Bizarre and Weird Claims by Indian Scientists!
Speakers at a major science convention in India caused international consternation and hilarity with some of their bizarre and weird statements. These included claiming the invention of the aeroplane and stem cell research centuries earlier than in the west and dismissing the work of Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton!
The scientists treated delegates to their outlandish claims at the 106th Indian Science Congress, which was held at the delightfully named “Lovely Professional University” (yes, seriously) in Jalandhar, Punjab, India.
Ancient Demon Aeroplanes
Speakers attempted to rewrite scientific history off the back of Hindu mythology and ancient texts, trying to pass religious beliefs off as genuine works of science.
G Nageshwar Rao, vice-chancellor of Andhra University, claimed that a Hindu demon king from the religious work, Ramayana, had 24 different types of aeroplane as well as a system of landing strips in Sri Lanka. He also seems to have the belief that a legendary king called Kuru fathered 100 children through stem cell technology.
This isn’t the first such aircraft claim to be made in India. A retired pilot and head of a aircraft training centre, Captain Anand Bodas, also claimed that India had interplanetary spacecraft several thousand of years ago, as well as an advanced radar system. The aircraft were designed by a wise man caled Bharadwaja and were fitted with forty small engines. The pilots were kitted out with spacial suits to protect them from viruses, bad weather and electric shock – which tells you a little about the aircraft!
Einstein was Wrong
Another speaker from a university in Tamil Nadu in the southern India of told delgates that Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton were wrong about gravity and that gravitational waves should be renamed “Narendra Modi Waves”, possibly in honour of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Dr KJ Krishnan apparently said that Newton didn’t “understand gravitational repulsive forces” and that the theories of Einstein were “misleading”.
The event was opened by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is no stranger to oddball historical claims himself. In 2014 he informed doctors and medical staff at a Mumbai hospital that the god Ganesha, with the head of an elephant, showed that cosmetic surgery was practiced in ancient India.
Other claims at previous scientific conventions include the idea that bacteria present in cow’s milk can be used to turn substances into gold and that a herbal paste put on the feet can be used to divine underground water.
Before you laugh at this too much at these comically bizarre and weird claims, please remember that India has nuclear weapons. It’s probably only a matter of time before someone claims they were given to the people of India over 6,000 years ago by the god Iherda Bloudybeegbhang though!