• The Indian Space Research Organisation, along with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), is set to organise a two-day conference themed ‘Akash Tatva’ (the element Akash) in Dehradun that, according to Science Minister Jitendra Singh, would expose “youth of India to the wisdoms of ancient science along with modern scientific advancements”.
  • A co-organiser of the conference to be held on November 5 and 6, is Vijnana Bharati, a ‘swadeshi science’ organisation linked to the RSS.
  • The conference is expected to host 35 “eminent speakers” over three days who will host discussions on topics such as developing “sustainable life based on panchmahabhoot.”
  • The latter refers to the five elements – of earth, fire, water, wind, and air as constituting all matter.
  • The thrust of the conference is to attempt to explain one tatva, Akash, the ancient wisdom associated with it and how it connects to modern science.
  • “We all appreciate that the panchbhootas are associated with the wellbeing of humanity.
  • The various environmental challenges we face may be addressed by a thorough understanding of the panchbhootas.


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