[INDOLOGY] Controversy over Indian Science Congress to include panel On Pushpaka Vimanas

Michael Witzel witzel at fas.harvard.edu
Mon Dec 29 14:06:29 UTC 2014

Modi was serious. And that at a scientific meeting!


(starts after a few seconds)

(in Hindi)

He also talked about genetics (artificial insemination and birth outside the womb)….

As for Vedic "plastic surgery,"  an Indian colleague remarked: 

a human neck is maximally only about 8 inches thick, but an elephant's... How did the Vedic plastic surgeons manage that? 

On Dec 29, 2014, at 8:46 AM, Harry Falk wrote:

> Aeroplanes are not the only outcome of science of ancient India.
> According to a south-asian friend it was PM Mody who in a very recent
> speech said that cosmetic surgery was invented in India and gave Ganesh as
> a prime example of it!
> With ample scope for refining the science, meseems.
> Does any one know if the PM was serious about this or was this meant as a
> joke?
> H. Falk

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