What is Happening in the Country Today is Far Worse than What Happened During the Emergency: Urmilesh

What is Happening in the Country Today is Far Worse than What Happened During the Emergency: Urmilesh

Urmilesh talks to Newsclick Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha about the recent arrests of 5 human rights activists for their alleged links to the Bhima Koregaon Violence. While on the one hand, this activists are being labelled 'urban maoists' and being held accountable for the violence without any concrete evidence, in Maharashtra, those who have really been accused…

BJP’s Unscientific Ideologies Will Result in Slow Death of Scientific Temper in Education

BJP’s Unscientific Ideologies Will Result in Slow Death of Scientific Temper in Education

Satyapal Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, issued a statement claiming evolution never happened since no one saw an ape converting into a human. Such statements by our highest ranking ministers show the lack of rationality in BJP’s core ideologies. What can be the future of India’s science and technological development when our…

Dating Bakhshali Manuscripts: Answering Important Questions in History of Mathematics

Dating Bakhshali Manuscripts: Answering Important Questions in History of Mathematics

  The Bakhshali Manuscripts, a collection of 70 odd leaves of birch bark, containing a wealth of mathematical methods, have finally been dated. The oldest of the three samples tested was written as early as the 3rd-4th century , placing it almost five centuries earlier than where most scholars had placed the manuscripts . This makes the Bakhshali Manuscripts…

The Gopalaswami Panel Recommendations: Teaching a Regressive Science in Sanskrit

The Gopalaswami Panel Recommendations: Teaching a Regressive Science in Sanskrit

ICF speaks to Satyajit Rath and Prabir Purkayastha Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 'The Blind Leading the Blind', 1568 / Wikimedia Commons Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani has presented students and teachers of science and technology with a tool to 'facilitate' their studies: the Sanskrit language.  The purpose of teaching Sanskrit in institutions such…

“This will open up a whole area of challenge…”

“This will open up a whole area of challenge…”

Prabir Purkayastha of Newsclick interviewed Teesta Setalvad on the series of awards being returned by various writers as a protest against the killing of rationalists, the Dadri lynching, and other instances of growing intolerance in the country. Setalvad discusses the power of the RSS diktat on the present government, and the agenda of communal polarisation. On…

An Ugly Irony: The Present Government Felicitates those Who Fought the Emergency

An Ugly Irony: The Present Government Felicitates those Who Fought the Emergency

Prabir Purkayastha of the Delhi Science Forum, who was in jail for a year during the Emergency, responds to an invitation to an event when those who fought the Emergency will be felicitated by Prime Minister Modi. Front page of the Indian Herald on June 26th 1975 Courtesy https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~ghosh20p/page1.html I have received an invitation to…