When Parrikar Turned Mythological Teacher to Defence Scientists

Published: 24th September 2015 03:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2015 03:18 AM   |  A+A-

Parrikar-PTI

The striking ex-servicemen have already forwarded a memorandum to Parrikar demanding imppementation of OROP. | (File/PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Giving mythological lessons to defence scientists, defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said the ancient sages of the country were "probably great scientists".

Parrikar also asked the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to learn from "rishis" the art of being humble and overcoming jealousy and anger.

Underscoring the need for educated people to be humble, the defence minister said the "rishis" of yore were "probably great scientists".

Parrikar, who was speaking at the the 39th Directors' Conference of DRDO here, said he would not like to get into a controversy whether "rishis" were scientists or spiritual.

Before he spoke about "rishis", Parrikar said he would like to touch on an issue which should not be taken in a wrong sense. "I always believe that power enhances with restraint and education enhances with humility."

Giving the example of mythological rishi Dadhichi, Parrikar said he provided Indra with "vajra" (a mythical indestructible weapon).

"They say that he made it out of his bone but I think he would have probably done some scientific research to develop a metal which provided that kind of superior technology. So you can classify him into a scientist. But the major difference that I find in those days and today is that rishis had control over ego, control over anger. These are very important for an educated person," Parrikar said.

The minister said education does not have any value if it does not come with integrity.

"For a educated person, to have humility is one of the most important virtue. I think the scientist community should choose to make it part of their overall behaviour and set up. This one aspect ... I see many tussles. Politics is done everywhere but is also being sometimes played in a wrong sense. I understand you have high aspirations," he said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp