If Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma is to be believed, the profession of journalism started during Mahabharata and Narad Muni was like the modern-day search engine Google.
Dinesh Sharma, who was speaking at an event organised in Mathura on Wednesday to mark the ‘Hindi Journalism Day’, cited various instances from the Hindu epic Mahabharata to substantiate his claim.
The UP deputy chief minister said the mythological character Sanjaya, sitting at Hastinapur, narrated a bird’s eye view of the war of Mahabharata, to Dhritarashtra.
“Yeh live telecast nahi to aur kya hai (if it is not live telecast, then what is it ?),” Sharma asked.
Equating another mythological characterr, Narada, with the present-day Google, Dinesh Sharma said, “Your Google has started now, but our Google started long time back. ‘Narad Muni’ was the epitome of information. He could reach anywhere and transfer a message from one place to another by saying ‘Narayana’ three times.”
The BJP leaders have courted controversy by claiming that advance medical procedures like cataract, plastic surgery, even the gravitation theory, nuclear tests and the internet, have all started during ancient times.
On the ‘Hindi Journalism Day’, Sharma said one should remember one’s glorious past and history.
He lauded freedom of press in the country, while asserting that governments should be responsible for the safety and security of media persons.
The BJP leader also requested chief minister Yogi Adityanath to provide financial assistance to the kin of deceased journalists.
(With PTI inputs)