The PM has made some comment on plastic surgery having been done on Ganesha. Much ridicule has been poured on this for his lack of scientific thinking.
I have serious objections both to his statements, and to the objections made by others - and my own reasons are different.
To the PM
1. Ganesha and the stories are of religious significance to people. The work was of god's, as they say. To reduce it to plastic surgery is to mock at people and their gods.
To the Critics
To the PM and his Critics
3. Why should the myths or ancient science need to be couched in the language of modern science except that is seen has the most credible of all systems. That the religion of modern science is crowned as the most authentic of all religions is problematic.
At the alter of modern science is sacrificed all that does not measure upto its process of 'scientific validation'. That includes religion, the mantrams of my village people, existances and processes that place value on beleifs that do not fit into 'modern science'.
Modi also clearly subscribes to this modern view. My village people keep their religion separate and holy and in its place, and their secular studies are in their place.
For peace of mind and such things, you need to have something else than just the material science :)
It is like the eyes and the nose. Eyes are the pramanam for sight; what eyes see, the nose cannot confirm nor deny. Similarly, the nose alone are the pramanam for smell; what nose smells the eyes cannot confirm nor deny.
This needs to be remembered. It is a very wrong practice to try to approve or disprove scientific findings by using the ideas of faith and equally wrong to try to interpret the rights and wrongs of matters related to faith using the scientific principles.