Tripura CM blasts people for criticizing his 'internet-during-Mahabharata' comment
Following up on his comment on the internet existing during the Mahabharata era, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb has now added to his woes by blasting critics for making fun of his ridiculous statement. On Tuesday, the CM had said that the story of the 18-day Kurukshetra war was relayed by narrator Sanjay to the blind king Dhritarashtra with the help of internet technology. Here's more.
"They want to belittle their own nation and think highly of other countries. Believe the truth. Don't get confused and don't confuse others," said Biplab Deb to news agency ANI, lashing out at people who criticized his comments.
Speaking at a Regional Workshop on Computerization and Reforms in Agartala, Biplab Kumar Deb said that internet technology and satellites were invented "lakhs of years ago" by Indians. He "congratulate[d]" National Informatics Centre (NIC) for their work, but added that they were using tech invented much, much earlier. Deb also extended his gratitude towards PM Modi for turning India's focus towards digitization.
"Yeh desh wo desh hai, jisme Mahabharat mein Sanjay ne bethke Dhritarashtra ko yudh me kya ho raha tha bol raha tha. Iska matlab technology tha, internet tha, satellite tha," said Deb in his speech at the workshop.
The origin of the internet, as we know it, dates back to the 1960s. The internet was born out of research commissioned by the US federal government to build robust communication with computer networks. The networks produced from this research, starting from ARPANET, initially had military functions. In the 1990s, linking of commercial networks and enterprises led to the birth of the modern internet.