Mere months after Satyapal Singh, the junior minister in the Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry, put forth that Evolution as Charles Darwin theorised it was "scientifically wrong" as nobody, including our ancestors, had seen an ape turning into a man, another leader, this time a chief minister, has propagated a questionable 'scientific'... theory.
Speaking at an event in Agartala, Tripura's newly installed chief minister Biplab Deb, in all seriousness, reasoned that technology such as Internet and satellites were available in India during the 'time' of the Mahabharata.
Addressing a workshop on PDS computerisation involving five north-east states, Biplab Deb spoke about Sanjaya narrating events in the Mahabharata war to Dhritarashtra:
"This is that country in which Sanjaya was sitting and telling Dhritarashtra what was happening in the Mahabharat war."
After making his mythological reference, Deb expounded on the real-world ramifications:
"That means technology was there! Internet was there, satellite was there..."
Justifying his statement, he added:
"How can he see through Sanjaya's eyes? This means that technology was there at that time. What happened in the middle, we don't know, but at that time, this technology was there."
He then adds, for good measure:
"I congratulate you people that you are doing this work, but you weren't the first ones to do it. This innovation was done in this country lakhs of years ago."
Finally, he concludes:
"I am proud to be born in this country that was running first in technology in the world. Today some European country or US can say that the technology is theirs, but this technology isn't theirs, it's ours."