Kolkata: Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in an interaction with students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur on Tuesday claimed that ‘Ram Setu’ was built by Indian engineers during ancient times.
The HRD Minister was addressing at the 65th convocation of IIT Kharagpur. “Do we have any doubts that we had good engineers in ancient times? For example, who built the 'Ram Setu'? Was it built by engineers from US, Britain, and Germany? No… Ram Setu was built by our engineers,” he said.
In his speech, he also claimed that Sanskrit was the world’s oldest language and Lord Shiva saved the world by consuming poison and is therefore known as ‘Neel Kantha’.
“In future, if we develop ‘bolnewala’ computers (talking computers), then you have to prove it (through research) that Sanskrit is the most scientific and appropriate language for talking computers,” he said while terming Sanskrit as ‘dev vani’ (voice of god).
In another comment on the water crisis he said, “People call us ‘Lakir ka Fakir’ (conservative) because we call River Ganges 'ma' and trees ‘devata’ (god). See today, the world is facing an acute water crisis because we failed to protect our ‘ma’. “