"I have a list of around 10-15 great scientists of the world who have said there is no evidence to prove that the theory of evolution is correct", Singh added. The National Award-winning actor, who is in news these days for his political comments, referred to Union Minister's comment as "reverse" Darwin theory. If I'm making a statement I can't make it without a basis.
The theory of evolution, put forth by English naturalist Charles Darwin in 1859 through his famous book "Origin of Species" is widely taught in schools and colleges, that the human species evolved from apes. "In the last 100 years, many evidences have come out against the theory, in favour hardly anybody".
Singh, the minister of state for human resource development, said our ancestors have nowhere mentioned that they saw an ape turning into a man.
The minister further said there is no evolution or destiny.
The three academies are the Indian National Science Academy, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Indian Academy of Science.
Ameek Bhalla, a Ph.D. student in Life Sciences from IISc, seconded the general sentiment among his peers on the lack of logic behind the Minister's statement.
Indian scientists, working in the country or overseas, also wrote a letter titled "In support of evolution" addressing the minister, in which they said they were "pained" by his claim, which was an "insult to genuine research work".
Several prominent scientists of the country wrote an open letter addressed to the minister, where they urged him to "retract the reported speech at the All India Vedic Sammelan with immediate effect and issue a clarification about the ministry's policy towards teaching the theory of evolution". There is no scientific dispute about the basic facts of evolution.
'Nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man, ' he said..
"The statement claiming Vedas had answers to all questions is exaggerated and insult to genuine research work on the history of Indian scientific traditions".
"When a minister working for Human Resource Development in the country makes such claims, it harms the scientific community's efforts to propagate scientific thoughts and rationality through critical education and modern scientific research", it said.