Statesman News Service
DURGAPUR, Nov. 5 (2006): At a convocation of the National Institute of Technology here yesterday, cosmologist Roger Penrose was pleasantly surprised to learn that fellow scientist Mr Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta, who is the lone Asian personality who has challenged the idea of The Big Bang alongwith Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose and has even proposed rectifications to their model of universe, lived and worked in the city. Mr Gupta served as a blast furnace technologist at Durgapur Steel Plant before being subsequently transferred to Bhilai Steel Plant, also owned by Steel Authority of India Ltd. The electrical engineer presented his model at the GR-17 (General Relativity) International Science Conference in Dublin held from 18 to 23 July 2004. Prof. Hawking and Prof. Penrose had attended the conference. Prof. Penrose told The Statesman following his address at NIT: “Yes, I do recollect Mr Gupta. He subscribed certain alternative approaches to Big Bang. Does he belong to this city? It’s encouraging to know that someone was working on general relativity sitting here.” When contacted, Mr Gupta said: “Prof. Hawking described supernatural cosmic activities that in the expanding universe show the existence of light-shifted galaxies. But the Big Bang model has failed to rectify the presence of blue-shifted galaxies which are smaller in number compared to the red-shifted galaxies.” Challenging the Penrose version of the expanding universe, Mr Gupta presented his new “line of approach” in Dublin. Professor Stephen Hawking incidentally himself “rectified some of his mistakes” in 2004. Prof. Penrose proposed that red-shifted galaxies are expanding at random and blue-shifted galaxies are frequently decreasing to lend space to their red counterparts. Mr Gupta, however, argued that “if the imaginary time axis as proposed by Prof. Hawking is taken into account, then the blue-shifted galaxies would have vanished from the scene due to continuously increasing red-shifted ones. But the Penrose approach fails to take this into account.” The Statesman had published Mr Gupta’s opinion on 7 November 2004. Mr Gupta was later invited by a Russian government sponsored research institution.