After claiming that Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is “scientifically wrong”, Minister of State for Human Resource Development (Higher Education) Satyapal Singh said that mantras codified the ‘laws of motion’ much before they were framed by Issac Newton.

Satyapal challenged Newton’s ‘law of motion’ and suggested that Vaastu compliance of educational buildings was important for learning and said that it is essential that traditional knowledge must be incorporated in our curriculum.

As per Hindustan Times news report, Singh statements surfaced after minutes of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting were released. Singh was speaking at 15 and 16 January, which was attended by several Union ministers and education ministers of most of Indian states.

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Earlier in January 2018, Satyapal Singh had courted controversy after he had claimed that Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution should be removed from school and college curriculum as it is “scientifically wrong”.

While attending the All India Vaidik Sammelan in Aurangabad, the minister had said that humans arrived on earth as humans and did not evolve from apes as Darwin claimed.

“Darwin’s theory (of evolution of humans) is scientifically wrong. It needs to change in school and college curriculum. Since the man is seen on Earth he has always been a man,” Satyapal had said.

The BJP MP from Baghpat in Haryana was appointed MoS HRD on 3 September 2017 following a Cabinet reshuffle. Before joining politics, Singh served as the Mumbai police commissioner

“No books we have read or the tales told to us by our grandparents had such a mention,” the minister added.

Developed by Darwin, a 19th century English naturalist, and others, Darwinism is a theory of biological evolution that states that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual’s ability to compete, survive, and reproduce.