In 2016, the Junagadh University of Agriculture released a research paper that stated that the urine of the Gir cow had traces of gold. Some time ago, it could have been funny, but the India we live in today is taking this news with more seriousness than ever – despite the presence of many pieces debunking the actual science behind this research!
Where the world has seen the uprising of the 'alt-right', India has seen another kind of alt take life – 'alt-science'. Over the years, we've gone from the country that produced scientific legends like Aryabhatta, CV Raman, Jagadish Chandra Bose and Homi Bhabha, to the country that is debating the curative properties of cow urine and dung. There are also those like Captain Bodas, a retired principal of a pilot training academy, who believe airplanes existed in ancient India thousands of years ago, that travelled not just from one country to another but also to different planets. Bodas presented his paper at the Indian Science Congress in 2015, where another paper claimed that "Indians had developed 20 types of sharp instruments and 101 blunt ones for surgeries, which largely resemble the modern surgical instruments."
In 2014, at the inauguration of the Sir HN Reliance Hospital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi credited the presence of plastic surgery during Ganesha's lifetime to the scientific minds of ancient India, and the birth of Karna in Mahabharata to genetic science. The retired Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma's parting gift to the nation was his 'intimate' knowledge of the way wildlife continue to live, especially the reproductive activities of the peacock!
In this day and age of the alternative replacing the real, watch as some of our country's finest ask the questions and provide the explanations that will change how you see science forever.
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Updated Date: Jul 17, 2017 16:53:07 IST