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National Scientific Temper Day
20 August 2019

A pledge to promote scientific temper, critical thinking and plurality:

 

 

Click Here to Endorse the statement of National Scientific Temper Day from 20 August 2019

 

 

20th August was declared as National Scientific Temper Day (NSTD) at the 16th AIPSC of All India People’s Network held in Feb., 2018 in honor of Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, champion of scientific temper, who was killed in an act of premeditated murder by right-wing communal terrorist forces, on this day in 2013. Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS), the organization with which Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was associated and with which he worked till his last day, was a joint signatory with the AIPSN in giving a call to observe, 20th August as the National Scientific Temper Day

The first NSTD, i.e. 20th August 2018 was a great success, with the programme titled, “Ask: Why” being linked with it. One important development that took place in NSTD 2018 was that many people, who were otherwise not connected with the AIPSN came out very forcefully for the defense of scientific temper. It shows that the support base for science and scientific temper is very wide and the NSTD was a timely decision, which many others supported, including many scientists who gave statements in its support. This year too, with the same still relevant slogan, the AIPSN will hold the NSTD with MANS and other likeminded organizations to expand it further as a growing movement.

The killing of Dabholkar shocked the nation, but more rude shocks came when several similar murders were inflicted by the same forces over the next several years. Govind Pansare, who worked to support inter-caste marriages, lectured on the real legacy of Shivaji, and condemned the glorification of the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, was killed in 2015. M.M.Kalburgi, a scholar who studied socio-religious reform movements of the 12th century in Karnataka and the related history of religious movements, was murdered in 2016. And Gauri Lankesh, fearless journalist and fierce critic of communal bigotry, was gunned down in 2017. Some of these murders were probably committed by the same extremist group. But the common thread definitely was the threat the extremist forces felt from these campaigners for reason and the scientific temper and against bigotry and intolerance. The murders are extremist expressions of the intolerance openly displayed by some mainstream communal forces, including persons holding high political office, targeting sometimes with violence all those who question their bigotry, communal hate campaigns, and continuous dissemination of fake news, “alternative facts” and falsified histories, including in science.

 The growth of obscurantist ideas must be resisted. Opportunities like the Annular Solar Eclipse that will be seen on 26th Dec 2019 in Southern India and on 21st June 2020 in northern India must be used to dispel superstitious beliefs. We must celebrate these solar eclipse events as a people’s festival with safe mass observation and mass dining in public areas.

The NSTD is also part of the Sabka Desh Hamara Desh movement, i.e the country is for everyone and everyone is for the country – the idea of the Unity of India which is a direct consequence of observing scientific temper in everyday life. That is, all citizens are connected and the country cannot be thought of without thinking about its citizens, neither prejudice or with favour to any group or individual. This also means equity for sharing the resources of the country as also of the globe.

This year the announcement of the draft National Education Policy 2019 (DNEP 2019) is a further blow to fostering scientific temper and the diversity of India. There many deep flaws in the draft, including centralization and its aim to impose a uniform culture, called the obscurantist “Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan” culture upon the whole country and making education part of a global industry where only privileged people will get access to quality education.

While promoting scientific temper, we note that it was a concept that emerged out of our freedom movement. India is a Union and all constituents of the union have equal rights in deciding the way the union is to progress. That is the spirit of our constitution. Unfortunately, that is being trampled upon and people of the country are being betrayed.

Developmental programmes are being formulated without significant S&T and other research inputs. Mega projects are being undertaken with no scientific inputs in the public domain. Development policies in industry and agriculture, in key infrastructure areas like energy, coal, oil and gas, power, transport and for basic needs like food, water and health are being driven by corporate interests with little concern for the poor or for the common citizen and without any public scientific debate. Environmental concerns are being systematically sidelined.

The systematic devaluation of S&T and research, and the suffocation of critical thinking in educational institutions and in society at large, will severely hamper the future of the country, especially of its youth in this knowledge era. It is necessary that the Government funding for public educational institutions and public investment on research in science and technology must be increased substantially.

We assert that promoting scientific temper, defending plurality, harmony and composite culture is a fundamental duty of all citizens, and especially of professional scientists and social scientists, as enjoined in the Directive Principles of our Constitution. The right and duty to question is basic, not only for science, but also for democracy.

Science has an important role to play today in defending democracy and the Indian Constitution. AIPSN appeals to all organizations, institutions and individuals committed to promoting scientific temper to come together for observing the National Scientific Temper Day, and working together in the days to come to defeat the ideology of communal hate politics and build an India of reason and humanity with well informed and empowered citizens.

It is essential that this onslaught on scientific temper, critical thinking and plurality, be vigorously resisted. The Ask Why campaign is to bring awareness as to why this attack is going on at an unprecedented way in the last few years and to bring about change.

I hereby endorse the statement of AIPSN released as a part of observing National Scientific Temper Day (NSTD) on 20th Aug.2019.

Total Number of endorsements till now: 428
SL.no Sender's name Affiliation
1 Ramachandran V
2 Prakash Parkhe Govt of Maharashtra
3 ABHILASH M
4 Dr Tapan kr Mishra PBVM
5 M.V. Madhu KSSP
6 HARIDAS.T.K CPIM
7 Jayarajan s
8 BALAKRISHNAN K KSSP
9 M P C Nambiar (Chindankutty) KSSP
10 Gopalan v v
11 Nagumothu Venugppal Rao Jana Vignana Vedika. AP
12 R. Kavitha Pnsf
13 Noufal k
14 Vinayan KSSP
15 Sajin.p Kssp
16 SHANIDA K.P
17 Chandran V K KSSP
18 Amarjith P.V.
19 KANDASWAMY
20 Ranjan Chakraborty
21 Gopinathan K
22 Jyotirmoy
23 Hamir Singh Journalist
24 Sureshbabu.c
25 Vivek Monteiro Navnirmiti
26 M. Thiyagarajan TNSF
27 sreejith
28 kamlesh khantwal BGVS Uttarakhand
29 G. RAMESHKUMAR Assistant Professor
30 Sumita Sinha Ray
31 J. Balasubramaniam Dept Of Journalism, Madurai Kamaraj University
32 Sohan Singh RAWAT Bgvs
33 Shahira TNSF
34 Swati Shirish More Navnirmiti Learning Foundation, Pune
35 Ajeesh K S
36 Suresh kp Kssp
37 prasanth R
38 Akshayjith
39 Sitabhra Sinha IMSc Chennai
40 Farhana pva
41 SAREESH MS PHARMACIST
42 HARIDAS MK Kssp
43 Thankachan VP KSSP
44 Aparna Markose KSSP
45 B Narasimha Rao TSUTF
46 pradeepdas progressive solutions
47 Ravikumar Sankranti
48 S Anil Kumar TSUTF
49 T SIVANNARAYANA Jana Vignana Vedika Telangana
50 A.Malathy TNSF
51 Sujitha M Student
52 Thilaka Teacher
53 Nisha Bgvs Punjab
54 R.Balakrishnan TNSF
55 Nisha Bgvs
56 praveen kssp
57 RAJANGAM P Secretary, TNSF Pethanaickenpalayam Branch, Salem District,Teacher,P. U. M. School, Thalavaipatty
58 MOHAMMED SAGEER A.B Kssp
59 RAJANGAM P Secretary, TNSF Pethanaickenpalayam Branch, Salem District,
60 Sumaharshan KR BEFI
61 Hareendran.k KSSP
62 Hareendran.k KSSP
63 Murugesan Citu
64 Parameswari Murugesan Teacher, TNSF
65 Muraleedharan c m Kssp
66 SURAJ P R KSSP
67 P N MANJULA VIJAYAN KSSP
68 Prabhahar TNSF-Chennimalai
69 RaveendranParambath Kssp
70 Sreeshma P
71 Suresan K KSSP
72 Sajeevan varakil Kssp
73 Pranali Thakur Mumbai University
74 Anurag mk
75 Pranali Thakur MSc physics
76 SIDIN TC Kssp
77 Soorya M S Science Teacher
78 Anna babu
79 ടhaji P. KSSP
80 Sathiamoorthy Salem District THALAIVASAL TNSF President
81 JENU KSSP
82 Nagesh S Student
83 Ranjini.P.P. KSSP
84 Sonali Agrawal NJIL&OMD
85 Dr abhilash Kssp
86 Krishnankutty
87 Jolley M Sebastian
88 M.M.Parameswaran KSSP
89 Reeteka Sud Research Coordinator
90 B LATHA
91 ABHILASH PATTAZHY Oil & Gas UAE
92 AKHIL P
93 Shiju k p
94 suresh kumar k
95 Ravi.K S KSSP
96 J. Prakash aruljose Univ
97 Pathilsingh SP SFI
98 Nijok Lajashan
99 Kanakarasa
100 J.A.Dominic Raj TNSF kkdist
101 PADMADEVAN J R TNSF
102 Unnikrishnan VK Kssp
103 Atheena Jain
104 Rajan Kssp
105 Ajitha pataril 9497626728
106 BALASUBRAHMANIAN K Kssp
107 LALITHAN.T KSSP
108 Libin Thathappilly Journalist
109 DEEPA.C Teacher
110 SREEKUMAR K. G KSSP
111 Neela
112 Mallika. K. M.
113 C K DInesan esSENSE
114 Ravi Ravi
115 Jinu Kumar v Kssp
116 Thomas K
117 Prajith Kumar IP General Insurance
118 Rishi. Saravanan TNSF
119 rajan PP kssp
120 Jassim Muhammad
121 IMA VR Yuvasamiti
122 HARIDASAN V N KSSP
123 S.K.DEV KARTHICK
124 Sasindran KSSP
125 Narayanan T V KSSP
126 Ammu m
127 Joseph John Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishat
128 Anil c pallickal KANFED
129 Vrinda Venu Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, Tuebingen, Germany
130 S. Samuel Asir Raj Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
131 SIVAPRASAD PRABHAKARAN YuvakalaSahithy
132 Radhakrishnan
133 Shankar Tamil Nadu Science Forum
134 Vijayan K V AlPSN
135 JAYAMURUGAN T TamilNadu Science Forum
136 Usman karassery
137 Viswanathan T P KSSP
138 Subho guha
139 PMBalakrishnan KSSP
140 E S PRASEETHA
141 Asokan.M
142 Arun k s
143 Geeta N M KSSP
144 SWAMINATHAN E
145 JAMANU RAMA LAKSHMANA RAO jvv
146 SWAMINATHAN E KSSP
147 prasad kaithakkal KSSP
148 Dr P N Verma MP Vigyan Sabha & Professor of Physics
149 Anil MP Kssp
150 MANOJ KUMAR FKSSP
151 Sreyas Valsan KSSP
152 Dr P N Verma MP Vigyan Sabha & Professor of Physics
153 Siji Nadackal
154 Sunilraj K
155 K Thomas
156 SREERAG V S
157 Dr.T.Chandraguru Retired College Teacher
158 TK Devarajan KSSP
159 Amitabha Basu Retired Scientist, NPL-CSIR
160 Vijayam V Kssp
161 Bhuvanadas T V KSSP
162 Uttam Kumar Ray Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha
163 A G Rajmohan Prajarogya Vedika
164 Sindhu V P KSSP
165 Jose K L
166 PREMRAJ K Kssp
167 Vinita p h Kssp
168 Murughesh v k BGVS Karnataka
169 M. RAMACHANDRAN KSSP
170 ASHOK v
171 Nirmal kumar
172 Rehan Aabid Ali Mp bgvs
173 Shashi kumar
174 Ambika.TN
175 T.Ramesh AIPSN
176 K Balagopalan KSSP
177 PAVITHRAN A KSSP
178 Akila T Mahendra College of Engineering
179 Joji Koottummel KSSP
180 K.G.HARIKRISHNAN Kssp
181 ADV.RAVIPRAKASH KSSP
182 Vyas Ponnanchery
183 Dr.viswanathan KSSP
184 Alice Jeeva PJ MG University
185 Shabanakhanam Bgvs mp
186 R.N.Syag Volunteer citizen
187 Manoj Kulkarni Janvadi Lekhak Sangh
188 R.N.Syag Volunteer citizen
189 Muraleedharan P KSSP
190 Asha Mishra BGVS
191 Ramesh. S. N Janavignana vedika(AP)
192 Rahul Shrama BGVS, MP
193 അരവിന്ദൻ സി KSTA
194 M.G.Jayasree KSSP
195 P. Vijayakumar MUTA
196 debjani sengupta IP College, Delhi University
197 Sunanda Bhattacharya
198 H Shakila Madurai Kamaraj University
199 Aeaby c d
200 Partha Das BSPS
201 I. A. Khan
202 Arun SathiBhaskar UNIVERSITY OF HYDERABAD
203 SARUNKUMAR
204 PRAVEEN MS KALA Kuwait
205 Thiyagarajan m TNSF
206 Ranjana Nirula Trade unionist
207 ANOOP N Kssp
208 GUNASEKARAN
209 V. Muraleedharan Kssp
210 ARUN MOHAN
211 DR. MAITRI BOSE (BISWAS) PASCHIM BANGA VIGYAN MANCHA
212 DR. RANJINI.M KSSP
213 Kandanv
214 Raju K Science writer in Tamil
215 Arulraj Ilangovan CITU
216 Sehba Political Activists
217 Tamil selvam Student
218 Muhammed Ruvais AM +2
219 Ashapoornima R
220 RadhakrishnanP KSSP
221 Soumen Bag Teacher
222 Adwait Pednekar Lokvidnyan Sanghatana
223 Unnikrishnan PK
224 Kirti Singh
225 Maimoona Mollah AIDWA, Delhi
226 Jose Augustine St. Albert's college (Autonomous), Ernakulam
227 Vinuraj M
228 Birat Raja Padhan BGVS,ODISHA
229 Vasanthi Nachiappan Bharathidasan University
230 Manu nv Freethinking
231 SAJIN KV KSSP
232 Subash Sreedevi KSSP
233 JOJO JOSEPH
234 Anil Sathyan IISc Bengaluru
235 Sudhir Govt. School Teacher
236 C. Theenadayalan tnsf
237 Mohammed Rafique
238 Parthasarathi Chakraborty Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha
239 Sanjeev Thakur HGVS
240 DHARMASEKAR A Education Dept
241 Swarna
242 HELEN ANTONY
243 S.Chatterjee AIPSN
244 Mahesh Shelar
245 Veerakumar
246 Dr Y. Srinivasa Rao Bharathidasan University
247 Prashant Pimprikar
248 Mangesh Vijay Somkuwar Student
249 Mohammed Ikhbal KSSP
250 Ranjini.P.P. KSSP
251 Varsha Khanwelkar
252 Gowtham
253 Ashok Gaidhani BGVS, Nashik , Maharashtra.
254 K.K.G.Pillai KSSP
255 G.Suresh Tamilnadu science forum, Salem
256 Prof.Dr.K.Ravikumar TNSF
257 Dr Arun Nagalingam Pondicherry science forum
258 Karthikeyan Selvaraj TNSF
259 Suresh Suthari Jvv ts
260 Uma Ramachandran Breakthrough Science Society
261 Sadasivam K Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai-21
262 Ikbal k p kssp
263 Saravanan CPIM
264 Thunduparambil Mathew Antony FKSSP
265 Murali
266 Mohamed Badusha PSM
267 Vishwas Meshram Chhattisgarh vigyan sabha
268 Sharath V
269 Kannabiran Vigyan Prasar- VIPNET
270 N Gautham Retd. Professor, University of Madras
271 Ankita
272 Sanket Tambare Activist
273 Srinivasan N budding science communicator
274 Aekta Chanda
275 ARUNKUMAR All
276 Vikas Bhosale
277 Anirban Banerjee Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha
278 VIJAYA GANESH
279 K V Prasad Jvv steel zone president
280 R.jeevanantham TNSF
281 Subhasis Biswas Paschim Banga Vigyan Mancha
282 Nihar Ranjan Mishra BGVS, Odisha
283 Anita Rampal Aipsn Bgvs
284 Rameez
285 Saravanan k TNMSRA
286 Ravivarma S Tamilnadu Science Forum
287 chittatosh karewar MANS, breakthrough science society, FIRA
288 Neeta Pradeep Koshti BGVS
289 Michael Anjello Jothi Rajan Associate Professor (Ret.)
290 Aruna Himmat, ,janwadi mahila Samiti
291 NARAYANASAMY K Sciene Teacher
292 Vivekananthan Friend
293 N.Surendar TNSF
294 Vadivel n
295 Sreesankar T P KSSP
296 Rajendrakothari Social activists
297 MJ. Prabakar Tamil Nadu Science Forum
298 Prabhjot K Sri Aurobindo Ashram
299 Joseph.P.V KSSP
300 Mukund Lal Naik Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur
301 Didar Singh Shetra Nawsnshahar
302 Karthick
303 Pugazh mani.MS
304 Mujib Kidwai
305 Rajaganapathi.SP Student
306 GUNARANJAN.SP Student
307 Themozhichelvi Tnsf
308 NAGI THIRUMALA VENKATESH JANA VIGNANA VEDIKA -AP
309 Avaya C Mohapatra Retired from NEHU, Shillong
310 Kamala menon Delhi science forum
311 RavI
312 Gowri shankar Tamilnadu Science Forum
313 Parameswari Murugesan Sri Bharathi Illam
314 Daljit Ami Film Maker and Journalist
315 Padmaja Shastri Content Shastri
316 সাধন অধিকারী
317 Aneesh Kumar
318 Aman Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha
319 PANCHAGNULA GOPINATH
320 Ajoy Kumar Chatterjee PBVM
321 Vandana Bhagwat
322 Nageswar Rao Y S Janavignana Vedika
323 Pyare Mohan Sharms
324 Rajesh Rajan
325 Prasanthan
326 Diana Shanthi
327 Murali I P FoKSSP
328 Vijayakumarblathur KSSP
329 Sudhansu Padhi BGVS, Odisha
330 Aninda Chaudhuri PBVM
331 Radhan K KSSP
332 Ravi Kumar Janavigna vedika
333 BOLLAM AJAY KUMAR JANA VIGNANA VEDIKA
334 Subhasis Biswas Paschim Banga Vigyan Mancha
335 Rajesh Kochhar Panjab University Chandigarh
336 Ashok Chawla BGVS
337 James Scott Christian College
338 IMRAN SHAIK
339 J.A.Dominic Raj
340 Raja Sekhar JVV AP
341 R.K.Sri Ram TNSF
342 Sunil dev KSSP
343 Sourav Chatterjee PBVM
344 Subhankar Chakraborty Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Karnataka
345 mayasadhudatta Science worker/statecommitte member
346 Mridul Bose Retired Professor, Dept of Physics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
347 NIDHI SINGH Chhattisgarh vigyan sabha
348 Thiyagarajan m
349 Dr. S.R.Sethuraman TNSF
350 Theni Sundar Tamilnadu Science Forum
351 Dr. B. Ekbal Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishad
352 SHARUKHAN. S Student and member of YFS
353 Sujitha Student
354 Abdul jaleel
355 N Mani Tamil Nadu science forum
356 YADAGIRI
357 Indrajit Banerjee PBVM
358 Vinaya Malati Hari BGVS-AIPSN
359 M.VEERAIAH TNSF
360 Tanusree Chakrabarti Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha
361 Satyajit Chakrabarti Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha
362 Ganesh U
363 Dr Harikumar University of Calicut
364 Dr. Surinder Kumar Jindal BGVS, Punjab & Chandigarh
365 venkatesh mamidala
366 Kuntal Biswas MCH, Kolkata & PBVM
367 T R Govindarajan
368 K.R.Janardhanan KSSP
369 CHANDA SRINIVAS JANA VIGNANA VEDIKA
370 Pawan Pawar BGVS
371 Rajendran Teacher
372 Er A Seyad Aasif Tamil nadu science forum
373 DIPANKAR Mukherjee PBVM
374 Tapan Saha Bangiya Bijnan Parishad
375 Dr. Brijesh V K KSSP
376 Balina venkatareddy Teacher
377 Visweswaran.v Bank officer(retd)
378 Balina venkatareddy Teacher
379 Amit Ghosh
380 Basudev Dam
381 Er P Murugesa Pandian Tamil Nadu Science Forum, Hosur
382 Balbir Singh Jandu
383 Meera Bai T. K. KSSP
384 K.Malar Selvi TNSF
385 K Shanmuga Velayutham Jamal Mohamed College (Autonomous) Trichy
386 Balbir Singh Jandu
387 Mo. Pandiarajan Eden Educational Resource Center
388 SADASIBA SAHOO
389 Anup Kumar Sarkar
390 Ashok ramrao kumbhar
391 P SIVARAMAN PANCHAYAT UNION MIDDLE SCHOOL, CHITTAMPATTI, MADURAI DISTRICT
392 Anup Kumar Sarkar
393 Jagtar Singh Brar BGVS Punjab
394 Aniket Sule Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
395 Ramesh Narayanan Assistant Professor
396 Madhanagopalan v s TNSF
397 N SHAJI KSSP
398 GSHPVARMA Jana Vignana Vedika (AP)
399 LVREDDY Jana Vignana Vedika Telangana
400 Naresh Prerna Hgvs, Haryana
401 Donbosco Medikonda Teacher
402 Neelima Deshpande
403 Dr.J.Frank Ruban Jebaraj The American College
404 PANJALA ILAIAH Teacher
405 Pyara Lal Garg
406 Santanu Datta Paschim Banga Bigyan Mancha
407 ALAVALA NAGENDER TEACHER
408 Dr. Sudesh Ghoderao National General Secretary of Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations (FIRA) and Secretary of National and International Coordination of Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS)
409 Santokh Gill BGVS
410 Geeta mahashabde Navnirmiti learning foundation
411 Debasish Pal PBVM
412 Raj Kumar Garg BGVS
413 Nama purushotham Journalist
414 Karamjit singh Bgvs punjab ,
415 Devaprakash M TNSF - Sholinganallur Area Branch - South Chennai
416 NAGESH E
417 A.N.Rao J.V.V.Telangana
418 V. Meena Assistant professor, department of Mathematics, Madurai kamaraj university constituent college, Tirumangalam
419 Satbir Nagal Haryana Vigyan Manch Rohtak
420 R Viveganandan TNSF
421 Dr C Ramakrishnan BGVS
422 Kayalvizhi
423 N C PRADHAN BGVS,ODISHA
424 Chandrasekaran TNSF
425 KANNAN
426 Pradip Kumar Mahapatra Jadavpur University, Kolkata
427 P. Rajamanickam Retired Professor SN College Madurai
428 Dr. S. Krishnaswamy Retd Senior Professor from Madurai Kamaraj University