Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD), Satyapal Singh on Saturday objected Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution once again. The minister had earlier claimed that Darwin’s theory was “scientifically wrong” as there was no mention of ape transforming into a human in India’s ancient ‘Nana-Nani tales’. Considering himself as an educated politician, Satyapal Singh claimed that he is not a “child of monkey”.
The controversial statement made by the minister in January about Darwin’s Theory drew criticism from several people including Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar who responded, “I have asked him(Satyapal Singh) to refrain from making such comments. We should not dilute science.”
Responding to criticisms, Singh said at a book release function, “I am a Science student, and I have done PhD. I understand science. People who want to speak against me will speak, but there were many who rallied behind me, supporting what I said.” Satyapal Singh, also the former Mumbai police commissioner, asserted that he is always for the truth and is confident that people will accept his point of view, “if not today, tomorrow, or may be 10-20 years later”. Singh said that people are “worried about what the newspapers (and critics) write”.
The BJP MP from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, Singh, has assured that a new education system will be implemented by the government soon. He said, “We consider (study) the books that make children see their fathers as useless kinds…it say our ancestors were monkeys, that we are children of monkeys.” Singh wished that the theory of evolution be not taught in schools and colleges in India and stated, “not as a joke but after putting serious thought into it”.
He further blamed the current education system for not inculcating the values of Indian culture. Then he boasted, “Politicians are not so educated. There are not many like me…. I am an educated politician and I am proud of it. Even after studying in universities, I have knowledge about Bharatiya sankriti (Indian culture).”