(written in June 2009)
There was a lot of hoopla recently when young Garima was born, in a manner of speaking. For the uninitiated, she is the world’s second cloned buffalo calf and she was produced at National Dairy Research Institute, at Karnal (Haryana). Earlier, the N.D.R.I, Karnal had also produced the world’s first cloned buffalo calf on 6th February, 2009 but it could not survive.
According to me, all this hoopla is a load of rubbish. Many months ago, our very own and much beloved Dr Bhatavdekar, the animal specialist, had not only taught cows how to chew gum, but also succeeded in morphing them from the bovine to the human species.
Animal lovers would not have forgotten Dr Bhatavdekar and his favourite cow, made famous here
and here –
Now here’s the clincher – some months ago, the following video document hit the airwaves. The cow has magically been transformed into our own beauteous Deepika Padukone – with her equally beauteous mammaries intact! The scientists didn’t make Deepika chew the gum, like in her previous avatar, but one can imagine, without too much effort, Deepika doing what Dr Bhatavdekar’s favourite animal did. And I doubt not that Deepika is flooded with too many marriage offers from suitors – of both the bovine and the human variety. Check this out –
I am totally convinced that what Dr Bhatavdekar has achieved is as important in its impact as the thingy by Charles Darwin. Doc B has managed to convert one species to another without huge budgets (some piddly Rs 1.50 crores odd may have been involved, paid for by an advertiser, no doubt grateful for having been the catalyst for this momentous achievement), and without fanfare.
DR BHATAVEKAR FOR THE NOBEL PRIZE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!
After many decades, we have found one Indian scientist who has made his motherland proud, and deserves to be placed on the same pedestal hitherto reserved for cricketers and Bollywood stars.
For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow….