Detailed study sought into rockets of Hyder-Tipu reign

Detailed study sought into rockets of Hyder-Tipu reign

UoM Registrar moots research on topics that still have relevance

Registrar of University of Mysore C Basavaraju, on Monday, emphasised on a detailed study into the rocket technology adopted during the period of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘Ancient history and science,’ organised by Vidyarthi Vichara Vedike, Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies and departments of study in History and Sociology at Humanities Auditorium, Manasagangotri, Basavaraju said, “Though Hyder and Tipu incorporated rocket technology 250 years ago, we still lack adequate knowledge on it.

The models of same rockets are exhibited at a museum in England. It would be better to study further, into the rockets and pros and cons of the technology at that time”.

Basavaraju was of the opinion that one should rack up his or her brain on understanding the subjects that are relevant till date. Besides, every ancient history should be scientifically analysed before accepting them.

He referred to ‘Bruhat Vimana Shastra,’ a tome in Sanskrit on flying mechanism authored by Bharadwaj.

“To ascertain the facts in the book, H S Mukund, an expert at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), had researched the topic in the year 1970, only to dispute the period of existence of the tome that was believed to have been published 500 years ago,” he said.

K S Rajani, treasurer of All India unit of Break Through Science Society said, “The contributions of newer generations are totally ignored to portray the accomplishments of our ancestors as a well-versed society. It is being highlighted that plastic surgery and in-vitro fertility existed earlier”.

Prithvidatta Chandrashobhi said, historians should undertake a critical analysis of history.

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