MUMBAI: The second day of the Indian Science Congress hosted at the University of Mumbai on Sunday saw a lecture examining ancient aviation technology in the Vedas.
A pamphlet about Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, who Captain Anand J Bodas, the controversial retired principal of a pilot training institute, described as the first man to build and fly an aircraft in the modern era, was distributed to the audience. It says Talpade could not expand his work on the Vedic Vimana as he did not receive support from the British government.
Other speakers were of the view that the ancient science theory needs to be tested with modern technology. “Sanskrit texts have tremendous potential that needs to be explored and researched further. Scientists and Sanskritists must work together to innovate,” said Gauri Mahulikar, head of the department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai.
Describing India’s contribution to medical science, Dr Ashwin Sawant said the Susrut Samhita is the first text of surgery created not later than 1,500 BC in India. “India had realised the importance of anatomy for accurate surgery, long before the Greeks and were dissecting the human body to gain anatomical knowledge, at least, a millennium before Hippocrates,” said Sawant. The event ended with a brief meditation session by Brahma Kumaris and chanting of Vande Mataram.