Science lesson from Gujarat: Stem cells in Mahabharata, cars in Veda

Tejomay Bharat is to be distributed along with eight books written by Dina Nath Batra.

Written by RITU SHARMA | Ahmedabad | Updated: July 27, 2014 1:35 pm
Tejomay Bharat’s “facts.” Source: Express photo Tejomay Bharat’s “facts.” (Source: Express photo)

Gujarat’s new compulsory reading list for government primary and secondary students doesn’t just seek to educate students on “facts” about India’s culture, history and geography. It also has its own take on science, particularly landmark inventions.

“…America wants to take the credit for invention of stem cell research, but the truth is that India’s Dr Balkrishna Ganpat Matapurkar has already got a patent for regenerating body parts…. You would be surprised to know that this research is not new and that Dr Matapurkar was inspired by the Mahabharata. Kunti had a bright son like the sun itself. When Gandhari, who had not been able to conceive for two years, learnt of this, she underwent an abortion. From her womb a huge mass of flesh came out. (Rishi) Dwaipayan Vyas was called. He observed this hard mass of flesh and then he preserved it in a cold tank with specific medicines. He then divided the mass of flesh into 100 parts and kept them separately in 100 tanks full of ghee for two years. After two years, 100 Kauravas were born of it. On reading this, he (Matapurkar) realised that stem cell was not his invention. This was found in India thousands of years ago.” — Page 92-93, Tejomay Bharat

“We know that television was invented by a priest from Scotland called John Logie Baird in 1926. But we want to take you to an even older Doordarshan… Indian rishis using their yog vidya would attain divya drishti. There is no doubt that the invention of television goes back to this… In Mahabharata, Sanjaya sitting inside a palace in Hastinapur and using his divya shakti would give a live telecast of the battle of Mahabharata… to the blind Dhritarashtra”. — Page 64

“What we know today as the motorcar existed during the Vedic period. It was called anashva rath. Usually a rath (chariot) is pulled by horses but an anashva rath means the one that runs without horses or yantra-rath, what is today a motorcar. The Rig Veda refers to this…” — Page 60

The 125-page book, Tejomay Bharat, that these passages are excerpted from was recently mandated as supplementary reading by the Gujarat government for all government primary and secondary schools.

Published by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB), the book seeks to teach children “facts” about history, science, geography, religion and other “basics”.

Tejomay Bharat is to be distributed along with eight books written by Dina Nath Batra, a member of the national executive of Vidya Bharati, the educational wing of the RSS. Batra’s books, translated into Gujarati and published by the GSSTB, have also been mandated as supplementary reading by the state government.

Each of these books carries a customised message from Narendra Modi, as then chief minister, while Batra’s books praise him and the GSSTB. Tejomay Bharat carries a message from Modi praising the GSSTB for republishing the book.

The book has chapters such as Adhyatmik Bharat (spiritual India), Akhand Bharat (undivided India), Vigyanmay Bharat (scientific India), and Samarth Bharat (competent India). The book’s content advisor is Harshad Shah, vice-chancellor of Childrens’ University in Gandhinagar who was Gujarat chairman of Vidya Bharti till 2006. The review committee includes Ruta Parmar and Rekha Chudasama, both associated with Vidya Bharati.

Shah told The Sunday Express, “Tejomay Bharat gives an insight to students about our rich culture, heritage, spiritualism and patriotism. The language has been kept simple, which is apt for students. These are to be given free of cost to all schools, while 5,000 copies priced at Rs 73 have been prepared for those other than students.”

Asked how schools would reconcile the “facts” of Tejomay Bharat with the NCERT syllabus, the Deputy Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Ahmedabad region, P Dev Kumar, said, “Being a government servant, I am here to follow and implement government policies. Though we have not been told of any change in the NCERT curriculum for this academic session, if there is any for the next year, we have to wait and watch.”

Tejomay Bharat also objects to the country being called India. “We should not demean ourselves by calling our beloved Bharatbhoomi by the shudra (lowly) name ‘India’. What right had the British to change the name of this country?… We should not fall for this conspiracy and forget the soul of our country (Page 53).”

“It is better to die for one’s religion. An alien religion is a source of sorrow,” the book says on Page 118. “Guru Gobind Singh had four sons — Ajit Singh, Juzar Singh, Zoravar Singh and Fateh Singh… King’s men tried hard to convince them, but they courageously replied, ‘Our grandfather Guru Tegh Bahadur gave his head for saving Hindu religion and we will also give our lives but will never leave our religion’.”

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    Raghu Panjala
    Feb 5, 2016 at 6:52 am
    Lowly shudra India, sums it all . We might think that these RSS wadis are pro national. They never forget to call shudras lowly. They havent changed a bit. In one book they god sinned by creating negros. If this is the moral education then god save us. Why is that they keep pn blaming congress for ignoring India's great past. Never has congress ingored it. You can see all out textboosk glorifying our past and ofcourse some criticism along with it too. whats new with RSS is that we only preach mythology. If they want hindus to learn mythology, why dont they create seperate textbooks and make them compulsory?
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      Aditya
      Jan 1, 2015 at 5:12 am
      Do your research and then give a comment. Search in youtube and you will find number of talks by western scholars on research on Veda.
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        Aditya
        Jan 1, 2015 at 4:47 am
        Don't try to throw one word you know Mmrithi? Do you know the historical reasons for it? Did that doesn't exist in Egypt, Sumeria, Roman and Chinese and even in the modern world in form of cles?
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          Aditya
          Jan 1, 2015 at 5:17 am
          Gujarat is already way ahead of you guys. Hope you don't run into J&K type of situation where 500,000 Kashmiri Pundits had to live Kashmir valley within a week as per the deadline given by Islam Militants. I am sure you don't know about them! Please search google and then please read for your knowledge, While the North East is converted to all Christianity and now nobody even knows their original culture - including God and Goddesses within 70 years.
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            Aditya
            Jan 1, 2015 at 4:44 am
            How about Muslims killed millions - How do we compare this to Holocast?
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              Aditya
              Jan 1, 2015 at 4:59 am
              Wow did you know that Roman European empire of Antiquity that ended about 1800 years ago was ahead of medieval Europe till Renaissance between 14th to 17th AD. After the fall of Roman Empire in Europe to Renaissance about 1200 years Europe went back in knowledge and technologies and it is called as dark ages. Part was due to spread of Christianity where anything said contrary to bible was considered crime. e.g. Earth is flat, Sun goes around the earth, no evolution God Created Man and Earth in 5 days. If any person said anything else would be called heretic and could burnt alive on stake, Some scholars said that European Dark Ages was even made worst by Muslim invasion of Europe. Do search in youtube for European Dark Ages. Impact of Muslim invasion in Europe We definitely know muslim invasion destro education, universities such as Nalanda and many more. Before Muslim invasion people from form east Asia used to come to India to study. There are number of books by Chinese and east Asians who visited india that survived muslim invasion talk about India as center of learning. The Buddhism spread in east because of it. There is also second thinking that end of Ice Age 10,000 years ago destro potion in coastal regions. e.g. drowning of Dwarka, Altantis, Noah's Ark and so on - every old civilization talks about it. Lastly some think great battle of Mahabharata had a role in it too. e.g. the skeletons found in Indus Valley civilization are one of the most radioactive of all. Nobody know why?
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                Aditya
                Jan 1, 2015 at 4:42 am
                Wow! Check the Christian conversion when they come to talk to you. How they talk about old India. Not only this if you go out of India - Very few people compared India to China or Egypt of Iran/Irag. Before we got into IT - India was called land of snake charmers not of any research value
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                  Gumnam
                  Nov 15, 2015 at 3:33 am
                  I just cannot understand one thing. In 1947, Muslims were promised good life in stan, and it seemed too. But Muslims do not left India. In 1984, after severe macre of Sikh in Delhi, Sikh never left Delhi. In 1980's, even after Operation Blue Star etc, Sikh never left Punjab. Then, Why these people in Kashmir left their homeland, just by hearing warning. Also, what was Indian Army doing? Please no abuse. Just need to know the reasons.
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                    Gumnam
                    Nov 15, 2015 at 3:28 am
                    Today we have everything, Knowledge of Vedas and modern technology. Why not just replicate the old technology, like stem cell or make one flying Pushpak Viman to shut the mouths of critics.
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                      Gumnam
                      Nov 15, 2015 at 3:29 am
                      Today we have everything, Knowledge of Vedas and modern technology. Why not just replicate the old technology, like stem cell or make one flying Pushpak Viman to shut the mouths of critics.
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                        Kumar
                        Jul 16, 2015 at 7:21 am
                        Ha..good joke!! Priya may be using a chinese mobile loaded with apps and softwares created by teams in which Indian hardworking IT guys pla significant roles and u r claiming it as "christian technology"...Gosh joke of the century...I hope atlest u kw who started hotmail...Grow up kid before u make such comments and exposes your ignorance...Ignorance is not a crime!!! But don't misuse it in public..cheers
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                          Pankaj Doharey
                          Jan 7, 2015 at 7:11 am
                          Modi wrote the foreword for this book and maintains that "Lord Ram" flew the first plane. Such a vile nonsense. And now they are lying that it is optional, there are no optional subjects in 6-10 standard.
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                            Pankaj Doharey
                            Jan 7, 2015 at 7:19 am
                            Well they are also teaching that Mahatma hi was inated on October 30 when he was really inated on Jan 2, now why would anyone change that ? I am not sure but they are injecting vile political nonsense into our education system.
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                              priya
                              Jun 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm
                              it certainly look like that you know history. You are not even able to distinguish between history and mythology. If this is true then so is harry porter and spider man. You are using a computer to write on digital media both these are technology created by science and that too by christians or jew. You should avoid using their things and start using your mahabharat technology. You are hypocrite and dont want to open your eyes you use their technology, their economic system, their law, and their manufactured devices but still you tell the world that you are the best.
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                                priya
                                Jun 17, 2015 at 6:44 am
                                why not give them shed in gujrat. Well i tell you they are least like in gujrat not even there they not being liked in any other states too. One more question if gujrat is so developed why every gujrati is leaving to mumbai or USA. gujrat is not developed it is just a industrial zone.
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                                  subramanianramasamy
                                  Oct 8, 2015 at 9:31 pm
                                  Mis conception ofPhilosophy of science is evident here.
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                                    S.Suchindranath
                                    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:41 am
                                    It may be far too late to find the truth after 65 years of the Indian Republic, just as it is to discover and re build competence, integrity, accountability, principles and standards. The disease inflicted on India by the Nehru-hi Ambedkar Consution is irreversible. The Consutent embly (also known as Ambedkar under Nehru's hidden whip) plagiarized the Indian Consution from the Government of India Act (1935), a House of Lords Confection, that set out the British State as it was then, in response to the demand for home rule. The Right Honourable Srinivasa Shastri of the Servants of India Society was give the honorary le Right honourable (he could not be made a Lord) to enable him to represent Indian interests during this exercise. It was under this Act that Rajaji was elected Chief Minister of Madras Presidency. Sir Bhashyam Iyengar (Sir Bosham) wrote the rather giose and meaningless preamble that immediately delighted Nehru. Nehru and Ambedkar removed from the Act the notions of Defence, Foreign Policy and maintaining Standards of Propriety that were vested in the Crown Representative (Viceroy) and it seems India lost it forever thereafter. They then replaced the Council of Princes which was intended to provide continuity of culture, religious interests and local nuances and traditions insulated from Majoritarian Demographic Politics with the Rajya Sabha which became a sinecure or rogue's gallery for political patronage. They then included inequality under law (anathema to a democracy) and exceptions to the rule of law (anathema to a Republic) and the Many Nations Theory (anathema to the notion of a sovereign state) and came up with the monster that threatens Indian existence, the reservations-corruption, dalit-mughal Indian Consution that resembles George Orwell's "Animal Farm" (Four legs good, two legs bad" and "all animals are equal but some are more equal than others") more than any European or other Consution. Primarily this was all about looting and pering wealth and subverting the resources of the State for the exclusive pomp, pelf, pleasure, perversions and perpetuation of the new aristocracy that they had created i.e. the Neta-Babu-Cop-Milard-Crony-Kleptocracy and the Castes and Tribes they selected in this pursuit and the Christian, Moslem and Parsi religions that they favoured and protected. They followed through in 1952 by depriving the tribals from their right to free page and foraging through the Western Ghats, Dandakaranya, and Himalayas which started the Naxalite Movement and North East insurgencies to which they added fuel by de-recognising the matriarchal and matrileal systems of the North East and the South West along with the mischief of the Hindu Marriage Act, Succession Act and all that followed. The two combined created a vacuum of culture and tradition which in the North East was filled by Christianity and insurgency further accentuated by Nehru's hand picked Malayali Christian ICS Satraps who thought the North East was for their whim, pleasure, per and womanizing (rape). Manipur, which was even more cultured than Mysore in 1947 with the oldest written Consution in the Sub Continent revolted (naturally) and till this day every Manipuri family has one member under ground and under arms. In 1959 they took over the Hindu Temples and Religious Endowment establishments for the loot and per of their neo aristocracy including financing Haj Pilgrimages, tormented the traditional priests (their ries were never raised) and began the tradition of nationalizing and wallowing in other people's wealth that continues to this day. India is, perhaps, the last surviving Soviet franchise in the World. We even have that Nehru-hi brown nose Pranab Mukherjee who proposed "Retrospective" laws as recently as 2012 lolling in the Rashtra Potty Bhavan. The same year saw Parliament unanimously remove the truth from Government approved History text books and nationalize 20% of Private education (net of Minority educational insutions) after having dismantled Government primary and secondary education since 1947. (Before 1947, Mysore, Travancore and Baroda had universal primary education, nutrition and health). Indira hi's "Secularism" simply means "Not under Holy orders". This comes from the days when large swathes of property were owned and ruled over by prelates under "holy orders" of the "Holy Roman Empire" while the Christian laity or "serfs" toiled on the land as tax to prosper the Church and the Lords or Barons and Kings who kept order and "defended" the Church. Turly, the upper caste Hidnus are the sole disenfrachised excluded from the Consutional enlements and ptotections to deserve the status of Minority, Secular or "Serf".
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                                      ahmar
                                      Jul 29, 2014 at 3:32 am
                                      The writer wrote every thing but forget to provide the evidences, if we have every tging from tv to motor car than why archologist did not find any thing like, tv, motor car, or etc. This mean either all archologist are fool or the writer its self, the decision are on all wise people
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                                        ahmad vp
                                        Aug 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm
                                        don't worry...people should learn to learn, that is the basis of education..fact is always fact and truth will prevail always... so stay cool
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                                          Anand Kumar
                                          Jul 28, 2014 at 5:10 am
                                          About stem cells in Mahabharata, I cannot comment. But it is true that Dr BG Matapurkar was the first scientist ( then a surgeon in a Delhi Govt Hospital) who experimented with organ regeneration by using peritoneum and succeeded in creation of many organs in animal models before the stem cell research started. It was in 1980s or so, I do not exactly remember. An article about his this achievements was published in Span, a magazine published by USIS (United States Information Service) in New Delhi. He published his researches in several reputed Scientific journals. He also patented his techniques in India and abroad. I too wanted to bring his project to the Department of Reproductive Biology at the AIIMS, New Delhi, which I chair currently. But due to certain reasons could not collaborate with him. Newspapers should give credit to this doyen of India. I salute him. Anand Kumar, MD, FAMS, Professor and Head, Department of Reproductive Biology, AIIMS, New Delhi
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                                            ballam
                                            Jul 27, 2014 at 8:19 am
                                            poor girish-intellectual slave..if u dont believe it watch history channel(india does not broadcast this) ..there was a motive for german historians and scientisst to frequently visit india during british times..anyway i wont go further since the blind conviction u have is explicitly conve in ur messages
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