Minister claims internet was invented in India

Nigeria’s internet subscribers drop by 606,000 by January 2017

A minister has claimed that the internet was invented thousands of years ago by ancient Indians.

Biplab Deb, who is the Chief Minister of the North-Eastern State of Tripura, made the comments at a public function on Tuesday evening.

He cited an example from the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata to prove his point, but has not found many takers.

Mr Deb, in fact, joins a fairly long list of Indian ministers in the current Hindu nationalist BJP government – including Prime Minister Narendra Modi – who have claimed many modern-day scientific or technological achievements were invented many centuries ago.

In 2014 Mr Modi told a gathering of doctors and medical staff at a Mumbai hospital that cosmetic surgery existed in ancient India.

More recently, in September, junior education minister Satyapal Singh raised a few eyebrows when he claimed that the airplane was first mentioned in the ancient Hindu Epic Ramayana.

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