Indians invented aeroplane and Pythagoras Theorem. These were among the messages purportedly spread by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in its closed door camp for college students in Bhopal.
Incidentally, the three-day camp began on Friday when Bollywood film 'Hawaizaada' was released in cinemas across the state. The movie features the exploits of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade who some believes built a flying machine before the Wright brothers.
About 386 students attended the camp held at a college campus in Hoshangabad Road. The camp was organised for male students, and the media was not allowed to cover the event. The RSS leaders are also said to have impressed upon the youths to efficiently use technology for spreading social messages among the masses.
"In the three-day camp, we learnt a lot about the Sangh and its activities. We learnt how social media can help us do good for the society in an effective manner. This was the first camp for me and I gained a different experience here," an engineering student said.
A poster displayed at the camp depicted that Talpade invented aeroplane and his invention was based on Maharishi Bhardwaj's 'Viman Shastra'. Another poster showed that Pythagoras Theorem was originally given by Maharshi Bodhayan.
Among the other posters, one carried US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's statement that 'Bhagwat Gita is a perfect text book for politicians'. Gabbard is America's first-ever Hindu lawmaker. She was recently in India during which she had met various personalities.
Another poster suggested Albert Einstein drew inspiration from the Bhagvad Gita. Some health topics too were part of the exhibition which propagated the benefits of fasting as it 'triggers stem cell regeneration'. Posters related to missiles and satellite launch vehicle also found place at the camp.
Physical exercises, group discussions, debates, plays and brainstorming sessions were also reportedly held during the three-day camp. A discussion was also held on the topic of 'Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar's dreams of India'. Hedgewar was the founder of RSS.