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.
Tripura Chief Minister’s observations about the happenings of the Puranic period are topical. It is virtually impossible to conceive of devices like ‘Divya drishti’,Pushpaka Ratha’,etc without some kind of prototype and study thereon
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) April 18, 2018
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:
— Karthik Shankar (@kookykarthik) April 18, 2018
And of course there were Mughal mentions;
And, then Babur refused to pay the electricity bill & it was disconnected. https://t.co/4AMiAUDgLF
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) April 18, 2018
While some were looking for lost USB sticks from the past;
It is true. This pen drive containing the entire text as saved by Vyasa was discovered at Hastinapur. pic.twitter.com/1MKr0zVOzD
— Farrogo Fakir Modi (@sickularmodi) April 18, 2018
Some pointed out the diversion from issues like the innumerable rape cases:
It’s amazing that BJP has found an important task for Tripura’s new CM, which is, “Go ahead, be an asshole and say outright stupid stuff. We need as many diversions as possible, away from #Kathua “ https://t.co/fMkUi3BwLn
— The Last Caveman (@CarDroidusMax) April 18, 2018
While some really brought out the stark reality:
If Internet had existed during the Mahabharata, the molestation would have been on camera, culprits arrested, later out on bail. Draupadi invited it because she laughed at Duryodhana, also on camera. https://t.co/bqNPaa5LD9
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) April 18, 2018
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.
This raises a few questions. Why didn't Abhimanyu ask Quora how to escape the Chakravyuha? Why did Sanjay narrate the Kurukshetra War when Siri could have done it? Also, Krishna really should have streamed the Bhagavad-Gita on Facebook Live. https://t.co/vrauX1UIpZ #Mahabharata
— Audrey Truschke (@AudreyTruschke) April 17, 2018
And you know, they say Gandhari chose to blindfold herself. She really just joined the #DeleteFacebook movement and so lost touch with everyone.
— Audrey Truschke (@AudreyTruschke) April 17, 2018
The country may have been running out of cash, but the jokes just weren’t:
but clearly the brilliant aryaputras are still learning how to print currency notes https://t.co/3ukawtxooR
— Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) April 18, 2018
Sanjay narrating current situation on cash crunch & violence against Women during Mahabharata to the blind King Dhritarashtra.(420 BCE) pic.twitter.com/PjRu9OSuQ0
— History of India (@RealHistoryPic) April 18, 2018
Even the consulting editor of Swarajya couldn’t resist to sit this one out.
Agree. What didn't exist during the Mahabharata period, though, was total unrestrained cataclysmic nutty as a fruitcake unhinged batshit STUPIDITY.
I repeat. This government might go down in history as one with the BEST collection of muppets EVER given a job to run the nation. pic.twitter.com/c0SQje1eQu
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) April 18, 2018