India is a strange land. The happenings here continue to marvel, sadden, anger, smile and even make us shake our head in total dismay- sometimes all of these at the same time. The latest incidence that will leave you with such mixed feelings is honourable Tripura’s newly-elected Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s statement on the internet during Mahabharata era.
Deb enthusiastically claimed in a public event recently that the internet and satellite technology existed during the time of Mahabharata. Wait, what?!
Yes, read that again and take a pause to absorb it in. The 46-year-old BJP minister supported his claim of the ‘existence of internet during Mahabharata days’ with the evidence in the form of a particular episode in the Mahabharata, wherein Sanjay narrates the war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas to the blind king Dhritarashtra.
“This is the country where the episodes of the Mahabharata war were narrated to Dhritarashtra by Sanjay” Times Of India quoted Deb as saying. “This means technology was there, the internet was there, satellite was there.”
As obvious and very much expected, Deb’s declaration of the existence of internet during Mahabharata era was quickly followed by jabs and memes on Twitter. A quick look here will definitely leave you amused or may be sickening sad.
This raises a few questions. Why didn’t Abhimanyu ask Quora how to escape the Chakravyuha? Why did Sanjay narrate the Kurukshetra War when Siri could have done it? Also, Krishna really should have streamed the Bhagavad-Gita on Facebook Live. https://t.co/vrauX1UIpZ #Mahabharata
— Audrey Truschke (@AudreyTruschke) April 17, 2018
Tripura CM Biplab Deb is correct, satellite, Internet, laptops did exist during Mahabarta era, here is the proof! pic.twitter.com/bjI7oO2kra
— Irony Of India (@IronyOfIndia_) April 18, 2018
Congratulations to people of #Sangh and #BJP , #BiplabDeb found the pen drive of Ravan and other used during those days may be the formula of Pushpak Vahan is stored in these pen drive . @tshamsi88 @SUNDARmyth @HarendraKeelka @AnthonySald @Iffidel @tehseenp pic.twitter.com/OuYE8leqTB
— Sajjad Badshah (@sajjadbadshah) April 19, 2018
Internet existed during Mahabharat: Biplab Deb(CM, Tripura)
Next thing he may say that the term ‘MB’ has derived from mahabharat itself.
— Batty 2.O (@MrBatty_) April 18, 2018
It all started when Draupadi right-swiped a profile named Pandavas on Tinder based just on Arjuna’s pic. #internetMahabharat
— Arjit Gupta (@arjit06) April 19, 2018
— T A C T I C S बिल्ला !! (@kalia_987) April 18, 2018
— Arif Khan (@ArifKIndian) April 18, 2018
— Amit Mishra (@_amitmishra) April 18, 2018
If the Internet had existed during the Mahabharatas, then the curse of Karna was that just before the biggest client presentation of his life he would lose wireless connection and so all access to Wikipedia.
— Arnab Ray (@greatbong) April 18, 2018