‘Eating meat causes landslides’: IIT director not fit to hold position, says Jairam Ramesh
Congress leader says the longer the IIT-Mandi director stays in office the more damage he will do to the spirit of scientific temper
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Thursday (September 7) said IIT-Mandi Director Laxmidhar Behera is not fit to hold the position after he purportedly claimed that cloudbursts and landslides in Himachal Pradesh are happening because people eat meat.
Sharing a news report on the statement made by Behera, Ramesh said on X that the longer he stays in office "more the damage he will do to the spirit of scientific temper".
"The PM spoke of plastic surgery being known to our ancestors. He also told children climate has not changed, while we have. A senior Minister confused Newton and Einstein while another justified excluding Darwin from textbooks,” wrote Ramesh.
"Now, this simply flabbergasting statement from the Director of a prestigious institution!!! He actually has shown he is not fit to hold the position. The longer he stays, more the damage he will do to the spirit of scientific temper," Ramesh posted.
“Science and spirituality is one thing, but science and crackpot theories that are put out by people in positions of power is quite another,” he said.
Behera asked students to pledge not to eat meat
Laxmidhar Behera stirred a controversy after he asked students to take a pledge not to eat meat while claiming that landslides and cloudbursts in Himachal Pradesh are happening because of cruelty to animals.
"You are butchering animals there... the innocent animals. It has a symbiotic relationship with the degradation of the environment as well... which you cannot see right now but is there,” he said.
"It is having landslides, cloudbursts and many other things again and again, these are all effects of cruelty on animals...people eat meat," Behra said while addressing the students, a video of which is doing the rounds on social media.
"To become good human beings, what you have to do? No to meat-eating," he further said and then went on to ask the students to vow not to eat meat. There was no response from Behera on the controversy. His comments attracted criticism from netizens.
(With inputs from agencies)