- An Indian minister who has claimed that the internet was invented thousands of years ago by ancient Indians is being ridiculed
- “Tripura CM Biplap Deb” is trending on Twitter, with many Indians mocking him
A chief minister from India who claimed that the internet and satellite communications existed in India thousands of years ago is being met with ridicule.
Biplab Deb, who is the chief minister of the north-eastern state of Tripura, made the comments at a public function on Tuesday evening.
To prove his point, he cited an example from the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata but he has not found many believers.
“India has been using internet since ages. In Mahabharata, Sanjay was blind but he narrated what was happening in the battlefield to Dhritarashtra anyway. This was due to internet and technology. Satellite also existed during that period,” Deb said as per a story by The Economic Times.
The minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) then argued that despite claims by Western societies, the internet was reportedly their invention; that India actually created the technology.
After his statement, “Tripura CM Biplap Deb” exploded on Twitter; with Indians around the world ridiculing the minister and mocking him in his logic.
Agree with Tripura CM Biplab Deb . pic.twitter.com/5WBouxnnDe
— Md Asif Khan (@imMAK02) April 18, 2018
Tripura CM Biplab Deb is correct, satellite, Internet, laptops did exist during Mahabarta era, here is the proof! pic.twitter.com/bjI7oO2kra
— Irony Of India (@IronyOfIndia_) April 18, 2018
Tripura CM Biplap Deb said that there was Internet during Mahabharata. I guess this is what the chats were like. ?@BjpBiplab @BJP4India @BJPTripura @narendramodi @RajnathSingh_in pic.twitter.com/wWPPkCMQcs
— X Chophika Sümi (@chophika_sumi) April 18, 2018