?Savarkar brought scientific knowledge to public debate in modern India,? says UP Governor Ram Naik

RamNaik 0601Mumbai (ISJ) ? Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has added another twist to Indian science, saying, it was Veer Savarkar, who brought scientific knowledge into public debate in the modern time. Addressing the valedictory of the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai, Naik said ?we should salute his foresight'.

?In the 20th century, the thrust for scientific knowledge was vividly brought into public debate for the first time in India by late Swantraya Veer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. I salute his foresight,? said Naik.

Naik also joined the chorus of leaders endorsing the pre-eminence of ancient Indian science and took potshots at critics of the Vedic Science.

?I pity those who are ashamed of our past history. In fact we should be proud of the fact that what we knew a few thousand years earlier became a knowledge-base for the world later,? said Naik. ?Our great teachers like Panini, Charak, Sushrut, Dhanvantari and Varah Mihir, Arya Bhatta should be a matter of pride for us. The nation which forgets its past can hardly progress in future.?

The senior BJP leader, who was also a minister in the earlier NDA government under Atal Behari Vajpayee, said pursuit of knowledge had been respected in ancient India and the tradition of scientific endeavour flourished.

??it was in India that the concept of zero as a number was developed; a compendium was made on medical principles and practices in the form of the treatise Charaka Samhita; advances were also made in metallurgy,? he said.

Ram Naik suggested the Indian Science Congress Association should include sessions on Yogic Sciences and Vedic Sciences in future and re-explore India?s rich past. Vedic Mathematics is already recognized the world-over for its accuracy and simplicity.

In the first time in the 102-year history of Indian Science Congress, included a session on ?Ancient Sciences through Sanskrit,? inviting criticism from a section of the scientific community in India and abroad. However, Dr. S.B. Nimse, the outgoing President of Indian Science Congress Association, told Indian Science Journal, the whole controversy was unwarranted and a creation of the media. He said, the basic idea of including the subject was to throw a challenge to modern scientific community to validate or reject scientific theories as contained in ancient Indian scriptures.

Dr. Nimse said, there were a lot of research in ancient India. Unlike modern research, it was not validated in laboratories, but on the contrary it was on record, like astronomy.

?Still the calculations are the same, same formulae. That means, there was some science behind it, based on longer observation. Unless and until we debate something, we cannot know which is wrong, which is right,? he said.

-N.B. Nair

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