Union home minister Rajnath Singh exhorted the youths to value India’s pool of ancient knowledge, which according to him, was far more superior and elaborate than that of many developed countries.
He said this while speaking at the Lucknow University convocation here on Monday.
Hailing the ancient Indian contribution to astrology, science and mathematics, Singh said there was no need to look at a US observatory to seek information on lunar and solar eclipse predictions, as it would easily be available with our own pundits. According to him, they were just as accurate as observatories in the United States.
“Stop depending on American observatories for predictions on solar and lunar eclipses. Consult any next-door panditji and he will give you exact details about eclipses that have taken place in the last 100 years and also about those that will happen in 100 years to come, after going through the ‘panchang’ (almanac),” said Singh.
“I am surprised why Indian youths are so much in awe of the West’s excellence in the field of science and technology. Whatever they (West) are telling us today, our seers have said that long tome back,” he added in his over half-an-hour speech primarily focused on Indian values and knowledge.
Singh said be it theorems of trigonometry, Algebra or others no other nation could match our knowledge. “India’s cosmological calculations are in tune with modern scientific calculations,” the minister said while emphasising on “spiritual development” of students and inculcating traditional values in them.
Singh highlighted that he, out of his experience as a teacher, knew that no country was as rich in ‘gyan’ (knowledge) as India.
“Being a student of physics I have consulted many national and international journals. I can tell you with confidence that nowhere in the world one can find the knowledge of science and technology that India has,” said Singh, who is also MP from Lucknow.
“The basic concepts of trigonometry, geometry and algebra were given by India. Even Heisenberg’s Principle of Uncertainty has an Indian connection. Heisenberg had picked up the concept during a discussion on Vedas with Rabindranath Tagore,” he added.
The home minister also touched upon the issue of terrorism/extremism and reiterated that ‘sanskaar’ (values), not just education, could prevent youths from turning to terrorism. Citing example of highly educated youth being involved in terror activities, Singh said knowledge devoid of values is “disastrous” for the society.
“Civilisations, which get cut off from their traditions and values, do not survive for long. It was India which showed a big heart and gave the message of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family),” he said.