possessed by people and convert it into suitable products and services as well as making knowledge of the world outside India available to its people so that they can acquire, assimilate, upgrade it and further convert it into suitable products and services. It happened so because India was a colony and British didn’t want to empower Indians and make them competitor to the British economic interests.

However, after gaining independence, carried forward the British policies [God knows that why CONGRESS and Indian Scientists did that] of neither upgrading knowledge available to people and converting it into suitable products and services; nor knowledge from across the globe was made available to the masses and made integral part of the society so that people can themselves use outside knowledge to make suitable products and services.

This had multiple effects, like:
1. Most of the knowledge possessed by people never got organizaed, and upgraded; hence the the products and services using that knowledge remained globally non-competitive. In fact that knowledge, and products & services based on that knowledge became economically unviable, and obsolete. Hence people skilled in that knowledge became poor, marginalized, and dependent on government schemes and subsidies.

2. Most of the knowledge from outside countries were never made available to masses; hence most of the people don’t have a clue that what are the competitve methods of making different products and services. Also, they could never build capacity to upgrade outside knowledge and further establish themselves as globally knowledge leader or economically more competitive. Hence, most of the people can’t even comprehend the foreign knowledge.

3. In India, we have a system in which we provide a select minority of people knowledge, most of which is foreign origin, in a foreign language (English) so that this select group can act as a mediator between vast majority and outside India. This system has two major negative consequences. First, it is against the ethos of democracy. Second, this social group finds a disconnect between his knowledge and society around him. So signficantly large section of this group migrate to other nations. Those who stay back in India are socially disconnected and couldn’t contribute to the upgradation of existing knowledge of people and making it economically competitive. So, we have islands of knowledge in India which can be said to be TIME LAGGED POOR QUALITY CARBON COPY OF WEST.

If this detrimental policy continues then majority of the people can never become able to contribute knowledge inputs to any product/service and remain perpetually poor and economically handicapped.

We must have to create frameworks so that knowledge of the people can be organized and converted into useful products and services so that people can be brought out of poverty and contribute to making India the next superpower.

For this, there are few tasks which have to be done:
1. We must develop a linguistic framework for Indian languages in which knowledge can be expressed. For this, we might have to develop scientific terminologies in Indian languages; express scientific concepts and thoughts in Indian languages; and provide a guideline using which anyone can express thoughts and concepts in Indian languages.

2. We must develop a system using which students or anyone can collect information about trees, insects, plants, animals, geographical entities, diseases, anything and everything around them. This information needs to be processed by experts and further published in Indian languages so that larger mass can be informed about it.

3. We must develop a system using which existing traditional production systems can be located and their processes can be mapped. These knowledge maps need to be further studied, and standardized. Every University or institution of higher learning should be made partner in the process of mapping, studying, and standardizing production systems around them.

4. We must develop a system through which standardized knowledge can again reach to the society in both simplified as well as advanced forms. For this, we must organize workshops and training sessions through which standardized knowledge is disseminated to the people. Also, we must introduce the standardized knowledge in formal education so that trained worforce can be obtained for exploiting this standardized knowledge. Further efforts and investments can be made in R&D so that knowledge is continuously upgraded.

I, as an individual, along with some of my friends have tried to contribute to the first task of providing a linguistic framework for Indian languages in which knowledge can be expressed. In order to start with, we have tried out with Chemistry because the present Greeko-Latin based English Chemical Nomenclature used in India is completely disconnected with Indian languages. Also, most of the names of English Chemical Nomenclature do not have scientific rationality (Ex: Helios was Sun God, hence name Helium; Vanadise was Goddess of love & beauty, hence Venedium; Lithos means stone hence Lithium). So, we tried creating Indian names for elements. Example:

Aluminum: Suhaxapara सुहक्षपरा सु comes from सुचालक meaning conductor: the objective behind emphasizing this property is its being substitute of copper in electrical industry; also copper is limited. ह comes from हलका meaning light; point to be noted is Aluminum is light and hence used in aviation industry. क्ष comes from क्षयरोधी as Aluminum is resistant to corrosion and hence a better substitute to Iron in many industries; also emphasizing corrosion means we are taking it as a grand challenge. परा comes from परावर्ती meaning reflective. Pure Aluminum is extremely reflective and here परा also refers to group identity of Aluminum as every group has its group identity in this nomenclature system.

Similarly, we can name all the elements. This can be extended to organic compunds. Also, similar endeavors can be made in creating names in other Indian languages and further create a unified Indian Nomenclature System.
This effort is not targeted towards eliminating use of English, rather it is targeted towards expressing knowledge in Indian languages.

Your thoughts and your ideas are most welcome.

If you find this effort useful then kindly respond me.
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