We rarely write about what’s going on outside of the West, because other ways of thinking are unfamiliar to us, and our own creationists provide enough entertainment. But things are quiet today, so we’ll mention something that’s getting a lot of headlines.
This appears in The Statesman, published in Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. The newspaper has a comments feature. Their headline is MoS HR Satyapal Singh calls Darwin’s theory ‘scientifically wrong’. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development [that’s the “MoS HR” from the headline] Satyapal Singh claimed on Friday, 19 January, that Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution should be removed from school and college curriculum. The reason? According to Singh, Darwin’s theory is “scientifically wrong”.
We can hear the cheers in Seattle (Discoveroid headquarters) and Kentucky (where ol’ Hambo is located). Here’s more:
Speaking to reporters in Aurangabad, the minister said that humans arrived on earth as humans, and did not evolve from apes as Darwin claimed. “Darwin’s theory (of evolution of humans) is scientifically wrong. It needs to change in school and college curriculum. Since the man is seen on Earth he has always been a man,” he said while speaking to reporters on Friday in Aurangabad.
This is great stuff. Let’s read on:
The BJP MP [whatever that is] from Baghpat in Haryana was appointed MoS HRD on 3 September 2017 following a Cabinet reshuffle. Before joining politics, Singh served as the Mumbai police commissioner.
Ah, he’s a policeman. One more excerpt:
Singh claimed that ancient Indian texts do not mention anything about apes turning into humans. “No books we have read or the tales told to us by our grandparents had such a mention,” the minister added.
It’s unlikely that we’ll ever post any follow-up to this because we never look for news in Asia, but it’s interesting to see that Darwin has detractors elsewhere.
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