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Scientists Issue Statement Against Intolerance and Rejection of Reason

The scientific community is deeply concerned with the climate of intolerance, and the ways in which science and reason are being eroded in the country.
 
The scientific community is deeply concerned with the climate of intolerance, and the ways in which science and reason are being eroded in the country.
 
It is the same climate of intolerance, and rejection of reason that has led to the lynching in Dadri of Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi and the assassinations of Prof Kalburgi, Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Shri Govind Pansare. All three fought against superstition and obscurantism to build a scientific temper in our society. Prof Kalburgi was a renowned scholar and an authority on the Vachana literature associated with the 12th-century reformer Basava, who opposed institutionalised religion, caste and gender discrimination. Similarly, Dr Dabholkar and Shri Pansare promoted scientific temper through their fight against superstition and blind faith.
 
The Indian Constitution in Article 51 A (h) demands, as a part of the fundamental duties of the citizens, that we '...develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform'. Unfortunately, what we are witnessing instead is the active promotion of irrational and sectarian thought by important functionaries of the government.
 
The Indian civilisation is a truly plural one. We have always had many practices and communities that have allowed space for each other; we celebrate the festivals and anniversaries of all faiths. This unity and peace has now been disturbed by a rash of bigoted acts, attacks on minorities and Dalits, which show no signs of abating.
 
The writers have shown the way with their protests. We scientists now join our voices to theirs, to assert that the Indian people will not accept such attacks on reason, science and our plural culture. We reject the destructive narrow view of India that seeks to dictate what people will wear, think, eat and who they will love.
 
We appeal to all other sections of society to raise their voice against the assault on reason and scientific temper we are witnessing in India today.
 
The views expressed in the statement are individual and do not reflect views of the institution a signatory is affiliated to.
 
1. Dr Alladi Sitaram Visiting Professor, Chennai Mathematical Institute; Professor Emeritus, Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru
2. Dr Ashoke Sen, Padma Bhushan, Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), Distinguished Professor, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
3. Dr Ashok Jain, Former Director, National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi
4. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Government of India
5. Dr D Balasubramanian, Padma Shri Research Director, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, & former Director Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad
6. Dr Madabusi Raghunathan, Padma Bhushan, Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), Professor, National Centre for Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
7. Dr PM Bhargava, Padma Bhushan, Former Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad (one of the original signatories to the 1981 Scientific Temper Statement)
8. Dr P Balaram, Padma Bhushan, Former Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
9. Dr Satyajit Mayor, Foreign Associate, US National Science Academy, Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
10. Dr Spenta Wadia, Emeritus Professor and Founding Director, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
11. Dr AP Balachandran, Joel Dorman Steele Professor of Physics (Emeritus), Physics Department, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA.
12. Dr Abhishek Dhar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
13. Dr Alak K Ray, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
14. Dr Alok Laddha, Chennai Mathematics Institute, Bangalore
15. Dr Amit Sengupta, National Convenor, Peoples Health Movement
16. Dr Anna George, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi
17. Dr Arnab Bhattacharya, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
18. Dr Arvind, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
19. Dr Ashvin Vishvanath, University of California-Berkeley, USA
20. Dr Avinash Dhar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
21. Dr B Ravindran, Institute for Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar
22. Dr BLS Prakasa Rao, CR Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Hyderabad
23. Dr B Ananthanarayan, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
24. Dr B Rajeev, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore
25. Dr B Ekbal, Former Vice Chancellor, Kerala University
26. Dr B Sury, Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru
27. Dr Chandrasekhar Khare, Fellow of Royal Society, Professor of Mathematics, University of California-Los Angeles, USA, and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
28. Mr D Raghunandan, Director, Centre of Technology and Development, New Delhi
29. Dr DP Sen Gupta, Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru
30. Dr Debashis Ghoshal, School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
31. Dr Dhruv Raina, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
32. Dr Dilip Ahuja, Profesor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru
33. Dr Dinesh Abrol, Institute of Studies in Industrial. Development, New Delhi
34. Dr Dipendra Prasad, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
35. Dr Firoza Sutaria, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru
36. Dr Gadadhar Misra, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
37. Dr Gautam Mandal, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
38. Dr Hema Murthy, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
39. Dr Joseph Samuel, Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru
40. Dr Justin David, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
41. Dr Kapil Paranjape, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
42. Dr LS Shashidhara, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
43. Dr Leena ChandranWadia, Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai
44. Dr MG Narasimhan, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru
45. Dr MRN Murthy, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
46. Dr MVN Murthy, Professor Emeritus, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
47. Dr Madan Rao, Raman Research Institute and NCBS-TIFR, Bengaluru
48. Dr Mangal C Mahato, Department of Physics, North East Hill University, Shillong
49. Dr Nilmani Mathur, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
50. Dr P Ajith, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
51. Dr Pallab Basu, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
52. Dr Partha P Majumder, National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani
53. Dr Parthib Basu, Department of Zoology, Calcutta University, Kolkata
54. Mr Prabir Purkayastha, Chairperson, Knowledge Commons, New Delhi
55. Dr Prajit K Basu, Centre for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Hyderabad
56. Dr Prajval Shastri, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru
57. Dr Pramathanath Sastry, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai
58. Dr Pravabati Chinganbam, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru
59. Dr Probal Choudhuri, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
60. Dr Purushottam Kulkarni, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
61. Dr R Ramanujam, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
62. Dr R Shankar, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
63. Dr Rahul Roy, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi
64. Dr Rajat Tandon, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Hyderabad
65. Dr Rajesh Gopakumar, Director, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
66. Dr Rama Govindarajan, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Hyderabad
67. Dr Ranjini Bandyopadhyay, Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru
68. Dr Ravinder Banyal, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru
69. Dr Riddhi Shah, School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
70. Dr Ronnie Sebastian, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
71. Dr Rukmini Dey, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
72. Dr S Chakrabarti, Department of Chemistry, Calcutta University, Kolkata
73. Dr S Ranganathan, National Institute of Advanced Studies Bengaluru
74. Dr Sabyasachi Chatterjee, Formerly Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru; and President All India Peoples Science Network
75. Dr Sachindeo Vaidya, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
76. Dr Samriddhi Sankar Ray, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
77. Dr Sandeep Krishna, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
78. Dr Sanjib Sabhapandit, Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru
79. Dr Santanu Datta, Chief Scientific Officer, BUGWORKS Inc., Bengaluru
80. Dr Satyajit Rath, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi
81. Dr Saumen Datta, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
82. Dr Shamsher Singh, Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru
83. Dr Sharada Srinivasan, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru
84. Dr Shiraz Naval Minwalla, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
85. Dr Shrikrishna, G Dani Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
86. Dr Shyamala Mani, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
87. Dr Siva Athreya, Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru
88. Dr Sorab N Dalal, Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and
Education in Cancer, Navi Mumbai
89. Dr Sriram Ramaswamy, Director, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Hyderabad
90. Dr Subhro Bhattacharjee, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
91. Dr Sumati Surya, Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru
92. Dr Sumathi Rao, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad.
93. Dr Sunil Mukhi, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
94. Dr Suresh Govindarajan, Dept of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.
95. Dr Suvrat Raju, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
96. Dr T Jayaraman, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
97. Dr TR Govindarajan, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai
98. Ms Tejal Kanitkar, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
99. Dr Tiju Thomas, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
100. Dr Todadri Senthil, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
101. Dr Vani VC, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
102. Dr Venkatesh Athreya, Adjunct Professor, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai; formerly President All India Peoples Science Network
103. Dr Vidita Vaidya, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
104. Dr Vijay Kumar, Krisnamurthy, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
105. Dr Vineeta Bal, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi
106. Dr Vishal Vasan, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
107. Dr Vivek Borkar, Institute Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai

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