Pune: “Mahatma Gandhi had a scientific temperament. He never believed anything before he tested it himself and thus, he was closer to science than many,” said doctor turned artist and preacher of Gandhian thoughts Dr Subhodh Kerkar. He was delivering a lecture on Science and Gandhi at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).
He said, “Today, when hatred and intolerance have become the rule of the day, we need Gandhian thoughts of compassion and love. On Wednesday morning, when renowned scientists were talking on science policy of India, all of them underlined that today, we need socially valuable scientific knowledge, more inclusive and least elitist, post-truth era should be shut down.”
“Science was married to humanity, that is what Gandhiji believed,” said Kerkar adding, “Science is experiment and conclusion. Gandhiji’s autobiography ‘My Experiments With Truth’ precisely says this. My father and uncles were inspired by Gandhian thoughts. It also had an influence on me, but recently, I have become more proactive in preaching his school of thought, owing to the rising intolerance and hatred in the society,” Kerkar said.
“After reading Gandhi extensively, the hatred in me has subdued. Now, I don’t hate anyone as I understood that it is the ideology and not the individual I dislike. Gandhi made me understand this,” he added. Gandhi met Sir CV Raman, daughter of Madam Curie and Albert Einstein. He was against astrology as he believed it is not a science,” he said.
Born and brought up in Goa, Dr Kerkar is Director of Museum of Goa, a privately owned contemporary art gallery. He practised medicine for 10 years, but left it to pursue his passion i.e. art. For the last few years, he has been giving TED Talks and public lectures on Gandhi and Science.