Chandigarh: Weeks after Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb’s controversial claim that internet and satellite communication existed in the days of Mahabharata, Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore has said that “Ram Sethu”, the mythical bridge built by Lord Ram to reach Lanka in the epic Ramayana, showed that the application of technology was evident in ancient times.
“Application of technology was evident in the ancient times when Lord Ram built a Setu across the sea and Hanumanji brought Sanjeevni Booti for Lakshman and also many advanced weapons were used at that time,” Badnore said at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Mohali.
Badnore was addressing a gathering of scientists, faculty and students at the institute on the occasion of National Technology Day.
“Our epics Ramayana and Mahabharata prove that in India technology has been used since ancient times. Today, India is being considered as an advanced country because of its rapid growth in technology in all spheres of life,” he said.
The governor urged the scientists to make collective efforts towards expanding innovation and knowledge-sharing in the field of pharmaceutical sciences.
Speaking at an event at Ahartala, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb had said that the blind king Dhritarashtra getting updates about the battle of Kurukshetra while they both sat in their palace, proved the existence of technology during the period. “How can he see through Sanjay’s eyes? There was technology available at that time… internet was there, satellite communication was there,” Deb said.
Despite receiving widespread criticism, Biplab Deb stood by his comments, and criticized “narrow minded people who want to belittle their own nation”.