Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan might have missed the bull’s eye by a few days, makes revelation on Stephen Hawking’s respect for Vedas a day after Hawking’s death.
In a country where the Prime Minister says in the country’s Parliament that cosmetic surgery was practised by Indians thousands of years ago; and offers Ganesha(a half-human half-elephant mythological character worshiped as God) as its stellar example, then there is something lacking with either the country or its leaders or its people. That “something lacking” cannot be better explained than Satirist Sanjay Rajoura: “If our Prime Minister’s claim is accepted, then the surgery surely went wrong“.
The conditions prevailing in India today are very close to misappropriating other people’s, civilizations’ achievements, honors. We are becoming a society which is never ready to accept and honor the achievements of others.
In such a scenario, is it surprising for the Government’s Science and Technology minister claim that cosmologist and one of the finest minds in the World, Stephen Hawking, who passed away this week, once said the Vedas have a theory that is superior to Albert Einstein’s groundbreaking equation, E equals m multiplied by c squared?
No one must be surprised.
Yes, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan while addressing the inaugural session of the 105th Indian Science Congress yesterday said,
“We recently lost a renowned scientist, cosmologist Stephen Hawking. He also emphatically said on record that our Vedas might have a theory which is superior to that of Einstein’s theory of E=mc 2,”
There are many things wrong with the Minister’s claim.
First of all, there is no documented evidence that Hawking made any such statement.
Two, if tomorrow someone appears in some TV channel debate and tells us that some person close to Stephen Hawking approves of what the Minister has said, then even in that scenario we will not be able to prove it. Simply because the person(Hawking) being talked about is no more, and obviously no one but he (Hawking) can back or refute the claim made by the Minister.
Three, if a country’s Union Science and Technology Minister makes a claim which has no backing in International Science community, then it doesn’t show the country in good light.
To conclude, it is very difficult to say whether India can become a knowledge super power or not. But one claim can be made with surety here — Misappropriating other people’s achievements in any field of study, will never help India become a knowledge super power. Remember, the first stepping stone of acquiring knowledge is to accept that we may not know many things and; our knowledge may be just limited to using what others have studied, created, invented or discovered.
To conclude, if you want to prove some scientific fact or claim it to be yours, then believe someone with scientific temper with no or little religious tilt. It will be far better than believing or listening to a religious person with no or little scientific temper.