The story of Indian science generally focuses on the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the scientific institutions that were built to help India industrialise. This story is incomplete, as it does not take … Read more

Science Will Survive the Modi Regime, Will Science Institutions?

THIS year also, the Indian Science Congress held in Jalandhar, covered itself with shame; as it has been doing for the last few years. Venkataramanan Ramakrishnan, the Nobel Prize winning scientist, had called it a … Read more

Science Wars to Climate Change Denial: Post Modernism and its Consequences

Most of those who led the charge against science explaining nature, are now surprised that climate-change deniers have stolen their theme song. Immersed in the assault on science, this group of thinkers simply overlooked the … Read more

Dating Bakhshali Manuscripts: Answering Important Questions in History of Mathematics

The Bakhshali Manuscripts, a collection of 70 odd leaves of birch bark, containing a wealth of mathematical methods, have finally been dated. The oldest of the three samples tested was written as early as the … Read more

Ancient Civilisations and the Aryan Myth

The belief of Aryan superiority and identifying Aryans with white skin and blue eyes was a strong component of Nazi Germany’s racial beliefs. It was intimately connected to the larger racial construction underlying imperialism. A … Read more

Calling People Niggers and Wogs — the Science of IQ

Racism is intimately connected with imperialism and serves as one of its ideological underpinnings. The growth of racism in the West has been historically co-terminus with the growth of colonialism. Colonising Africa, Asia and the … Read more

Afroasiatic Roots of Greece

In Alexandria, Egypt, there is a Greco-Romanic museum founded by two Frenchman in 1890’s. The striking feature of this museum is its attempt to portray Egypt under the Ptolemy’s as essentially Greek. Alexander founded Alexandria … Read more

Race is Truly Skin Deep — Out of Africa Origin of Homo Sapiens

The evolution of humanity from the more ape like ancestors may appear to be only a scientific question. However, race and class viewpoints are intimately connected to such questions as they impact the structure of … Read more

Scientific Racism and Recent Technologies in Java

The history of human evolution has always been deeply tainted by the politics of race. Initially, the reigning anthropologists argued that the races were virtually different species, descended independently from the apes — the thesis … Read more

Astrology in the Universities: Sense, Nonsense and Science

Are we moving forward or backward in time? The recent proposal of the University Grants Commission to introduce courses on astrology, vastushastra and Hindu mathematics in science curricula, has been greeted with exclamations of disbelief … Read more

Cuba Supports Health And Literacy Programmes In Venezuela

This is an abridged version of the original article published in the May 11th issue of “The Militant”) BARRIO Adentro, which translates roughly as “Into the heart of the neighbourhood,” is the name of a … Read more

Dreams And Reality At Indian Science Congress 2004

THE annual ritual called the Indian Science Congress was held in Chandigarh in the first week of January. The event came and went with little notice taken in the media or by the wider public. … Read more