More than 150 Scientists Appeal to Citizens

More than 150 Scientists Appeal to Citizens


An atmosphere in which scientists, activists and rationalists are hounded, harassed, intimidated, censored, jailed, or worse, murdered, is not the future our country deserves.

Indian Cultural Forum


03 Apr 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.”

1 A. Mani 53 Geetha Venkataraman 105 Ramesh Awasthi
2 Aaloka Kanhere 54 Gyan Prakash 106 Ramkumar Sambasivan
3 Abha Dev Habib 55 Harita Raval 107 Ramya T. N. C.
4 Abhijit Majumder 56 Harjinder (Laltu) Singh 108 Riddhi Shah
5 Adish Dani 57 Imrana Qadeer 109 Rohini Karandikar
6 Ajit M. Srivastava 58 J. G. Krishnayya 110 Rohini Muthuswami
7 Akash Gautam 59 Jagat K Roy 111 Rupali Gangopadhyay
8 Amala Bhave 60 Jayashree Ramadas 112 Sabyasachi Chatterjee
9 Amit Apte 61 Jayashree Sen Gupta 113 Saman Habib
10 Amit Bhaya 62 Joby Joseph 114 Samriddhi Sankar Ray
11 Amit Misra 63 Jyotishman Bhowmick 115 Samudrala Gourinath
12 Amitabh Joshi 64 Jyotsna Dhawan 116 Saroj Ghaskadbi
13 Amitabha Bandyopadhyay 65 Kapil Paranjape 117 Satyajit Mayor
14 Amites Dasgupta 66 Karthikeyan Vasudevan 118 Satyajit Rath
15 Aniket Sule 67 Kartik Shanker 119 Shailaja Sopory
16 Anindita Bhadra 68 Kumarjit Saha 120 Shanta Laishram
17 Anirban Mukherjee 69 L. S. Shashidhara 121 Shivprasad Patil
18 Ankan Paul 70 Madan Rao 122 Shobha Madan
19 Anna George 71 Madhavi Reddy 123 Shraddha Kumbhojkar
20 Anup Padmanabhan 72 Madhulika Srivastava 124 Shubhi Parolia
21 Argha Banerjee 73 Manisha Gupte 125 Sitabhra Sinha
22 Arjun Guha 74 Mayank Vahia 126 Smita Krishnan
23 Arnab Bhattacharya 75 Mayurika Lahiri 127 Sorab Dalal
24 Asha Gopinathan 76 Medha S. Rajadhyaksha 128 Spenta Wadia
25 Atindra N. Pal 77 Mercy J Raman 129 Srikanth Sastry
26 Aurnab Ghose 78 Mihir Arjunwadkar 130 Sriram Ramaswamy
27 Avinash Dhar 79 Mohan Rao 131 Subhadip Ghosh
28 Ayalvadi Ganesh 80 Mrinal K Ghosh 132 Subhadip Mitra
29 Ayan Banerjee 81 Mugdha Karnik 133 Subhash C. Lakhotia
30 Bidisa Das 82 Mundur V. N. Murthy 134 Suchitra Gopinath
31 Chayanika Shah 83 Nandita Narain 135 Sudeshna Sinha
32 Chetana Sachidanandan 84 Naresh Dadhich 136 Sudipto Muhuri
33 Chinmayee Mishra 85 Nisha Biswas 137 Sugata Ray
34 Chinmoy Chatterjee 86 Niti Kumar 138 Sugra Chunawala
35 Debabrata Ghosh 87 Nixon Abraham 139 Sumeet Agarwal
36 Debashis Ghoshal 88 Pallavi Vibhuti 140 Sumilan Banerjee
37 Debashis Mukherjee 89 Partho Sarothi Ray 141 Surendra Ghaskadbi
38 Debashish Goswami 90 Prabhakar Rajagopal 142 Swapan Chakrabarti
39 Deepak Barua 91 Prabir Purkayastha 143 Tapan Ghosh
40 Deepika Choubey 92 Pradip Dasgupta 144 Tapan Saha
41 Devaki Kelkar 93 Pradipta Bandyopadhyay 145 Tejal Kanitkar
42 Dibyendu Nandi 94 Prajval Shastri 146 Tushar Vaidya
43 Dinesh Abrol 95 Prakash Burte 147 V. S. Sunder
44 Dinu Chandran 96 Pranay Goel 148 Vidita Vaidya
45 Dipshikha Chakravortty 97 Prasad Subramanian 149 Vijay Chandru
46 Dipti Jadhav 98 R. Ramanujam 150 Vineeta Bal
47 Divya Oberoi 99 Raghav Rajan 151 Vivek Borkar
48 Gagandeep Kang 100 Raghunath Chelakkot 152 Vivek Monteiro
49 Gaiti Hasan 101 Rahul Roy
50 Gauhar Raza 102 Rahul Siddharthan
51 Gautam Menon 103 Rajiva Raman
52 Geeta Mahashabde 104 Rama Govindarajan


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Click here to read and download the People’s Health Manifesto-2019 in English

Click Here to read and download the People’s Health Manifesto-2019 in Hindi

Click Here to know about Jan Swasthiya Abhiyan (JSA) – People’s Health Movement India

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