Indian prime minister claims genetic science existed in ancient times


Source: The Guardian

Narendra Modi gives examples of Karna and Ganesha to support view that cosmetic surgery and reproductive genetics used thousands of years ago

Hindu nationalists have long propagated their belief that many discoveries of modern science and technology were known to the people of ancient India. But now for the first time an Indian prime minister has endorsed these claims, maintaining that cosmetic surgery and reproductive genetics were practiced thousands of years ago.

As proof, Narendra Modi gave the examples of the warrior Karna from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata and of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha.

“We can feel proud of what our country achieved in medical science at one point of time,” the prime minister told a gathering of doctors and other professionals at a hospital in Mumbai on Saturday. “We all read about Karna in the Mahabharata. If we think a little more, we realise that the Mahabharata says Karna was not born from his mother’s womb. This means that genetic science was present at that time. That is why Karna could be born outside his mother’s womb.”

Modi went on: “We worship Lord Ganesha. There must have been some plastic surgeon at that time who got an elephant’s head on the body of a human being and began the practice of plastic surgery.”

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3 replies

  1. I am wondering that the scientific community present when he made this highly unscientific statement didn’t question him as to truth of his allegations and ask what happened to these fantastic creatures’ descendants…?!

    Also what became of the historical records of the hows n whys of such ‘operations’?

    I truly hope and pray that India’s multitudes will apply their God given intellectual faculties and ask these and other relevant questions otherwise they will find themselves the laughing stock of the world!!!

  2. There is no need to get upset. Modi is a staunch Hindu. As your belief increases the capacity to believe in the irrational also increases. Every religion is full of such examples. For Muslims, they should look into “Kitab al-tibb” in Bokhari and reap the benefits of camel urine.
    If anything, this tells us that we should keep the belief and science separate. All religions must follow this principle. As soon as a leader mixes the two, know that he is LYING.

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