Pune: “Despite 70 years of us achieving independence, we have not been able to develop a scientific temper and we still get to see superstitions and irrational behaviour around us,” said Dr Jayant Narlikar, Padma Vibhushan, Emeritus Professor, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA).
He was speaking while receiving the Vigyan Tantragyaan Shreshtha Award by Bharat Asmita National Awards Foundation for his contribution to the field of Science and Astrophysics.
Other awardees felicitated at the Bharat Asmita National Awards were Rama Bijapurkar, Management Consultant and Educator, in the category of Acharya Shrestha Award, Rajeev Satav, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Former National President, Indian Youth Congress, in the category of Jana Pratinidhi Shrestha, Manoj Joshi, well known actor, and Rajan and Sajan Mishra, renowned Khayal style singers, in the category of Jana Jagran Shreshta.
The award ceremony was jointly organised by MIT School of Government, MIT World Peace University and Bharat Asmita Foundation.
Also present at the ceremony were Dr Vijay Bhatkar, renowned computer scientist, Dr Vishwanth Karad, Nanik Rupani, eminent industrialist, Rahul Karad, Executive President, MIT World Peace University, and Sharad Chandra Darade Patil. The award selection committee comprised of stalwarts like Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Dr Vishwanath Kard, Shyam Benegal, Ritu Chhabria, Ritu Nanda, Nadir Godrej and Rahul Karad.
Narlikar further said, “Pt Jawaharlal Nehru had envisioned an India, which would imbibe scientific attitude or temper, but sadly, it has not happened. I, on my part, will keep trying to campaign towards restoring a scientific temper among people, till my last breath.”