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As many have forgotten the outcome of Goa Science Congress four years ago, two new Indian scientists have resurfaced claiming what Indians have long been claiming but fail to prove. The fictious claims about Mahabharata and Ramayana may seen realistic now but set aside for reasons of no scientific proof.  Undanted, Indian Science Congress comes out with one or two such papers every year. 

This year, it was the occasion for Kannan Jegathala Krishnan, an Indian-origin Australian scientist, who has claimed that renowned physicists like Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking were wrong in their assumptions and findings. He is claiming that the 21st century belongs to him, in the same way the 20th century belonged to  Einstein.

Kannan Jegathala Krishnan to emerge as the scientist of the 21st century?

The scientist made these outlandish claims during his recent talk with the Indian Express Sunday. Kannan who has a Ph.D. in 'renewable energy systems' from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Victoria University, Melbourne argued that a degree in physics is not at all a pre-requisite for making milestone discoveries.

"I am a better physicist than any of them because my research will answer all the questions about physics. Why do you need a degree for knowledge? The 20th century was that of Einstein, and in some years, this century will be ... mine," said Kannan Jegathala Krishnan.

Kannan Jegathala Krishnan recently faced severe criticisms from social media users and scientific experts after he delivered a speech at the Children's Science Congress on January 04. During the speech, Kannan blatantly dismissed Einstein's theory of relativity, Newton's law of gravity and Hawings theories about black holes.

Interestingly, Professor G Nageshwara Rao also made similar comments during his speech at the Science Congress. During the speech, Rao argued that Kauravas depicted in Mahabharata epic were actually test-tube babies created using stem cell technology. He claimed that no mother can deliver 100 babies unless until she used stem cell technology.

Rao also added that Asura King 'Raavana' had more than 24 types of aircraft with him, and the 'Pushpaka Vimana' was just one among them.

Social media reaction

The comments from Rao also racked up widespread negative criticisms, and many social media users alleged that top scientists like Rao becoming the mouthpiece of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an attempt to promote Hindutva agenda. 

A few months back, Biplab Kumar, BJP's Tripura Chief Minister had also faced similar criticisms after he commented about the existence of the internet during the time of Mahabharata. As per Biplab Kumar, without the invention of the internet, Sanjaya could not have detailed the war proceedings to Drutharashtra, the Kaurava king.