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Despite his best efforts, Jai Singh remained to the very end of his days a medieval astronomer, the last link in the tradition of Nasir al-Din al-Tusi and Ulugh Beg. It is an unfortunate fact that the science of astronomy, despite Jai Singh's multifaceted efforts, did not revive in India. Jai Singh failed to usher in the modern age of this science in his country. The neo-astronomy came from an entirely different route, i.e. , the colonial British rule in the North.

Jai Singh approached his astronomical researches with an open mind. Before embarking upon his project, he studied what was available to him. Moreover, during his investigations, he kept this attitude alive. His search for better instruments continued even after his observatories had been built. According to du Bois he was ready to put aside his own tables if better ones were available. Jai Singh's accomplishments were medieval in retrospect, but his outlook was quite modern. His efforts were truly secular. For him scientific knowledge had no religion or nationality. Astronomers of all faiths participated in them. This fact alone is a great compliment to a ruler born in an environment and age of intolerance and bigotry


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