Stop prop­a­gat­ing su­per­sti­tion as sci­ence: In­dian sci­en­tists

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

months af­ter sci­en­tists glob­ally marched to sup­port re­search, facts and a sci­en­tific tem­per in the face of ris­ing ig­no­rance to cli­mate change and fund cuts, In­dian sci­en­tists did the same. Au­gust 9 saw sci­en­tists across 30 In­dian cities hit the streets for the first time in the coun­try, de­mand­ing the gov­ern­ment not only in­crease fund­ing for cru­cial ba­sic re­search, but also stop sup­port­ing "un­sci­en­tific be­liefs and su­per­sti­tion" be­ing prop­a­gated as sci­ence. The march, through a mem­o­ran­dum to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, de­manded that In­dia in­creases its spend­ing on sci­en­tific re­search to 3 per cent of the GDP, from the cur­rent 0.85 per cent , and that "the Gov­ern­ment up­hold Ar­ti­cle 51A of the Con­sti­tu­tion, and re­strain at­tempts that run counter to the de­vel­op­ment of sci­en­tific tem­per, hu­man val­ues and spirit of in­quiry en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion". in­quiry

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