Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Nationalism and state processes are never evidence based

B Ashok says:

  • ....Science seeks truth; nationalism is about perceived justice. Nationalism and state processes are never evidence based. Nationalism satisfies without explaining, provokes without deep thought. So the power-hungry manipulate it.
  • We are discomfited by Ramakrishnan’s refusal to be celebrated. The truth is, he has done us a great service. His gentle advice that we should show interest in his work, not his person, demonstrates robust scientific fundamentals. Self-seekers amongst us wouldn’t mind appropriating and iconising him as a fig leaf for our collective failures. Rejecting this make-believe, he has indicated that science should transcend politics. His message – ‘leave me alone and serve science’ – has been more important than his moment of glory at Stockholm.

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