In the 106th session of Indian Science Congress on Friday, two lectures revived the fundamental problem that congress is facing. These lectures made some claims about the achievements of ancient Indians which again left the congress in controversy. The congress which hosts country’s most reputed scientific minds has become a platform to make such claims based on Indian mythology.
The Vice-chancellor of Andhra University and a professor of inorganic chemistry, G Nageshwar Rao, said that Kauravas from the Indian mythological epic Mahabharata were born using stem cell technology and Ravana from Ramayana had 24 different aircrafts and Sri Lanka at that time had airports. He also explained evolution and human civilization with the 10 incarnations or Dashavtara of Lord Vishnu.
In another such lecture, KJ Krishanan, a scientist at a centre in Tamil Nadu, claimed that the theories of Issac Newton and Albert Einstein were wrong and would be disproved soon. He said that gravitational waves should be renamed as “Narendra Modi waves” and the gravitational lensing effect should be renamed as “Harshavardhan effect”. Not just this, he went on to say that electricity and magnetism were the same phenomenon.
This is not the first time when congress has witnessed such claims. In the 2015 congress in Mumbai, Anand J Bodas, principal of a pilot training school in Kerala and Ameya Jadhav, lecturer at a Mumbai junior college, in a paper presentation, said that ancient Indian had invented aircrafts which could fly in multiple directions. They based their arguments on some descriptions and texts of Vaimanika Shashtra. However, scientists have rejected such claims saying that such bodies were not capable of achieving flight. Many such other presentations were made in the same symposium all of which claimed the fantastic inventions of ancient Indians. Mainstream scientists expressed shock at the kind of presentations made at the symposium. Such claims have led some noted scientists to stay away from the congress in the past.
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