Jab zero diya Bharat ne, duniya ko tabh gintee aayi,
(When India invented zero, the world learnt to count)
Taaron ki bhaasha Bharat ne, duniya ko pehle sikhayi
(India thought the world the language of Astronomy)
Deta na dashamal Bharat toh, yun chaand pe jaana mushkil tha
(Had India not given the decimal, going to the moon wouldn’t have been easy)
Dharti aur chaand ki duri ka, andaza lagana mushkil tha
(Distance between Earth and Moon would not have been easy to guess)
Sabhyata jahan pehle aayi, pehle janmi hai jahan pe kala
(Culture was here first, and so was art)
Apna Bharat woh Bharat hai jiske peeche sansaar chale
(Our India is the India, which the world follows)
Sansaar chala aur aage badha, yun aage bhada aur bandhta he gaya
(World kept moving forward and kept prospering)
Bhagwaan kare yeh aur badhe, bhadhta he rahe aur fule fale.
(And if God wills, keep prospering and keep growing)
Happy Independence Day. Jai Hind.
p.s. These lyrics are from the movie “Purab aur Paschim”. A 1970 movie produced and directed by our own Manoj Kumar, famously known as ‘Bharat’ Kumar. This song was sung by Manoj Kumar on being told that India is nothing but zero. The playback singer is Mahendra Kapoor.