India outcry after scientists claim ancient Hindus invented stem cell research

Source: The Guardian

The organisers of a major Indian science conference said they were concerned by speakers citing religious texts and ideas at the event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) arrives at the opening of the prestigious Indian Science Congress, in Jalandhar on 3 January.
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) arrives at the opening of the prestigious Indian Science Congress, in Jalandhar on 3 January. Photograph: Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times/REX/Shutterstock

The organisers of a major Indian science conference distanced themselves on Sunday from speakers who used the prestigious event to dismiss Einstein’s discoveries and claim ancient Hindus invented stem cell research.

The Indian Scientific Congress Association expressed “serious concern” as the unorthodox remarks aired by prominent academics at its annual conference attracted condemnation and ridicule.

The distinguished gathering of Indian researchers and scientists, which was held over the weekend, hosts Nobel laureates, but in recent years has seen Hindu faith-based theories edging onto the agenda.

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