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UP boy claims to be incarnation of a US scientist

Jul 14, 2007 12:31 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Last week, many news channels showed the story of a 4-year-old girl in a tiny village in Uttar Pradesh, who claims to be incarnation of Kalpana Chawla.

Now, if that wasn’t enough, there is another bizarre case of a 14-year old boy, who talks in a strange accent and claims he is an incarnation of a US scientist.

The boy talks gibberish with a few words of science thrown in here and there. And the people in his village Rampur claim that "Rajesh Kumar is explaining scientific formulas and concepts," although he has never studied science or has been overseas.

Rajesh’s family claims that this transition occurred after the boy hurled a stone at his father and was severely punished. They say he suddenly started speaking in accent and hasn't talked in Hindi ever since.

While the Indian media is going gaga over the case, it’s not for the first time that something bizarre as this has attracted undue attention.

“There are channels that thrive on such news. From morning till evening they will keep repeating special shows, overtly stressing upon such stories. They even bring in experts to give even more stupid theories on reincarnation and re-birth. What they don’t understand is that by doing so, they are promoting bunkum,” Sanal Edamaruku President Indian Rationalist Association said.

As the Indian media runs after the bizarre, one can only hope it will also try to show the scientific side of things.