Nuclear technology was developed by sage Acharya Kanad; Kapil Muni is the father of cosmology; Maharshi Bhardwaj discovered rockets and aeroplanes; father of medicine is Charak Rishi and Garga Muni is the scientist of stars. In the latest incident of saffronising science, these sages are hailed for their “contribution to science” in the Maharaja Sayajirao University’s official diary for 2017.
According to the university officials themselves, these references were based on the books of RSS ideologue and founder of Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti, Dinanath Batra.
The diary also a few eminent scientists and mathematicians too — Jagdish Chandra Bose, Vikram Sarabhai, C V Raman, Srinivas Ramanujan and Aryabhatt.
Dinanath Batra’s books talk about Maharshi Bhardwaj being the author of Brihad-Vimana Shastra, Lohadikaram, which indicates metal and alloys used for flying objects mentioned in the Ramayana like the Pushpak Vimana. Similarly, Acharya Kanad is credited with developing the atomic theory, which he has elaborated in his book Vaisheshik Darshan. These are examples from India’s rich history recommended for the diaryUniversity Official
Professor Ajay Ashtaputre, Dean of Faculty of Performing Arts who heads the diary committee, said the names were recommended by MSU syndicate member Jignesh Soni — son of Bapubhai Soni, who is known to be among the founding members of the Jan Sangh in Gujarat, the Indian Express reported.
As a diary committee, we were inclined to follow the recommendations of a senior syndicate memberAjay Ashtaputre, Dean of Faculty of Performing Arts
“Sages mean scientists. Rishis are known for their researches, and are considered scientists in their own fields of knowledge. We have depicted the sages from different fields who are a part of our history and shastras. Many may disagree with the facts, but several people also believe it. Why are these names controversial? They are the forefathers of our nation who have achieved something. We should be proud of them. Their names should be included in mainstream education too,” Jignesh Soni was quoted by the Indian Express.
About 2,000 copies of the diaries have been printed to be distributed to the university’s well-wishers and donors.