Union Minister Satyapal Singh, who on Saturday commented that Charles Darwin’s theory is ‘scientifically wrong’ and should be changed in school and college curriculums, is a former Mumbai Police Commissioner. Satyapal Singh was the 1980 batch Maharashtra cadre IPS officer feared by organised crime syndicates in Mumbai during the 1990s. Singh is now the MP from Baghpat in Western Uttar Pradesh and was sworn in as a Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Satyapal was also sworn in as Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in PM Modi’s council of ministers last September. Singh, a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs and chairperson of joint committee on Offices Of Profit was awarded Antrik Suraksha Sewa Padak in 2008 for his unparallel services in Naxal hit areas of Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh during the difficult phase of the ’90s.
However, this is not the first time Singh has been caught making a controversial comment. The 62-year-old Lok Sabha member had last month in Gorakhpur said, “Koi aadmi agar kehne lage ki main jeans pehenke kisi mandir ka mahant ban jaaunga to log pasand karenge kya? Koi pasand nahi karega. Ya koi ladki jeans pehenkar ke shaadi ke bedi pe jaayegi toh kitne ladke usse shaadi karna chahenge?” Singh said that ‘No one will be respected if he gives up custom of wearing traditional clothes’. No boy will be willing to marry a girl who goes to her wedding in a pair of jeans. He said this at an event attended by UP CM Yogi Adityanath. Also, Singh had, earlier in October 2015, tried to play down the Dadri lynching as a ‘small incident’ in which 52-year old Mohammed Akhlaq was dragged from his home in Bisada, Dadri and lynched to death on the suspicion of consuming beef.
The minister last September said that Indian students should be told that a man named Shivakar Babuji Talpade was the first to invent the airplane, eight years before the Wright brothers. He also suggested that Indian students should study about ‘Pushpak Vimaan’, the chariot in Ramayana and about ‘Vishwakarma’, a deity worshipped by craftsmen.