INDIA has been called Bharat even in the era of satya yuga.The Hindus view that the Universe has no beginning or end, but follows a cosmic creation and dissolution.Hindus are the only one who propounds the idea of life-cycles of the universe.

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Christopher Columbus was attracted by India's wealth and was looking for route to India when he discovered America by mistake.

If readers, who have diligently read their schoolbooks on India, are surprised that they haven't been told of these ideas before, the fault is of the books they have used.

Such books are as worthless as would be books on America, two hundred years from now, that describe only matters of conflict between race, language, and gender, ignoring completely the achievements of science, art, and imagination.

The ancient and the official Sanskrit name for India is Bharat.

Hindus views the universe as without a beginning (anadi = beginning-less) or an end (ananta = end-less). Hindu scriptures refer to time scales that vary from ordinary earth day and night to the day and night of the Brahma that are a few billion earth years long.

According to Carl Sagan, Its cycles run from our ordinary day and night to a day and night of the Brahma, 8.64 billion years long, longer than the age of the Earth or the Sun and about half the time since the Big Bang".One day of Brahma is worth a thousand of the ages (yuga) known to humankind; as is each night." Thus each kalpa is worth one day in the life of Brahma, the God of creation.From the invention of the decimal system in mathematics to the noble philosophy of ahimsã, Hindus have contributed their share in all fields of knowledge and learning.Over five thousand years ago, when Europeans were only nomadic forest dwellers, ancient Hindus had established a civilization, known as the Indus-Sarasvati Civilization which flourished over 12,000 years ago.When much of the world was still sunk in sleep, people of the Indus-Sarasvati culture were conducting trade workshops in weaving, bead-making, pottery, dying of fabrics, and metallurgy.Although modern images & descriptions of India often show poverty, India was one of the richest countries till the time of British in the early 17th Century.