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Q37. The astronomer Aryabhatta was born in the ancient Indian state of Magadha. Somewhat arbitrarily, Indian government decided that 1976 was as good a year as any to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of Aryabhatta's birth by launching a satellite named after him.

It can be inferred from the statements above that


  1. (b) Magadha is not necessarily Aryabhatta's birthplace.

  2. (c)  The Indian government had learned of Aryabhatta's astronomy only recently

  3. (d)  The celebrations took place in the state of Magadha.

  4. (a)  The exact date of Aryabhatta's birth is uncertain.


Solution

The correct option is D

(a)  The exact date of Aryabhatta's birth is uncertain.


The key words in the passage are 'arbitrarily' and 'as good a year as any’. This implies that choice of 1976 as the year to celebrate Aryabhatta's 2000th birthday may not be well rooted in history.

Looking to the given answer choices only (a) follows.

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