Narendra Modi didn’t disappoint with his speech at the Ambani family event in Mumbai. CNN-IBN’s keen news sense and brilliant editorial discretion not only gave us insights into public health and medical science, it also ensured the exclusive 2 hours were high on TRPs because you know, Modi and cameras. The speech was as entertaining as his others (except the boring one here). The medical expertise the Prime Minister displayed were the highlights of this speech.
The two standout moments being when he said “Hum Ganeshji ki pooja karte hain. Koi to plastic surgeon hoga us zamaane mein jisne manushya ke shareer par haathi ka sar rakh karke plastic surgery ka prarambh kiya hoga.” Although to attach an elephant’s head onto a human body you’d need more than plastic surgery. No Modiji, Rhinoplasty doesn’t mean that a Rhino’s head is attached on a human body. It’s the technical phrase for a nose job. Rhis, nose + plassein, to shape.
And there was this. “Medical science ki duniya mein hum garv kar sakte hain ki hamara desh kisi samay mein kya tha. Mahabharat mein Karna ki katha, hum sab Karna ke vishay mein Mahabharat mein padhte hain. Lekin kabhi hum thoda sa aur sochna shuru karen to dhyaan mein aayega ki Mahabharat ka kehna hai ki Karna maa ki god se paida nahi hua tha. Iska matlab ye hua ki us samay genetic science maujood tha.Tabhi to Karna, maa ki god ke bina, uska janma hua hoga.”
There was a Dr. Dhaniram Baruah who had claimed to have successfully transplanted a pig’s body parts into a human being in 1998 when I worked at Newstrack. My colleague traveled to Assam to do a story on this. She met with him and apparently his patient stayed alive for a few hours with a pig heart and pig lungs but died later. Dr. Baruah was arrested and most people agreed that he was a little insane. He insisted to my colleague that he is perfectly sane, has scientific proof of his genius (like dead patients) and is being framed. I saw the video footage. He was very articulate and seemed perfectly sane. I have no idea where or how he is now. He could be considered as a medical adviser in the present government. Just saying.
So if we are to take Modiji’s word that science had made such breakthroughs during the era of Lord Ram and the Mahabharat, there are so many other things that could have happened that would have changed the course of history (or mythology for you cynical non-believers).
History could have been so very different. If only they had used all that technology at their disposal.