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Need international debate on Darwin’s theory of evolution, says Satyapal Singh

He said all kinds of scientists should be invited to the debate, evolutionists and Darwinists, and also "other kind of scientists."

By: PTI | Guwahati | Published: January 22, 2018 8:10 pm
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Union minister Satya Pal Singh on Monday stuck to his claim that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution of man is “not scientific” and called for an international debate on the issue to decide if it merits a place in school textbooks.

The minister of state for human resource development had stoked a controversy last week saying that our ancestors have nowhere mentioned that they saw an ape turning into a man, thereby casting doubts on Darwin’s evolution theory. Several scientists have come out against Darwin’s evolution theory and the comment he made last week was based on facts, Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting at IIT-Guwahati.

“I absolutely stand by my comment that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is not scientific. There is hardly any evidence to substantiate the theory. Great scientists of the world came out to say there is no evidence available in the world which can prove the theory of evolution is correct,” the minister said. “There has been no ‘evolution’ or ‘destiny’. There is only ‘being’. Evidence has come out against the theory,” Singh said, giving out a list of international scientists since Darwin’s time who opposed his theory of evolution.

Asked if the Centre will delete references to Darwin’s theory from textbooks, the minister said, “I propose, if the Ministry of Human Resource Development is ready to sponsor a world-level international conference to decide what is true and factual and that must be taught in schools and colleges.” He said all kinds of scientists should be invited to the debate — evolutionists and Darwinists, and also “other kind of scientists”.

“They (scientists) are saying no we cannot see evolution is taking place because it happened millions of years ago. You can find the evidence in the fossils. There are billions of fossils, not even in one fossil in intermediate evolutionary stage has been found,” Singh claimed.

Blaming the media for fuelling a controversy over his statement, Singh said the issue calls for debate and not controversy. “In the last 100 years, many evidences have come out against the theory, in favour hardly anybody. It is not my statement. So many world scientists have said it,” Singh, the former Mumbai Police Commissioner, said.

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  1. Prince Aviraj
    Jan 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    Satyapal Singh u r stupid minister of BJP GOVERNMENT. U r uncultured also. As a science student I want to any prove against about the Darwin's theory
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      Geetha Ranga
      Jan 23, 2018 at 11:05 am
      I am scientist in Biological sciences and have more than6 dozen papers in national and international journals. I was a bit surprised when the Hon.Minister Sri.Satyapal Sigh stated that Darwin's theory is not based on Scientific factors.The science of genetics which says how mutation can causes species variations and thereby giving rise to better performers for future.Darwin emphatically stated the theory of 'Survival of est,fleetest and cleverest.'which inshort illustrates how over billions of years the homosapiens must have evolved from simple apes.
      1. N
        Jan 23, 2018 at 3:05 am
        yes, we need an International debate so we can waste public money and show ourselves in our Saffron monkey robes and hog the mike for hours to talk totally off subject all nonsense about how great India was a million years ago just to feel tight in the desi chaddi. needs to be stripped of his Indian citizenship so others are not labeled along with him. He belongs in a jungle as is.
        1. P
          Jan 23, 2018 at 2:00 am
          I support Modi BJP. But, I ask for BJP to stop taking in people like Satyapal. BJP needs to kick out Shatrughan Sinha, Jaswant Sinha Arun Shourie. This Advani coterie is working against Modi day night. They want to use elements like Satyapal to give a bad name to BJP, Modi RSS. Advani is miffed that he could never become the PM of India. He even went and sang paens at the altar of Jinnah to appease muslims. Nothing worked. Advani his coterie are just petty, low minded people. Kick 'em out!
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            S Gowrishankar
            Jan 23, 2018 at 12:39 am
            It hurts people when we question the western theories or so called theories. There are many people on earth who do not agree with Charles Darwin. The current minister is one more to criticise Darwin. Why we should not criticise Darwin? Darwin's theory does not prove how human beings have evolved into speaking animals? How did the human beings evolve to smile? Darwin's theory does not explain. There are other factors that negate Darwin's theory. So if the Minister does not believe in Darwin's theory, it cannot be questioned as there is merit in it.
            1. Krishna Bhagawan
              Jan 23, 2018 at 12:58 am
              Hinduism agrees with in Darwins theory. Educate yourself of s: en.wikipedia /wiki/Avatar#Avatars_of_Vishnu
              1. P
                Jan 23, 2018 at 2:04 am
                Wikipedia is not the repository of the one only truth. Nowhere in the world is wikipedia used as ultimate proof. What your provide here is metaphysical in nature. Not valid scientific proof. The irony is you sound like Satyapal Singh too.
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