A month after Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb claimed internet and sophisticated satellite communication systems existed during the Mahabharata days, now Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore has said that the application of technology was “evident” in Ramayana, when Lord Rama built a ‘setu’ (bridge) to reach Lanka.

While speaking at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Mohali on the National Technology Day, Badnore said that the application of technology was “evident in ancient times when Lord Rama built a setu across the sea and Hanuman ji brought Sanjeevni booti for Lakshman”. He further added that “many advanced weapons” were used during that time.

Punjab Governor asked the faculty and the young scientists at NIPER to work towards expanding innovation and knowledge-sharing in the field of pharmaceutical sciences.

Recently, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb during an event in Agartala had claimed that internet and satellite communication was prevalent during Mahabharata days, citing Sanjay, the charioteer of blind king Dhritarashtra, giving live commentary of the battle between the Pandavas and the Kauravas to the king, while they sat at the palace.

Deb, a graduate in Humanities from Tripura University, drew sharp ridicule from his opponents, academicians and social media users, who termed the statements “unscientific”, “illogical” and “retrogressive”.

However, Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy defended Deb, saying his observations were topical.

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Biplab Deb despite receiving criticism from different quarters stood by his comments.