Darwin’s theory of evolution was proposed in the 19th century and describes how organisms change over time as a result of changes of heritable or behavioral traits that help the organism to compete, survive and reproduce better.
Union Minister of India, Satyapal Singh claimed in his speech in the ‘All India Vaidik Sammelan’ that the theory is scientifically wrong because our ancestors have never mentioned any incident of ape turning into a man.
Darwin’s theory is scientifically wrong. It needs to change in school and college curriculum. Since the man is seen on Earth he has always been a man.
The minister of state for human resource development added, “No books we have read or the tales told to us by our grandparents had such a mention. Nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man.”
BJP leader Ram Madhav had also tweeted in support of Singh and shared an article on Evolution News.
The scientific community in the nation, however, are against Singh’s statement and claim that the minister’s statement would harm efforts to propagate scientific thought in the country. The community has drafted a letter asking the minister to abjure his statement.
The letter is yet to be sent officially and reads “There is plentiful and undeniable scientific evidence to the fact that humans and the other great apes and monkeys had a common ancestor”
The letter further emphasizes that the minister’s belief that the Vedas contain all the answers is exaggerated and “is an insult to the genuine research work on history of Indian scientific traditions.”
“When a minister working for the human resource development in the country makes such claims, it harms the scientific community’s efforts to propagate scientific thoughts and rationality through critical education and modern scientific research. It also diminishes the image of the country at the global level and reduces faith of the international historical research community in the genuine research by the Indian researchers.”