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Sage Panini's manuscript Ashtadhayayi is considered to be reference book for all scholars of Sanskrit grammar. This thread explores a relatively unknown fact that his work also formed the basis of modern computer programming languages.

Mahrishi Panini is said to have lived around 500 BC acc to western historians. But this is at most an educated guess based upon context references of his written work. His manuscript Ashtadhyayi consists of 8 chapters and 4000 verses.

His work was first studied by a European linguist Franz Bopp in the 19th century; finding new ways to strengthen grammar rules for current languages. Many others followed: Panini; Ferdinand De Saussure; Leonard Bloomfield; Fritz Stall among them

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Babur in words of Guru Nanak

Babur was 14 yrs younger than Guru Nanak. He became king of Farghana exactly as Guru Nanak was deciding to spread God's word. When Babur conquered Kabul in 1505; Guru Sahib was starting to radiate his spiritual message

Ibrahim Lodhi ruled Delhi. Haughty n cruel, he had alienated many. Punjab was held by Daulat Khan. Eager to deliver himself from Lodhi, he sent envoys to Babur for help. Babur couldn't be happier. He had failed to capture Khurasan in the past. Now was his chance to enter India.
Guru Nanak warned Daulat Khan that Babur would only overtake them. His words fell on deaf ears. He wrote:

Such are the blasphemers
Who set themselves up
As leaders of the world;
Consuming daily
Forbidden fruit of falsehood,
Yet they preach to others,
What's right n what's wrong.
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