KOHIMA: Fresh trouble brews for Neiphu Rio a day before the swearing in ceremony. In a high voltage drama on Wednesday evening National Peoples Party has withdrawn support to the NDPP led coalition.
In a letter to governor PB Acharya, Nagaland NPP president Ato Yepthomi urged him not to consider the earlier letter of support since there was no consent from the party high command. NPP earlier promised with go with NDPP-BJP alliance with two of their MLAs. With this, Rio falls short of two MLAs to touch the magic number a day before the swearing in ceremony.
Former GMDA minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma threatened to take legal action against a section media for dragging his name to the Luis Berge scam. Talking to reporters at the Rajiv Bhawan premises on Wednesday, the former minister said that a section of media has been naming him in the multi crore scam bereft of any reason. “I will take file criminal and defamation cases against a section of media in a day or two,” said Dr Sarma. A visibly angry Dr Sarma said, “My name was figured in the Saradha scam. I received clean chit. But a section of media did not tender apology before me for naming me in the scam. This time I will file defamation case against them.”
It is not the mainland India, but a little happening Golaghat district in Assam in the nooks of the Northeast where the zero (sunya) originated. Ashok Sarma, a language history researcher with the help of Dr H N Dutta, the former Director of Department of Archeology, Government of Assam and Dr Dharmashwar Chutia, a retired professor of Department of Sanskrit, Gauhati University has established that the numerical zero was first discovered and used in written script by a civilization of Assam between 2nd and 3rd century.
The uses of zero happened in Assam long before the birth of both Ayarthabhatta and Brahmagupta, Sarma said. The evidence of the practice of using zero in Assam came to light with the discovery of a stone inscription in Golaghat district and archeologist Dr Dutta confirmed it as a 2nd/3rd century inscription. The digits inscribed on a piece of ancient stone were 2, 3, 1, 0, 7 and 8 respectively and were deciphered by Dr Dharmeshwar Chutia. It is now presumed that the inventor of zero was an Assamese mathematician from the Golaghat area while the popular belief that Aryabhatta was the inventor of the ‘zero’. Around 500 A.D, Aryabhatta, the Indian mathematician, devised a number system. The symbol he used for the number zero was also used to represent an unknown element. Brahmagupta, another mathematician, was the first to formalize arithmetic operation representing the zero as ‘dot’ during A.D.650.
In Assam also the zero was written as dot and the stone inscription represents it accordingly, Ashok Sarma said. Unfortunately, due to lack of extensive research not much is known about the inventor and his time. Sarma claimed that Aryabhatta and Brahmagupta were not the first mathematicians to discover the zero. He also added that the stone inscription could be much older than it was thought. He said that the Rig-Veda culture and the Indus Valley civilization had no influence over the Kamrupi civilization or the civilization that once flourished in the areas around Golaghat. There were trade centres in ancient Kamrup and the land had contact with other countries before it came in contact with “mainland” India. So there is a probability that zero ‘moved’ from Assam to other parts of India.