Harsh Vardhan cites fake claim attributing Stephen Hawking's comment on Vedas
Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday claimed that scientist Stephen Hawking, who died on Wednesday, had said the Vedas have a theory superior to Albert Einstein's E=mc^2 equation on the theory of relativity.
"We recently lost a renowned scientist, cosmologist Stephen Hawking. He also emphatically said on record that our Vedas might have a theory which is superior to the Einstein's theory of e=mc^2," Vardhan said in his speech.
Asked to disclose the source to buttress his claim, Vardhan told reporters, "You find the source. He had on record said that there is a possibility that Vedas have a better formula than the one given by Einstein. You also work a bit on this (to find this source),"
He told the reporters that could get back to him in Delhi if they failed in their research.
"I have said this in an open forum. I thought he needs to be remembered (on the occasion)."
#ISC2018 –Each and every custom and ritual of Hinduism is steeped in science; every modern Indian achievement is a continuation of our ancient scientific achievement. Even Stephen Hawking said, our Vedas might have a theory superior to Einstein’s law E=MC2. @moefcc @IndiaDST pic.twitter.com/QP9PbLElCd— Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) March 16, 2018
A Google search on Stephen Hawking and Vedas throws open several links, one of which, www.servveda.org , makes the claim. The website is hosted by the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas.
The portal also claims that the organisation I-SERVE is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.
Einstein's theory of relativity is a critical contribution to modern physics.
Following minister's speech, Alt News searched for all the claims prior to 2011 about Hawking, Einstein and E=mc^2 and the Facebook page of hari.scientist shows up as the original source. This was originally pointed out by @sandygrains who is the science editor with the online news portal ThePrint. The above article from serveveda.org too was sourced from this Facebook page.
The fact-checking site looked up Stephen Hawking's website to see if there is any reference to the Vedas but did not find a single mention.
Several claims made in past editions of the Indian Science Congress have come under criticism by the scientific community for not being backed by empirical evidence.
For instance, a lecture in the 102nd Indian Science Congress held in Mumbai examined ancient aviation technology in the Vedas and claimed that aeroplanes existed in India 7,000 years ago and they travelled from one country to another and from one planet to another.
The Indian Science Congress is an annual science carnival, which is attended by students, academicians and top scientists from India and the world over.
OneIndia News (with PTI inputs)