AncientPages.com - Many discoveries of modern science and technology were known to the people of ancient India.
Skilled ancient doctors conducted complicated surgeries like fractures, cesareans, removing of urinary stones, cataract surgery, artificial limbs, brain surgery and even plastic surgery.
Now, for the first time an Indian prime minister has endorsed these claims, maintaining that plastic surgery and genetic science (found in Ancient Vedas) were practiced thousands of years ago.
Probably more than 5000 years ago, the great sages, known as the Rishis perfected the ancient science of genetics, cloning, test tube baby and stem cell technology.
"As proof, Narendra Modi gave the examples of the warrior Karna from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata and of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha," according to The Guardian.
“We can feel proud of what our country achieved in medical science at one point of time,” the prime minister told a gathering of doctors and other professionals at a hospital in Mumbai on Saturday.
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“We all read about Karna in the Mahabharata. If we think a little more, we realise that the Mahabharata says Karna was not born from his mother’s womb. This means that genetic science was present at that time. That is why Karna could be born outside his mother’s womb.”
“We worship Lord Ganesha. There must have been some plastic surgeon at that time who got an elephant’s head on the body of a human being and began the practice of plastic surgery."
Modi stressed the importance of ancient India's capabilities in several fields, when he said
"There must be many areas in which our ancestors made big contributions... Some of these are well recognised. If we talk about space science, our ancestors had, at some point, displayed great strengths in space science.
What people like Aryabhata had said centuries ago is being recognized by science today. What I mean to say is that we are a country which had these capabilities. We need to regain these.”
Ganesha - one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four). Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth.
This is not the first time that Modi has publicly articulated such ideas. But he did so earlier as chief minister of Gujarat state, and not as prime minister. He also wrote the foreword to a book for school students in Gujarat which maintains, among other things, that stem cell technology was known in ancient India and the Hindu God Rama flew the first aeroplane.
In fact, we know it from one of the great Hindu epics, the Ramayana, which mentions that the god Rama once received a special Vimana as a gift. Apparently, this Vimana must have been extraordinary, a real luxury.
"Without obstacles at the motion, capable to maintain the desired speed, perfect in controls, always obedient the will [of who drives it] supplied with little sitting-rooms with windows and excellent seats... "
The speech has also been posted on the prime minister’s official website. No Indian scientist has come forward as yet to challenge him.