Narendra Modi government is moving ahead in spreading polarisation in every aspect of life as Junior Education minister Satyapal Singh made a controversial statement questioning the evolutionary theory of Charles Darwin.
Minister Satyapal Singh has said Darwin’s theory was “scientifically wrong” since there are no witnesses to humans evolving from apes and it should be removed from science books that are being taught in school and college curriculums.
What the ministers of Modi government and RSS intend to preach to the nation is dangerous not just for the children but for the country as well . The country is built on the strong foundation of children education and when children are taught wrong things based on polarising arguments, the country will move backward to the stone-age.
The minister has been sharply criticised by the scientific community , including a former president of INSA (the Indian National Science Academy). The scientists drafted a letter and asked the minister to retract from his statement.
The letter signed by 388 people and put up on the website journosdiary.com, says“We, the scientists, science communicators and scientifically-oriented members of public, are deeply pained by your claim,It is factually incorrect to state that the evolutionary principle has been rejected by the scientific community. On the contrary, every new discovery adds support to Darwin’s insights.”
Now in India, teachers and students are going to face tough challenge as they will be required to answer questions based on ancient History or Vedic era during government exams and interviews. When the entire world is moving ahead with innovative ideas and laws and weapons based on cyber security, nuclear warfare and missile technology, Narendra Modi is engaged in rewriting history textbooks, distorting the world’s proven scientific innovation and theories.
This is not the first time, BJP ministers have uttered such ridiculous statement without sensible argument, Captain Anand J Bodas, a retired principal of a pilot training facility in 2015 said that “airplane was invented 7,000 years ago and evidence is in Vedas and not the Wright Brothers.Capt. Plane was invented by the Hindu sage Maharishi Bharadwaj.”
Science and technology minister, Harsh Vardhan also make a startling claim that ancient Indian mathematicians also discovered the Pythagorean theorem but that the Greeks got the credit.
But Prime Minister Narendra Modi also has made similar claims. In October, he mixed mythology with science when he said that Hindu god Ganesha got his head because of the existence of plastic surgeons in ancient India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen giving his interview to media that his life is dedicated to the people but it seams that his life is dedicated to fulfil his ambition to occupy the chair of prime ministership and devoting his life to spread RSS and their teachings so as to push India to dark ages.
Raghavendra Gadagkar, the former president of INSA, told it was “politically polarising science and scientists” which is “the real danger we must guard against”.
Former environment minister, Congress’s Jairam Ramesh, has dismissed Satyapal Singh’s comment as “nonsense”. “The BJP is the fountainhead of scientific nonsense and obscurantism. Not the first time this gentleman has come up with an outlandish statement… Of course, the Prime Minister is simply not bothered.”
The revised textbooks have glorified the role of Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar in the Indian independence movement, called the Congress a nurtured baby of the British and declared Maharana Pratap a victor in the Battle of Haldighati in 1576 against Mughal emperor Akbar. Nehru’s name does not even find a mention in the entire chapter from the Class 8 textbooks.The Class 10 social science textbook claims the Congress moderates wanted to prolong British rule in India because they felt the latter’s exit would lead to lawlessness in the country.
These types of statements will ruin society and slowly people won’t believe in scientific temper and currently the Indians that are being employed in foreign countries will face a bleak future because of poor education imparted to them in India.
By: Arti Bali