Rajasthan education minister Vasudev Devnani, while speaking at the 72nd foundation day celebrations of the University of Rajasthan on Monday morning, claimed that the law of gravitation was discovered by Brahmagupta the second, a thousand years before Isaac Newton.
Devnani who is the minister for primary and secondary education in the Vasundhara Raje government, according to a report by The Indian Express said, “Abhi mai teen chaar din pehle padh raha tha, ki Newton ka… gurtwakarshan ka niyam kisne kiya? To bataya ki Newton ne kiya, maine bhi padha, aapne bhi padha. Gehrai me jayenge, to Brahmagupta Dwitiya ne usse ek hazar saal pehle is gurutwakarshan ka niyam diya tha (A few days ago, I was reading about Newton…who came up with the law of gravitation? Newton did, this is what I read, you read. If you delve deeper, Bramhagupta the second had given us this rule a thousand years before Newton).”
He questioned why this is not included in the educational curriculum. “Why don’t we include this?” Devnanin asked. He added that there is no doubt that the mechanism was added later by the modern scientists and we will teach that too, but such topics have to be made suitable for India.
The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader talked about the changes made in textbooks since the party came to power in the state. He said that even in Rajasthan, for years, it was taught that Akbar was great but today the chapter on him has been removed and replaced by Maharana Pratap.
Speaking about the JNU protests of 2016, he said, “Roz, roz jab akhbaro me padhte hai, hinsa ki, todphod ki, aagjani ki, is prakar ke rashtrabirodhi jo gatibidhiya hoti hai, usko mere vishwavidhyalay kaise roke. Ab Jawaharlal University ka jab…Mai bahut zyada zikr nahi karta…wo apne Kanhaiya ka baat apne sabko jankari hai. Rajasthan me koi Kanhaiya paida na ho (Every day we read in newspapers about violence, ruckus and arson, such anti-national activities, how do my universities stop them…Now, when it comes to Jawaharlal University, I don’t mention it much. Everyone knows about Kanhaiya. Hope no Kanhaiya is born in Rajasthan).”