Dear Editor, This refers to the article, “No pseudo science and pseudo scientists” (State Times, March 1, 2019) by Omkar Dattatray. National Science Day is celebrated every year on February 28 all over India to commemorate the discovery of the Raman Effect by Dr. CV Raman. He got Nobel prize in Physics in 1930 for this discovery which happened on 28 February 1928. The basic objective of National Science Day is to propagate the message of importance of science and its application among the people. The objective of this day of making people aware of the importance of science is necessary to help us discharge our fundamental constitutional duty “to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform;” as enshrined in the Article 51A (h) of our Constitution. Unfortunately, there is not enough effort to fight against regressive prejudices. It is an irony that Narendra Davolkar had to give his life for his endeavour to rescue India from the narrow lane which is potholed with myths, superstitions and prejudices to the constitutional highway of scientific temper. Given that advertisements for vashikaran for taming a person go mushrooming day in, day out, they must have been doing a brisk trade. This means that the umpteenth number of our brothers and sisters are being slow poisoned in the name of vashikaran or taming! It is said that every cloud has a silver lining. It is really significant that amidst the hullabaloo over whether women from the age of ten to fifty can enter the Sabarimala temple; a documentary film ~ Period. End of Sentence ~ has got this year’s Academy Award. The producer of this film is an Indian. This film reportedly is all about the fight of a group of women against the prejudices associated with menstruation in rural India. The film is a reflection of the real fight against prejudices which is fought every day by some people in our country. They have been trying to save us from having a ~ Period. End of Scientific Temper. Sujit De, Kolkata.
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