‘No one should be ashamed of our glorious past’

January 09, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:52 am IST - HYDERABAD:

Union Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said one should not be ashamed of the country’s glorious past and asserted that it has been accepted by the West and in international documents that India had “huge amount of knowledge in every field.”

Replying to a question at a press conference on the publication of a paper about flying of aeroplanes 7,000 years ago at the Indian Science Congress (ISC), he referred to the perception in newspaper articles that in ISC they were only discussing history of science. “We have to accept it” he said and added that it had been accepted even by the West in documents and in Vedas that “we had huge amount of knowledge in every field.”

Dr. Harsh Vardhan said India was the most superior power in the world not only in science but in other fields like medicine, art, culture and commerce. If a paper was published at ISC highlighting the experiences of the past and integrating it with what was happening today and our future goal, “I think we should not mind that,” he said.

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At the same time, he said that Indian scientists and the institutions were using the most advanced technological and scientific acumen. “ So if we were only basking in the glory of our ancient past, we would never think of what we have to do for the future,” he added. While stressing the need for feeling proud of past achievements, he said: “We should not forget that we have to make our future brighter than our glorious past.”

He said that India had a huge potential to grow and become the best in the scientific field. Under the ‘Make in India’ programme, key laboratories and institutions would be working to identify various problems and solve them through technology. A brain-storming session would be held in this regard soon.

“Accepted by the West and in the Vedas that we had huge amount of knowledge in every field”

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