Newly elected Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb hit out at “narrow-minded” people for finding it difficult to believe that internet and satellite technology existed during the time of Mahabharata.A day after he made the bizarre comment, the Tripura chief minister went a step further to defend it in the face of criticism.Narrow minded people find it tough to believe this. 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.Biplab Deb, Tripura CM, to ANI‘New Hope For Tripura,’ Says PM Modi as Biplab Cabinet Takes OathOn Tuesday, 17 April, while addressing a regional workshop on computerisation of the Public Distribution System as well as reforms in Agartala, the 46-year-old BJP leader gave evidence for his claim in the form of a particular episode in the Mahabharata, wherein Sanjay narrates the happenings of 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. This means technology was there, internet was there, satellite was there.Biplab Kumar Deb, as quoted by Hindustan TimesMeet Biplab Kumar Deb, the RSS Man Named Tripura’s First BJP CMAccording to media reports, Deb further went on to say that such technologies were not the inventions of Europeans or Americans, but rather those of Indians.He lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his emphasis on digitisation, saying that such a push would make the Public Distribution System (PDS) more transparent.Not the First Bizarre Comment By a BJP MinisterEarlier this year, Minister of State for Human Resources and Development (HRD) Satyapal Singh had claimed that Charles Darwin’s theory of human evolution was “scientifically wrong”.Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi himself said in October 2014 that Lord Ganesha had undergone plastic surgery via technology that Indians possessed at the time.The Quint is now on WhatsApp. To receive handpicked stories on topics you care about, subscribe to our WhatsApp services. Just go to TheQuint.com/WhatsApp and hit Send.(With inputs from ANI and Hindustan Times)After Challenging Darwin’s Theory, HRD Min Trains Guns at Newton We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.