Goa Science Congress on ‘ancient’ science to focus on Mahabharata aeroplane, invisible alloys, tribal steel from juice

Ancient science that has shot to prominence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi referring to some of them need to be researched, said the organiser of a three-day national-level science conference to be held in Goa from February 6.

Scientist Jayant Sahasrabuddhe, national organiser of the “Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan and Expo” said in Panaji that one did not need the Ganesha analogy to prove plastic surgery existed in ancient India, because “throughout the world, people have accepted Sushruta as the father of modern plastic surgery”.

102nd congressIn October last year, Modi during a speech in the national capital had linked Lord Ganesha, a revered Indian deity with a human body and the head of an elephant, to the science of plastic surgery.

“We worship Lord Ganesh. There must have been some plastic surgeon at that time who got an elephant’s head on the body of a human being and began the practice of plastic surgery,” Modi had said.

When asked if ancient science concepts similar to the one presented by Modi needed to be invested in and researched, Sahasrabuddhe, an Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay) alumnus, said: “Yes, certainly.”

“I don’t know about what happened with Ganesha, but it is common knowledge in all text books, not only in our country, but throughout the world that the father of plastic surgery is (sage) Sushruta.” Sage Sushruta was a medical practitioner, who practised the craft around 6th century BC.

The three-day conference will have scientists from over 24 states and two union territories converging to discuss both ancient as well as modern sciences.

Some of the key issues to be discussed include ancient alloys of the pre-Mahabharat period which could render flying machines from that era invisible to the naked eye. The event would also demonstrate how tribals from Madhya Pradesh manufactured steel using herbal juices as a catalyst in a wooden furnace using ancient and traditional wisdom.

“Bharadwaj rishi (sage) has mentioned that planes made with certain alloys can be made invisible. C.S.R. Prabhu has prepared that particular alloy in a modern laboratory. He will demonstrate that alloy which absorbs 80 percent of the incident light,” Sahasrabuddhe told reporters.

The reference to ancient planes at the forthcoming Sammelan comes a month after the Indian Science Congress in Mumbai discussed aviation technology in ancient India and how planes were invented by a sage.

Prabhu, a noted scientist according to the organiser, is expected to deliver a speech on Sage Bharadwaj’s book ‘Brihad Viman Shastra’ in which there are several references to aviation technology, including manufacturing alloys to make planes invisible to the naked eye as well as to the radar, according to Sahasrabuddhe.

Sahasrabuddhe, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay alumnus, also called for more funding for such projects.

The organiser also said that tribal artisans from Madhya Pradesh would also be present at the Goa conference to demonstrate the process of making steel from iron and herbal juices.”(With) juices from different herbs … they can make good steel,” he said.

The three-day conference, which will also exhibit models of Defence and Research Development Organisation manufactured Akash and Brahmos missiles, the Arjuna battle tank, 3-D radars, bomb disposal robots, Mangalyaan and Chandrayaan models, has four union cabinet ministers including Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, and Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar as chief patrons.

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