Biplab Deb, who is the chief minister of the north-eastern state of Tripura, made the comments at a public function on Tuesday evening. He cited an example from the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata to prove his point, but has not found many takers. "Tripura CM Biplap Deb" is trending on Twitter, with many Indians mocking him. Mr Deb, in fact, joins a fairly long list of Indian ministers in the current Hindu nationalist BJP government - including Prime Minister Narendra Modi - who have claimed many modern-day scientific or technological achievements were invented many centuries ago.
Story first published: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 11:00 [IST]