ON AKSHAYA TRITIYA A DIFFERENT MAHABHARAT WAS SCRIPTED ON THE INTERNET The Tripura Governor came out with one tweet blazing defense of the Tripura Chief Minister who while talking at a regional workshop on Public Distribution System in Agartala, said the Internet was invented "lakhs of years ago" and that the technology and satellites were present during the period of Mahabharata.

ON AKSHAYA TRITIYA A DIFFERENT MAHABHARAT WAS SCRIPTED ON THE INTERNET

Akshaya Tritiya is an auspicious day of the birthday of Lord Parasurama who is the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

According to one legend, Ved Vyasa began reciting the Hindu epic Mahabharata to Ganesha on Akshaya Tritiya, while another legend states that river Ganges descended to earth on this day.

One of many ironies of the current state in India is that it was also the day when laughter was flowing through the river of the internet, with even the ‘right’ minded adding their bit on the inauspicious comment of the newly appointed Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Debs.

Some like the infamously and proudly Right wing, Governor of Tripura, Tathagata Roy wasn’t one of them.

The Tripura Governor came out with one tweet blazing defense of the Tripura Chief Minister who while talking at a regional workshop on Public Distribution System in Agartala,  said the Internet was invented “lakhs of years ago” and that the technology and satellites were present during the period of Mahabharata.

 

Biplab Deb is the latest in the line of many from BJP-RSS who have made epic claims of grandiose proportion about the scientific nature of the Vedic past. Just last month, Union Minister for Science & Tech Dr Harsh Vardhan said that “Hawking has emphatically said on record that our Vedas might have a theory which is superior to Einstein’s theory of E=mc^2” during his speech at the 105th Indian Science Congress in Imphal on March 16.

The scientific temper has become so low or recurring that The Print has started the HoaXposed feature which will now also track leaders or people of prominence trying to peddle their personal beliefs as scientific truth.

 

Coming back to the Internet, and its prodigal champion, the social media all in all gave Biplab enough lesson in alternative history to stay clear of the strange theories cooked in whichever lab of thought he got it from.

 

Here are a few bits;

 

 

Some people on twitter left their filters as they imagined the  mythical scenes in a modern-day setting:

 

 

And of course there were Mughal mentions;

 

 

While some were looking for lost USB sticks from the past;

 

Some pointed out the diversion from issues like the innumerable rape cases:

 

 

 

While some really brought out the stark reality:

 

 

Historian Audrey Truschke – the author of Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court and Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth – went ahead to do an entire thread on this.

 

 

 

 

The country may have been running out of cash, but the jokes just weren’t:

 

 

 

Even the consulting editor of Swarajya couldn’t resist to sit this one out.