Former Uttarakhand CM and BJP MP Ramesh Pokhriyal courted controversy after he declared that astrology is superior to science.
Speaking during a debate in the Parliament on a Bill to give more powers to the School of Planning and Architecture, Pokhriyal said, “Jyotish is a science to make calculations lakhs of years in advance. All other sciences dwarf in front of astrology. It should be taken forward as Jyotish science is number one in the world. There should be a debate on the subject.” The bill was passed by a voice vote.
Pokhriyal added that lakhs of years back, Sage Kanad had conducted a nuclear test. “Our knowledge and science do not lack anything,” he said.
Nishank also referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier remarks on the existence of genetic science during prehistoric times. Modi had said that genetic science and plastic surgery explains the the creation of Karna and Lord Ganesha.
“People raised questions on Modiji’s comments on Ganesh’s surgery. It was actually a surgery. The science or knowledge to transplant a severed head existed only in India,” said Nishank.
His comments elicited strong response from opposition benches with MPs protesting against what they termed as ‘regressive remarks’.