• More than 150 Scientists Appeal to Citizens

    Let us vote to unify the people. Let us vote to spread the light of reason.

    April 3, 2019

    The upcoming election is a crucial one. It asks for a re-affirmation of the most fundamental guarantees our Constitution gives us: equal rights to faith or lack thereof; culture; language; association; personal liberty and freedom of expression. These rights, even as they accrue to each of us individually, can only exist if they accrue to all Indian citizens — without partiality or discrimination.

    To defend these rights, we must reject those who lynch or assault people, those who discriminate against people because of religion, caste, gender, language or region. Again, we must reject those who encourage such practices. We cannot endorse a politics that divides us, creates fears, and marginalises a large fraction of our society — women, dalits, adivasis, religious minorities, the persons with disabilities or the poor. Diversity is our democracy’s greatest strength; discrimination and non-inclusivity strike at its very foundation.

    An atmosphere in which scientists, activists and rationalists are hounded, harassed, intimidated, censored, jailed, or worse, murdered, is not the future our country deserves. It is not the future we want to give our youth. We want them to awaken to a country that sees science as a means of democratic empowerment through sceptical, open-minded questioning, rather than just a commercial enterprise. We must put an end to the denigration of rational, evidence-based public discourse; only then can we create better resources and opportunities for jobs, education and research.

    We appeal to all citizens to vote wisely, weighing arguments and evidence critically. We appeal to all citizens to remember our constitutional commitment to scientific temper. We appeal to you to vote against inequality, intimidation, discrimination, and unreason. These are inimical to the values of our Constitution, whose promise is best reflected in Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's famous words:

    "Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
    Where knowledge is free
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
    by narrow domestic walls
    Where words come out from the depth of truth

    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
    Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
    Where the mind is led forward by thee
    Into ever-widening thought and action
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake."

    Read the appeal in Hindi here.

    1A. Mani82Mundur V. N. Murthy163Bhavtosh Bansal
    2Aaloka Kanhere83Nandita Narain164Priya Hasan
    3Abha Dev Habib84Naresh Dadhich165S. N. Hasan
    4Abhijit Majumder85Nisha Biswas166Dhruba Mukhopadhyay
    5Adish Dani86Niti Kumar167Resmi Lekshmi
    6Ajit M. Srivastava87Nixon Abraham168B. Ravindran
    7Akash Gautam88Pallavi Vibhuti169Jayant Murthy
    8Amala Bhave89Partho Sarothi Ray170Ashis Kumar Nandy
    9Amit Apte90Prabhakar Rajagopal171Niruj Mohan Ramanujam
    10Amit Bhaya 91Prabir Purkayastha172M. C. Arunan
    11Amit Misra 92Pradip Dasgupta173Sandeep K. Shukla
    12Amitabh Joshi93Pradipta Bandyopadhyay 174Nissim Kanekar
    13Amitabha Bandyopadhyay 94Prajval Shastri175Nirupam Roy
    14Amites Dasgupta 95Prakash Burte176Manoj Purvankara
    15Aniket Sule96Pranay Goel177Rahul Nigam
    16Anindita Bhadra97Prasad Subramanian178Chinmay Mukhopadhyay
    17Anirban Mukherjee98R. Ramanujam179Vidyanand Nanjundiah
    18Ankan Paul99Raghav Rajan180Jonaki Sen
    19Anna George100Raghunath Chelakkot 181Nagaraj Balasubramanian
    20Anup Padmanabhan 101Rahul Roy 182Collins Assisi
    21Argha Banerjee102Rahul Siddharthan183Suhita Nadkarni
    22Arjun Guha103Rajiva Raman184Partha P. Majumder
    23Arnab Bhattacharya104Rama Govindarajan185Soumitro Banerjee
    24Asha Gopinathan105Ramesh Awasthi186Parthiba Basu
    25Atindra N. Pal106Ramkumar Sambasivan 187Imroze Khan
    26Aurnab Ghose 107Ramya T. N. C.188Narmada Khare
    27Avinash Dhar108Riddhi Shah189Kazi Rajibul Islam
    28Ayalvadi Ganesh109Rohini Karandikar190Ushak Rahaman
    29Ayan Banerjee110Rohini Muthuswami191Koel Das
    30Bidisa Das111Rupali Gangopadhyay 192Abhishek Dhar
    31Chayanika Shah112Sabyasachi Chatterjee193Savita Ladage
    32Chetana Sachidanandan 113Saman Habib 194Kunal Chakraborty
    33Chinmayee Mishra114Samriddhi Sankar Ray 195Mahendra Nadkarni
    34Chinmoy Chatterjee115Samudrala Gourinath196Ashish Asgekar
    35Debabrata Ghosh 116Saroj Ghaskadbi197Supratim Sengupta
    36Debashis Ghoshal117Satyajit Mayor198Malancha Ta
    37Debashis Mukherjee118Satyajit Rath 199U. K. Anandavardhanan
    38Debashish Goswami 119Shailaja Sopory200Dipendra Prasad
    39Deepak Barua120Shanta Laishram201Vidya T. N. C.
    40Deepika Choubey121Shivprasad Patil202Parasar Mohanty
    41Devaki Kelkar122Shobha Madan 203Felix Bast
    42Dibyendu Nandi123Shraddha Kumbhojkar204C S Rajan
    43Dinesh Abrol124Shubhi Parolia205Madabusi Raghunathan
    44Dinu Chandran 125Sitabhra Sinha206Chandan Dalawat
    45Dipshikha Chakravortty 126Smita Krishnan 207Shashi Mohan Srivastava
    46Dipti Jadhav127Sorab Dalal208Raj Kumar Manna
    47Divya Oberoi128Spenta Wadia 209Ramesh Sreekantan
    48Gagandeep Kang129Srikanth Sastry210Chaitanya Athale
    49Gaiti Hasan130Sriram Ramaswamy211Kamal Lodaya
    50Gauhar Raza131Subhadip Ghosh212Deepshikha Jaiswal-Nagar
    51Gautam Menon132Subhadip Mitra213Apoorva Nagar
    52Geeta Mahashabde133Subhash C. Lakhotia214Parthasarathi Majumdar
    53Geetha Venkataraman 134Suchitra Gopinath215Aneesh PremaBalakrishnan
    54Gyan Prakash135Sudeshna Sinha216S. Akshay
    55Harita Raval136Sudipto Muhuri217Juie Shetye
    56Harjinder (Laltu) Singh 137Sugata Ray218Dipankar
    57Imrana Qadeer138Sugra Chunawala219Naresh K Chandiramani
    58J. G. Krishnayya139Sumeet Agarwal220Debasis Mondal
    59Jagat K Roy140Sumilan Banerjee221Shouvik Datta
    60Jayashree Ramadas141Surendra Ghaskadbi 222Mahan Mj.
    61Jayashree Sen Gupta 142Swapan Chakrabarti 223Arijit Bhattacharyay
    62Joby Joseph143Tapan Ghosh224Arghya Das
    63Jyotishman Bhowmick144Tapan Saha225Vivek Tanavde
    64Jyotsna Dhawan145Tejal Kanitkar226Raghavan Rangarajan
    65Kapil Paranjape146Tushar Vaidya227Supratik Chakraborty
    66Karthikeyan Vasudevan 147V. S. Sunder 228Pramod Pullarkat
    67Kartik Shanker148Vidita Vaidya229Ranjini Bandyopadhyay
    68Kumarjit Saha149Vijay Chandru 230Sanjib Sabhapandit
    69L. S. Shashidhara150Vineeta Bal231Ramyani Chakrabarty
    70Madan Rao 151Vivek Borkar232Sachin C. Patwardhan
    71Madhavi Reddy152Vivek Monteiro233Sumati Surya
    72Madhulika Srivastava 153S. G. Dani234Sk Sazim
    73Manisha Gupte 154Mangala Narlikar235Shiraz Minwalla
    74Mayank Vahia155Yashoda Ghanekar236Mahendra K. Singh
    75Mayurika Lahiri156Abhijit Mitra237Siddhartha Ghosh
    76Medha S. Rajadhyaksha 157Manojendu Choudhury238Swagata Sarkar
    77Mercy J. Raman158D. P. Kasbekar239Manas G. A.
    78Mihir Arjunwadkar159Roop Mallik240Reeteka Sud
    79Mohan Rao160Vijay Lale241Kedar Damle
    80Mrinal K Ghosh161Aneeshkumar Arimbasseri242Ravi Banavar
    81Mugdha Karnik162Gitanjali Yadav243Durba Sengupta


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