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Stop Teaching Darwin’s Theory as It Is Scientifically Wrong: Union Minister Satyapal Singh

‘Nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man,’ he said.

HRD Minister Satyapal Singh. Credit: PTI

Singh has called for the curriculum in schools to be changed. Credit: PTI

Aurangabad: Union minister Satyapal Singh has claimed that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution of man is “scientifically wrong” and it needs to be changed in school and college curriculum.

Singh, the minister of state for human resource development, said our ancestors have nowhere mentioned that they saw an ape turning into a man.

“Darwin’s theory (of evolution of humans) is scientifically wrong. It needs to change in school and college curriculum. Since the man is seen on Earth he has always been a man,” he said while speaking to reporters on January 19.

The IPS officer-turned-politician was in this central Maharashtra city to attend the ‘All India Vaidik Sammelan’.

“Nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man,” he said.

“No books we have read or the tales told to us by our grandparents had such a mention,” the minister added.

Darwinism is a theory of biological evolution that states that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual’s ability to compete, survive, and reproduce.

It was developed by Darwin, a 19th century English naturalist, and others.

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  • ashok759

    Only the most erudite individuals can make it to HRD.

  • Anjan Basu

    Satyapal Singh seems to be the right fit for the HRD Minister’s position in a cabinet led by a man who claimed – – at the Science Congress, no less– that Indians had mastered plastic surgery in Vedic times.

  • Anjan Basu

    “Modi and Satpal were just saying things based on what has been taught to us”. You are dead right when you say that. I count myself lucky, though, that I don’t belong to the ‘us’ you refer to here. Indeed I am glad that such precious bits of knowledge remain unfamiliar to me. For once, ignorance is truly bliss for me.

  • Yogendra Ray

    Mr. learned minister, please take back your commets for the sake of your nana-nani otherwise many question about your own evolution will prove questionable.

  • Anjan Basu

    It is amusing how true Santana ( or is it, ‘Santana’, as you write?) Dharma ideologues like yourself are so fond of four-letter words of the ‘sh…’ variety. Unfortunately, not being a genuine Santana Dharmaite, I cannot, and will not, respond in kind. But your entire argument is an extended oxymoron ( is absurd, I would have said, but for the fact that I am afraid more Sanatan swear words would be thrown at me then): you say Modi never said ‘that head transplant thing (with Ganesha) was a fact’; but you go on to say that the Vedas ‘explained Ganesha’s head transplant in a (sic) intricate manner’. So, the head transplant ‘thing’ is a fact because it finds a mention in the Vedas, and Modi did indeed ( as you say) refer to it — but yet Modi did not talk about the transplant as a ‘fact’! So, was he poking fun at the Vedas ( God forbid such an eventuality)? Or was he using his knowledge of the Vedas only as a jumla in favour of India’s Saffron Sciencitific Revolution ( God forbid such an eventuality also, because Modi, being a Sanatana Dharmaite ( as you believe he is) could certainly not be a jumla-baaz)?

  • Anjan Basu

    Point well taken : I am both ‘ a( sic) ignorant fool’ and ‘ a bigoted person’. Oh yes, I am also a ‘hater’. And you have ‘concrete proof’ of all these qualities residing in me. How charming! Satpal Singh could not figure out how apes could evolve into humans, but it is not difficult for me to visualise how men can go back to being apes — -because I am witnessing such a transformation before my very eyes.