NDA govt. must go: Bhargava
HYDERABAD: Former Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Pushpa M. Bhargava, who returned his Padma award to President Pranab Mukherjee a few days ago, has said that he would like to see a change of government at the Centre because the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) engaged in things opposed to scientific temper.
He described the NDA government as “most disappointing” so far though the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was no better. But, between the NDA and UPA, he told media persons on the sidelines of a meeting here, that he would choose the latter. The meeting was held on the topic ‘in defence of pluralism – scientific temper and right to dissent’ to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of India.
‘Autocratic ways spell doom’
Dr. Bhargava accused the NDA government of abandoning principles of democracy though they were compatible with scientific temper and taking to the path of autocracy and dictatorship which were disastrous to the nation. The treatment of Muslims and Christians by the BJP and the government as “second class” citizens was against scientific temper. The word ‘scientific temper’ was coined by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in his book Discovery of India in 1946. Nehru had said in the book that application of science was unavoidable in the search for truth and new knowledge. How true it was in the present context to make India a world leader, he added.
Underlining the importance of scientific temper as laid down in the Constitution, he said it was nothing but making hypothesis and finding answers to questions. The government was anti-intellectual by not promoting scientific temper.
CPI general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy said the BJP wanted Hinduism as the official religion of the country because Pakistan was an Islamic State.