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Read the Statement by Kerala doctors

Read Press Note by AIPSN On the arrest of Jacob Vadakkanchery

A self-styled “natural healer” Jacob Vadakkanchery was recently arrested, in Kerala, for campaigning
against the use of a medicine, doxycycline at a time when the state is recovering from devastation, caused by unprecedented rain.

Some have criticized this move, as an infringement on his right to express his opinion
about this drug.

Such criticism is uncalled for since Jacob Vadakkanchery’s pronouncements and actions
have posed a threat to the government’s and many medical practitioners, who have voluntarily come forward to mitigate the health risks that Kerala’s population faces, in the wake of the recent rain and floods.

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National Scientific Temper Day on 20th August

Throughout the country, different events were organised  for NSTD:

See STD-MandiHP   TNSF   JVV(AP)     MPVS    Karnataka    PSF   JVV(Telengana)

Maharashtra     Odisha 

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*Niruj Mohan Ramanujam      *Arnab Bhattacharya   

Read News in  The Hindu Bengaluru 20Aug   The Hindu Madurai 21Aug   

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In an exclusive interview with Newsclick, Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti President Dr Avinash Patil speaks about how his organisation has continued the war against superstitions. The organisation was established by Dr Narendra Dabholkar, who was killed for running a campaign to end unscientific beliefs. According to Dr Patil, the killers are the ones who are not capable of countering an idea with another idea. They have only one weapon to be used against logic and science, which is violence.

Walmart-Flipkar Deal: Attack on Retailers, Producers, Farmers and Labour and Digital Sovereignty

The US based Multinational Corporation (MNC) Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart undermines India’s
economic and digital sovereignty and the livelihood of millions in India. If the $ 16 billion deal goes
through, two US companies (the other being Amazon) will dominate India’s e-retail sector. They will also
own India’s key consumer and other economic data, making them our digital overlords, joining the ranks of Google and Facebook.

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Sabka Desh Hamara Desh Campaign

The All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) at its All India People’s Science Congress in Bangalore in May 2015 had decided to launch an All India campaign that addresses the twin threats posed by the neoliberal and religious sectarian assault on people’s lives in India.

The contours of the programme were discussed and finalized at a national level cadre camp in July 2016, organized in Panchmari, MP. The campaign, Sabka Desh, Hamara Desh, was launched on November 7th, 2016. A National Advisory committee consisting of eminent personalities drawn from the fields of Science and culture has been formed. The campaign is conceived as a nationwide mass contact programme with a distinct political content.

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AIPSN condemns the murder of Gauri Lankesh

The assassination of Ms. Gauri Lankesh, noted Kannada journalist, writer, activist and champion  of secularism and communal harmony has come as a rude shock. Ms. Gauri Lankesh was killed on the night of 5th September, 2017, right in front of her residence in Bangalore. She was Editor of the popular Kannada weekly, Gauri Lankesh Patrike.

This brutal murder of an outspoken journalist is a dastardly attack seeking to muzzle free speech and freedom of the press. Ms. Gauri Lankesh was a bitter critic of the Hindutva brand of politics, and an uncompromising crusader against intolerance, communalism gender and caste injustice. She had also earned the wrath of many so-called godmen and spiritual institutions for exposing sexual abuses in the name of “spiritual salvation.”

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