Library and Information Science Links
Recently a very Interesting article was published in "The Hindu" News paper published on Jan 04, 2019. The article was written by Shri Srinivasa-Chakravarthy, who is is Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. The article is about India is experiencing a schism between mythology and Science. This schism has its moorings in the fact that most scientific knowledge is unable to percolate among the non-English-speaking populace of the country. If we seek a knowledge revolution, speedy and large-scale translations may be in order.
...The number of Wiki articles in English, Swedish, German, and Chinese (in millions) are, respectively, 5.7, 3.7, 2.2 and 1. Corresponding figures (in millions) for some of the highest-scoring Indian languages are: Hindi (0.1), Urdu (0.14), Tamil (0.12), Telugu (0.07) and Bengali (0.06). Similar comparisons may be drawn between the largest of Indian libraries and the best libraries in the world. The largest library in the world, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, has 162 million holdings. The second position is occupied by the British Library in London with 150 million holdings. By contrast, the largest library in India, the National Library of Kolkata has only 2.2 million books while the Anna Centenary library has just 1.2 million.
The article is very informative & make us to think
To read the fully article click : https://www.thehindu.com/thread/if-knowledge-is-power-language-shou...