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Do not erode the scientific temperament | Editorial HT – editorials

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India celebrates National Science Day every year on February 28. The day marks the discovery of the Raman effect by the Indian physicist, CV Raman. He was the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize for his achievements in science (he won in Physics in 1930). The day also recognizes the need to instill a scientific temperament and encourage scientific research. In a country mired in all kinds of superstitions and rituals. havana Sometimes they organize to placate the heat of the sun, the commemoration of a scientific genius becomes much more important.

India has also recently seen an increase in the amount of pseudoscience that has made its way into popular discourse. In 2016, Hindu priests performed a yagya (in Tokyo, nothing less) for the “purification of the environment”. The ministers in practice have denied the theory of evolution on the grounds that no one had seen a monkey become human, members of Parliament have asked people to caress cows in specific ways to reduce blood pressure. Ideas such as airplanes had been invented in India during the Vedic period or that the Kauravas in the Mahabharata They were test tube babies, rightfully ridiculed, they were transmitted to the Indian Science Congress by a scientist and university administrator. To what extent the institution that was once directed by Raman himself has fallen. This type of erosion of the scientific genius and the inability of the common citizen to distinguish the facts of the myth is a dangerous turn, not only for the advancement of Indian science, but also for society.

It has been argued for a long time that Western science has almost always been exported all over the world with little respect for contexts in other parts of the world. The only solution to this is to encourage Indian science at the highest levels. For many years, the Indian scientific community has struggled against difficulties (lack of funds, defective infrastructure and little institutional support) to achieve exceptional progress in real science, which has been published and recognized through peer review. It is a pity to undermine all his hard work giving importance to such nonsense. Then, as another National Science Day passes, it is time for us to stop forwarding social media messages like those that extol the virtues of cow urine to cure the coronavirus. A scientific temperament and rational thinking are as much the responsibility of the individual as of the government of the time and its agencies.

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