What did Einstein think about Indians?All of us know about Einstein. He firmly established the quantum theory although he got the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his research on Photoelectricity. We Indians know that Einstein had great respect for Rabindranath and Gandhi. Einstein also had a good relationship with Satyendranath Bose, the great Indian physicist.
But what was Einstein's general opinion about the Indians? Like others, I also thought that Einstein respected Indians (from his views about the three great men of India). But, no! The actual position may be different.
Ze'ev Rosenkranz, the Assistant Director of the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology, has edited a book which compiles Albert Einstein's travel diaries. This book has made diary entries public recently. The entries have sparked a debate on Einstein's views on the people from India, Sri Lanka and China.
Einstein seemed to believe that the Indians were "biologically inferior" and they were hampered by the subcontinent's climate which "prevented them from thinking backward or forward by more than a quarter of an hour."
I am pained!