A speaker at a prestigious science conference in India is taking heat for claiming that stem cell technology was actually invented by Hindus — thousands of years ago.
And another academic at the 106th Indian Science Congress used his platform to dismiss the findings of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, claiming neither of them understood physics.
Organizers of the conference, which ran from Jan. 3 to 7, tried to distance themselves from the speakers and their wild remarks.
“We don’t subscribe to their views and distance ourselves from their comments. This is unfortunate,” said Premendu P. Mathur, general secretary of the Indian Scientific Congress Association.
“There is a serious concern about such kind of utterances by responsible people.”
G. Nageshwar Rao, head of a southern Indian university, had cited an old Hindu myth in which a woman has 100 children as proof that stem cell research was discovered on the subcontinent thousands of years ago.
“We had 100 Kauravas from one mother because of stem cell and test tube technology,” said Rao, vice chancellor at Andhra University.
Rao also said a demon king from another ancient Hindu epic had a dozen aircraft and a network of landing strips in modern-day Sri Lanka.
“Hindu Lord Vishnu used guided missiles known as ‘Vishnu Chakra’ and chased moving targets,” he said to the scientists and schoolchildren in attendance.
In another lecture, speaker Kannan Jegathala Krishnan said Newton was wrong about gravity and that Einstein had made a “big blunder.”
“Newton and Einstein did not understand space and physics the way I do,” Krishnan said.
This isn’t the first time that Hindu myths and religion-based theories have made their way into mainstream India.
The minister for higher education, Satyapal Singh, last year said Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was wrong.
With Post wires