Not Wright Brothers, But an Indian Invented Aircraft, Says MoS HRD Satyapal Singh
New Delhi, September 21: Union Minister Satyapal Singh on Wednesday insisted that the first flying machine was not invented by Wright Brothers but by an Indian. The Minister of State for Human Resources Development believes that it must be taught in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and other engineering institutes. “Why are students not taught that before the Wright brothers, an Indian called Shivkar Bapuji Talpade was the first to invent the airplane? This person invented the plane eight years before the Wright brothers. Are our students taught these things in IITs or not? They should be,” Singh said.
Singh was addressing a gathering of engineering graduates and diploma-holders in the national capital when he mentioned that the airplane is among ancient Indian “discoveries”, the NDTV reported.
The minister said that IIT students should be taught about the ‘Pushpak Vimaan’, a flying chariot that is described in the epic Ramayana. “We are currently lagging behind in research and innovation. Our researchers need to be told about our rich culture and our civilisation which dates back many thousands of years. We have seen such amazing examples of scientific inventions in the past, we should learn from them,” he said as reported by DNA.
In another example dating back to Ramayana era, the former Mumbai Police chief said, “Plants at Raavan’s house had a chandramani (moon stone) in them, because of which they did not need to be watered. Students should study about all these things.”
Earlier this year, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had equated the rockets developed by ISRO with the arrows of Lord Ram, and credited him for his “engineering skills” for building the mythical ‘Ram Setu’ between India and Sri Lanka. “Ram na ek ek teer, ek ek missile haata. Ane ISRO je kaam kare chhe, yeh Bhagwan Ram ye, tyaare chhodta hata. (Every arrow of Ram was a missile. The work that ISRO is doing, Lord Ram used to release those),” Rupani had said.