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    ‘Searching for Saraswati’

    By Shubhodeep Pal - The Hindu, July 7, 2018

    "There can perhaps be no better (or more ironical) testimony to this age of unreason than the [Indian] government-sanctioned search for a mythical river named after the Hindu goddess of knowledge. 'Searching for Saraswati' [an Op-Docs documentary film commissioned by The New York Times] releases this week."

    "In 2014, the Prime Minister claimed that Hindu god Ganesha had undergone plastic surgery; according to Rajnath Singh, Heisenberg’s renowned Uncertainty Principle has its provenance in the Vedas. The Saraswati project is an extension of the same propaganda disguised as historical fact."


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    Take a look at the following videos and check out which one has received the most appreciation (i.e., the highest number of views, likes, and comments):

























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    Regaining respect: on Indian Science Congress

    By R. Prasad - The Hindu, January 9, 2019

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    "In a resolution, it [The Indian Science Congress Association] decided to obtain in advance the abstracts of the lectures of all speakers, including those speaking at the Children’s Science Congress. “We will not vet but screen the abstracts, and not allow pseudoscience to be presented. We will also have a person from the Association at every session and remove the speakers from the dais if they go beyond the purview of the submitted abstract,” said Premendu P. Mathur, General Secretary (Scientific Activities), ISCA."

    "While the standard of the Congress has been in steady decline for several years, since 2015 it has seen questionable comments by speakers glorifying India’s ancient scientific achievements. The stage was set in October 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he cited the examples of Karna and Ganesha to wrongly claim that reproductive genetics and cosmetic surgery existed in India thousands of years ago. At the 2018 Science Congress, Union Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan claimed that Stephen Hawking once said the Vedas had a theory superior to Albert Einstein’s e=mc2. The credibility of science was also eroded when Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh claimed last year at an event that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution of man was “scientifically wrong”. It might be more than coincidence that Professor Rao felt emboldened to claim that the Kauravas were test tube babies and that India possessed knowledge about guided missiles centuries ago. On his part, Dr. Krishnan rejected Einstein’s theory of relativity, Newton’s theory of gravity as well as Hawking’s theories on black holes."

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    Are we undermining our scientific temper?

    YES! By Jayant Murthy

    NO! By A. Jayakumar

    IT'S COMPLICATED! By Sundar Sarukkai

    https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-...?homepage=true

    [The Hindu - January 25, 2019]
    तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमय! - tamasomā jyotir gamaya

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