Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said that India’s traditional knowledge and its scientists have made valuable contributions to society but sometimes people “hesitate to feel” about the nation’s greatness and ancient wisdom.
He referred to a book written long ago about what foreigners had said about the greatness of India. He was speaking at the ‘National Conference on Bhumi Suposhan – approach and practises to enrich soil for sustainable agriculture’ organised by Eklavya Foundation and others in Hyderabad, yesterday.
The minister recalled that a top official of the World Health Organisation, who was a doctor of modern system of medicine, had hailed the strength of India’s traditional medicine, Ayurveda, the country’s medicinal plants and their usefulness.
Quoting from a handwritten letter written by Marconi’s grandson at the Bose Centre in Kolkata, Mr Vardhan said Marconi’s grandson had hailed renowned Indian scientist J C Bose for his pioneering work in wireless communication.
The minister spoke about Ayurveda for its effectiveness in medical treatment and referred to research on ‘Panchgavya.’