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Science Took A Back Seat To Shiva And Mythology At This Year’s Indian Science Congress

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Like last year, a selection of papers with mythological overtones created a controversy at the Indian Science Congress held at the Mysuru University, Mysuru, Karnataka.

The ISC began on 3rd January this year, after it was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It ended today (7th January) and was attended by 12,000 odd participants.

The most controversial aspect of this year’s ISC was the scheduled presentation of a paper on Lord Shiva, eulogising him as an “environmentalist.” The paper was scheduled for presentation yesterday (6th January). Akhilesh K. Pandey, who is the chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Private Regulatory Commission, was to present the said paper, according to reports.

However, in a curious turn of events, he was unable to present the paper. The Business Standard, which also reported on the issue, noted that the reason for Pandey not showing up to present the paper was unknown.

But Mint reported that “Pandey suffered an unfortunate accident on a staircase and could not present the lecture.”

Nevertheless, the mythological flag was held aloft by Indian Administrative Services officer Rajeev Sharma, who presented a paper on the “health benefits” of blowing a conch. His claims were received with incredulity by a “gasping” audience, the TOI reported.

Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, who teaches at Cambridge University, UK, has already derided the ISC as a “circus.” The TOI quoted the structural biologist as saying that “(the ISC is) an organization where very little science is discussed. I will never attend a science congress again in my life.”

Ramakrishnan’s statement was rebutted by Manjul Bhargava, award-winning mathematician from Princeton, who attended the ISC. The TOI quoted him saying that the current edition was “better.” Ramakrishnan’s statement also divided the scientific community over the worth and relevance of the ISC.

In yet another controversy on the day of the inauguration itself, the PM declined to award Vijnana Bharati, an RSS-backed group ostensibly promoting science in the country. The award was apparently to be given for organising the “largest science class in the world.”

Last year’s edition of ISC was marred by the controversy over the presentation of a paper claiming that Indians knew how to fly planes in ancient times.

This year’s ISC saw scientists from abroad hailing India’s contribution to particle physics. Male infertility was another topic which was discussed at one of the sessions. An attempt was also made to publicise scientific findings by women at the ISC.

It is unfortunate that such controversies are derailing the organisation of the ISC which also provides young students with a platform to showcase their experiments and allows them, along with the general public, to listen to Nobel Laureates and other scholars holding forth on important scientific discoveries and other issues.

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  1. Srinivas

    What would make you JNU bastards happy? Islamic “science” presentation? What's wrong with one guy presenting one
    friggin lecture in a four day long seminar? He has the freedom of expression, and you have the right to laugh it away
    or poke your nose or rear when he delivered the lecture

    1. Deepak Singh

      The problem with allowing fringe crackpots a space in the establishment is that they soon take over the whole establishment. Like modi,who was considered a fringe fundamentalist for so long was able to make the fringe into the mainstream and become PM. Next we will have even more idiotic people like Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj being considered normal and they too may become PM.

  2. toto

    Safronization of science . Indians are going to stone ages. Soon India will die

  3. toto

    Science in India will die soon.Constitution is taking its last breath under RSS and BJP

  4. Christo Chiramukhathu

    This idiot does not deserve to be called with title 'Dr' (in scientific sector). Better he is to be called as 'Professor' (as used to address astrologers and magicians). This stupid shamelessly stated that blowing a conch would bring youthfulness to a person and turn one's hair and beard black..! (Still this idiot's hair and beard completely is grey…!). The fact is that if you blow a conch long time regularly, surely you'll become a TB patient. We can see numerous breeds of such stupid IASs and 'Doctors' in the devotee gangs of Sai Babas and many other human gods…!

  5. ideasspinner

    Hats off to you Manjul Bhargava.
    Correct values Vs bad chemistry.
    The main mantra is we can neither deny nor defy the importance of anything or anyone.
    Life is too vast and complex with some mysteries still unexplained and unraveled.
    Life in short is an unsolved jigsaw puzzle with several pieces constantly evolving to fit in appropriate slots.
    The process involves constant churning , continuous learning and adjustment.
    To quote JK, “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning”.
    This holds true almost in all spheres of life.
    Media which prefers and projects selectively some controversies to the front page, as expected pushed to some inner page corner a very candid interview of a person with great clarity and simple and straight forward observations.
    I wish all to read his interview which rightly infects us with positive vibration amid a world of morning philosophers, unloving critics, fault finding fanatics.
    More than anything else it reflects good attitude,concomitant perspective leading to better perception and proper evaluation.
    This is real education with correct synergistic vibrations of inner response to external events.
    Need to study gamut of education, at least look at its various dimensions, utilities, relevance, contributions to humanity etc
    Good education must not to allow verbal labels to distort proper observation and unbiased understanding.
    विद्या ददाति विनयं विनयाद्याति पात्रताम् ।
    पात्रत्वाद्धनमाप्नोति धनाद्धर्मं ततः सुखम् ॥ ५ ॥
    vidyA dadAti vinayaM, vinayAdyAti pAtratAM |
    pAtratvAddhanamApnoti, dhanAddharmaM tataH sukhaM || 5 ||
    (true/complete) knowledge gives discipline[humility], from discipline [humility] comes worthiness, from worthiness one gets wealth, from wealth (one does) good deeds, from that (comes) joy.

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