“Some people wear rings of particular gemstones for improving luck and life. But if you wear a wrong (‘manik’) gemstone then it causes trouble. So Tripura had a wrong Manik (CM), time to take it off and wear a HIRA (diamond). H-Highways, I-Iways, R-Railways, A-Airways”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Agartala on February 8.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s love for acronyms is well known, but less discussed is his penchant for often alluding to the mythological and the obscure. This latest assertion that gemstones bring good fortune has little basis in science.

In fact, not just PM Modi but many prominent members of his party who hold significant positions have made a slew of statements seeking to emphasise the supremacy of ancient India in the realm of science and technology. In doing so, they have made statements ranging from plain inaccurate to downright bizarre.

Alt News has put together a compilation of all such statements and tweets that have emanated from the political establishment.

1. Lord Ganesha’s elephant head must have been due to plastic surgery

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, while referring to Hindu mythology had said that he believes that Lord Ganesha was the first ever example of plastic surgery.

PM Modi has repeated this assertion more than once. Apart from the instance posted above, he also referred to it when he addressed a gathering of medical professionals in Mumbai in October 2014.

2. Karna was born due to genetic engineering

Karna, a character of the epic ‘Mahabharata’ was born due to genetic engineering, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Those who have read or heard the Mahabharata, I would like to draw their attention to the epic. And according to my modest understanding, I believe that Karna’s birth was due to stem cell technology, due to science”(translated), said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

3. Darwin was wrong, no one saw ape turning into man

Minister of State for HRD Satyapal Singh caused an uproar and much amusement by asserting that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is scientifically wrong because no one saw an ape turning into a man.

Singh’s statement was splashed across the world and was much ridiculed. The minister however did not see the contradiction between his statement and his later assertion that he is a man of science. He stuck to his statement.

4. “Teach IIT students about Pushpak Viman”

MoS HRD Satyapal Singh, before he made the infamous Darwin comment, had in September 2017 said that students in premier engineering institutes like IITs must be taught about ancient Indian discoveries and inventions such as Pushpak Viman, which is mentioned in the Ramayana.

Singh had also said that before the Wright brothers supposedly invented the aeroplane, an Indian named Shivakar Talpade had invented it eight years before the Wright brothers. “Why are students not taught that before the Wright brothers, an Indian called Shivakar Babuji Talpade was the first to invent the airplane. This person invented the plane eight years before the Wright brothers. Are our students taught these things in IITs or not? They should be”. The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru had published a study and concluded that most of the theories put forward by Vaimanika Shastra on the basis of which Talpade supposedly built the aircraft were unfeasible.

5. Yoga can cure cancer

Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik in 2016 said that the practice of Yoga can cure major diseases including cancer. He added that the Government could come out with scientific evidence of it in a year.

“It is a proven fact. We have visited the Bengaluru-based Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA) institute, where many people told us they have been cured of cancer by regular practice of yoga. The institute has found a technique of yoga for the prevention and cure of cancer”, Naik had said. More than a year has elapsed but the Government or Naik are yet to come out with ‘evidence’ of the efficacy of Yoga in curing cancer.

6. India conducted nuclear test lakhs of years ago

According to BJP MP from Hardwar and former Uttarakhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, India was never a stranger to nuclear technology. In fact, a sage had conducted a nuclear test lakhs of years ago.

Participating in a debate in Lok Sabha, Nishank had reportedly said, “Today we are talking about nuclear tests. Lakhs of years ago, Sage Kanad had conducted a nuclear test. Our knowledge and science do not lack anything”. He had also defended PM Modi’s remark on Lord Ganesha and plastic surgery, saying “People are raising questions on Modiji’s comments on Ganesh’s surgery. It was actually a surgery. The science available to us is not available elsewhere in the world… science or knowledge to transplant a severed head existed only in India”.

7. Cow only animal which inhales and exhales oxygen

Rajasthan Education and Panchayati Raj Minister Vasudev Devnani came up with an ingenious theory to explain the ‘scientific significance of the cow’. According to Devnani, cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen. He had also reportedly said that ailments like cold and cough can be healed by going near a cow.

8. Ancient India discovered law of gravity

Devnani was guilty once again when he recently made a statement saying that Issac Newton had not discovered the law of gravity. It was in fact discovered by the Indian scientist Brahmagupta II one thousand years before Newton.

“Three-four days ago, I was reading about who discovered the law of gravitation. It was mentioned that Newton did it. I have read it, you have too. But if you go deeper, you would know Brahmagupta II had given this law of gravitation 1000 years prior to that. Why don’t we connect that? The mechanism was developed later. Modern scientists have done it”, Devnani had reportedly said.

9. Yogic farming can help boost agriculture

Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh had said that soil fertility can be boosted and ‘seeds can be empowered’ by adopting ‘yogic farming’.

“The idea behind Yogic farming is to empower the seeds with the help of positive thinking. We should enhance the potency of seeds by rays of Parmatma Shakti”, Singh had said in September 2015. When asked if yogic farming is a scientific method, Singh said “We are supporting organic farming and, along with it, the idea of Rajyog. Such exercise is accepted by my ministry essentially to enhance Indian farmers’ confidence. Indian farmers have, over the years, lost confidence in the age-tested knowledge of farming”.

10. Diseases like cancer due to sins committed in last lives

Assam Health Minister and senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma that people suffered from life-threatening diseases such as cancer because of sins they had committed in previous births.

According to Sarma, the occurence of such diseases is ‘divine justice’ meted out to those who had sinned in their past life. Sarma later apologised for his comment but his clarification too was laced with reiteration of his belief in karma and reincarnation.

The founding fathers of our nation envisaged a society and country based on rational principles through inculcation of scientific temper and thinking. Considering the statements that have emanated from prominent BJP members and office bearers time and again, it would seem that the objective of encouraging scientific and rational spirit is far from being realised. ‘To develop scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform’ is one of the fundamental duties prescribed in the Constitution. The Government which is mandated to cultivate the spread of scientific culture is instead seemingly inclined in favour of the obscure, the superstitious and the pseudo-scientific. No less than the Prime Minister has given credence to this tendency, positing mythology as science and in the process, sacrificing it at the altar of politics.

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Sajjad
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Sajjad

Common sense isn’t a pre-requisite for followers of such leaders. Proofs are also not needed anywhere. For these people mythology is bigger than facts. Their nonsense is definitely not “science”.

Dileep Chauhan
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Dileep Chauhan

And Flat Earth and Aasmaani Kitaab is Science??? Where are the Facts you are talking about? I was searching for the so-called FACTS in entire Article. But this Lumpen Commie called Arjun Sidharth closed his Article after playing to Galleries. Retards.

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Irrelevant- facts matter

Bhai Dileep – your Karni Sena brothers are waiting for you. Don’t waste your precious time here.
Before you go, it may be a good idea to realize that you just demonstrated a concept called Whatsboutism.

Pseudo Patriot
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Pseudo Patriot

What is it that you are trying to convey?

Rajesh Rai
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Rajesh Rai

Arun Siddharth & Smita PrakaPrakash have put forth their views. They claimed that the BJP ministers comment is all incorrect. But it can be proved by the ancient study of puranas that the Atomic Theory & laws of gravity existed long back in Indian books ie puranas but later put forward by scientists in foreign countries as theory. There is no doubt that the concept of the aeroplane was taken from the pushpak viman theory in Ramayana & Mahabharata. Very learned men from other countries were very motivated to learn the Indian holy books due to the rich cultural heritage… Read more »

Devaki Khanna
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Devaki Khanna

Please substantiate with quotes/research from appropriate sources. For example, did the Montgolfier brothers have knowledge of the Pushpak Vimana when they undertook the first balloon ascent in pre-revolutionary France? Did the Wright brothers have access to this knowledge before they built and tested their craft?

Dileep Chauhan
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Dileep Chauhan

No they didn’t have access Cuz of their ignorance and you must be knowing it.

d-I-leap
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d-I-leap

Sir,
Can you read what you write before posting? On one hand you say “read the texts to understand the principles” in the next breath you say “ they didn’t reveal because they wanted some communists to die”
Your comments are laced with incoherence

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Irrelevant- facts matter

And pray, can you point to the place it says they knew about a political ideology that would have a fleeting moment of glory lasting less than a century about 5000 years ago. Or evidence that they chose not to document it due to that weird reasoning. You don’t- so, stop going ad hominem I have possibly spent more time on Sanskrit than what you have, assuming you spent under 15 years of study. If you have indeed studied, the effectiveness seems to have passed you by. If you postulate something, please show evidence or state it as an opinion… Read more »

Satya
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Satya

Rajesh Rai – have you read the Puranas yourself or simply parroting stuff that all of us have heard and keep hearing? I will give you the benefit of doubt and assume that you are a scholar in the ancient texts. I have always wondered about the underlying engineering principles of Pushpaka Vimana. Can you please enlighten all of us briefly about it? What was the fuel used? What’s the max payload it could carry? What type of engine? Was it VTOL or require a runway?how many such planes existed?

Dileep Chauhan
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Dileep Chauhan

Figure out the underlying principles by Learning Sanskrit and Going thru Texts.. this can not be achieved by writing comments. And do tell me once you get it. And since the people who traveled by Pushpak Viman knew that the Earth will soon be inhabited by Commie retards, they did not record the usage of fuel and payload. They felt it would be nice to watch the colliding narratives of Commies from skies – the way the molecules of an Ideal Gas constantly collide with the walls of its container when put under a given pressure at absolute temperature (refer… Read more »

V.Suresh
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V.Suresh

As Naoploen Bonaparte once said:

“In politics, absurdity is not a handicap”

SMH
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SMH

all of their moms should have had an abortion. unfortunately, we have to deal with them now.

Jai
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Jai

The RSS ideology was never based on the rational thought. Hence, the RSS pracharaks are grown up in an world of myth and superstitions. Some of them might have studied science, but never accepted the scientific methodology to reach the truth in their thought process. Their medieval mindset cannot distinguish between a scientific discovery and an imagination.
Until and unless the scientific methodology are deeply embedded in the education system, we may see more and more leaders of a political party, which based on the artificial bigotry against the minority community are expressing such opinions.

Anup Kumar Roy
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Anup Kumar Roy

Once upon a time suddenly few monkeys tested the fruit of evolution and became men and women. Nobody witnessed the process. No more monkeys, ever found the fruit again; and never became homo sapiens.
BJP and other Hindu organizations believe that India has been more than the land of snake charmers and ‘madari’s’. They are not Hindus that can not accept the wisdom of ancient Indian Books.

Satya
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Satya

Anup, You are a live testimony to the adage that Ignorance is Bliss. Evolution doesn’t say monkeys turned into humans. It just says that both species have a common ancestor. Only narrow minded folks define knowledge in nationalistic terms. Knowledge doesn’t have boundaries. Having said that while some people who lived on the Indian peninsula knew a lot more about some topics than their contemporary humans elsewhere, there is no credible evidence that their knowledge transcends the contemporary scientific knowledge. Nor is India the only fountain of knowledge since ancient China or Greece or Egypt have produced science and math… Read more »

Pseudo Patriot
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Pseudo Patriot

Like the Republicans in the US, BJP has brought dumbness into fashion! Whenever the Republicans are challenged with logic, they start chanting “USA USA USA” and try to label others as anti-nationals. The same is here with the BJP, the only difference is that they chant “Bharat mata ki hai”, “Pakistan chale jao”, “Muslim lover”, etc. And then they genuinely feel proud about it! Such is the level of their intellect!

Satya
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Satya

Satya Pal singh is our Betsy Devos and both Trump and Modi have publicly voiced their skepticism about global warming.

Anuradha
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Anuradha

How can one forget how peahens get pregnant ?!!!

Dileep Chauhan
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Dileep Chauhan

Where are your counter evidences for these narratives you MF Arjun Sidharth? Where have you proved Ganesha was not born from “some kind” of Plastic Surgery. When PM says “some kind” it doesn’t mean exact plastic surgery – it means some technology which has exact effects which Plastic Surgery has today? The problem with Communists is they feel they have conceived entire Universe, though these fuckers don’t know about an iota of Universe. If certain Hindutva people are deluded of Science by 50%, Communists are deluded by 100%. That is why nobody listens you and you are confined to some… Read more »

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dull-leap

Boy – you have conclusively proved that you are a moron. Where is the proof that Karna wasn’t born due to some genetic engineering technique? Is that a question? Really? Seriously? You prove facts. You don’t disprove non-facts. If you can show that Karna was a product of genetic engineering, I will have to agree with that fact. If you can’t prove it, it is a non-fact. If I say your brain is full of cow dung, I need to provide proof. Just because it is written in a book doesn’t make it true. If I asked you to disprove… Read more »

Irrelevant- facts matter
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Irrelevant- facts matter

How dumb can you be or gullible. If you make a claim, the burden of proof is on you. Did the PM tell you that he didn’t exactly mean what he said? What have facts to do with religion or political ideology? You have succeeded in demonstrating that you are intellectually deficient, logically challenged, deprived of rationality gene and a master of hurling obscenities for no reason. Apparently you have had a fine upbringing in the glorious lumpen tradition that is the exact antithesis of our ancient Tarka Shastra Too bad my boy, time to sleep. Have you forgotten about… Read more »

Rakesh Agrawal
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Rakesh Agrawal

From Nishank to the head Modi via morons like Satyapal Singh and Nada, our health minister who questioned the ill impact of pollution on humans, are epitome of idiocy and conceitedness and they are morally and intellectually bankrupt. Generations to come will spit and laugh at them, but drunk at power, they simply don’t care and believe that fools will elect them again in 2019!