Un­savoury pickle

Down to Earth - - ON THE WEB -

This is with ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle, "ICAR chases patents for pickle" (Septem­ber 16-30, 2014). I ap­pre­ci­ate the au­thor's at­ten­tion to the mal­prac­tices in­dulged in by our re­puted sci­en­tists. Per­haps they need to be given lessons in sci­en­tific in­tegrity and sanc­tity of pub­lic trust. Ac­tions of a few un­scrupu­lous sci­en­tists, like B M Naveena, throw a neg­a­tive light on the en­tire sci­en­tific com­mu­nity.


In­dia is blessed with its own an­cient tra­di­tions and cul­ture. Many recipes have

SORIT / CSE orig­i­nated over years and have been passed from one gen­er­a­tion to the next. It is a shame that sci­en­tists are try­ing to stake a claim over some­thing that be­longs to the pub­lic.


It is amus­ing that the web­site of the Na­tional Re­search Cen­tre on Meat ( NRCM) has been in­ac­ces­si­ble since Down To Earth pub­lished the ar­ti­cle on how a group of sci­en­tists from the In­dian Coun­cil of Agri­cul­tural Re­search has sought a patent for chicken gongura pickle, a tried-and-tested recipe quin­tes­sen­tial to Andhra cui­sine. Is it be­cause NRCM does not want the pub­lic to see its fraud re­search?


I ap­pre­ci­ate the dili­gence and hard work of the au­thor to write in de­tail about the fraud­u­lent prac­tices in the field of sci­ence. I hope the au­thor­i­ties take note and ini­ti­ate ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.


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