Indian Science Congress : Killing the Dreams of the Young

The annual mela that is the Indian Science Congress took a turn for the worse this year. Vajpayee’s inauguration of the Congress on 3rd January was coupled with celebration of the militarisation of science. The … Read more

CPI(M) Congratulates China

The CPI(M) general secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet has sent the following congratulatory message to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on October 17, 2003: THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) warmly congratulates … Read more

IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI (CIVIL ORIGINAL JURISDICTION)CIVIL WRIT PETITION NO. OF 2002

IN THE MATTER OF Delhi Science Forum, Through its Secretary Prabir Purkayastha D-158, Ground Floor, Saket, New Delhi –10017 PETITIONER //VERSUS// Delhi Development Authority, Through its Vice Chairman, Shri P.K. Hota, Vikas Sadan, INA New … Read more

LCA Flies—But Will It Take Off?

Just as the previous session of parliament was drawing to a close, the defence ministry had informed the Parliamentary Committee on Defence that the prestigious indigenously-developed Light Combat Aircraft or LCA was likely to be … Read more

Developing a Scientific Temper

THE ALL-INDIA People’s Science Network (AIPSN) is a network of various organisations with people’s science movement (PSM) throughout the country. It was formed in 1988, just after the successful completion of Jan Vigyan Jatha in … Read more

Owning Our Data The Microsoft Way

There has been a major battle that was fought and lost on Open Document Format, when the International Standard Organisation (ISO) finally accepted Microsoft supported OOXML as another document standard. Initially, ISO had voted against … Read more

Tata Nano: is small beautiful?

Tata Nano: is small beautiful? Tata Motors’ much awaited launch of its “1-lakh car” at the New Delhi Auto Expo last week has generated huge interest all over the world. Newspapers, television shows and the … Read more

Difficulty Of Growing Tails Again

As the events in the last few months have shown, there has been a parting of the ways between the Left parties, particularly the CPI(M) and various sections, which had earlier appeared to be a … Read more

Sethusamudram Project And BJP’s Pseudo Science

  Sethusamudram Project And BJP’s Pseudo Science THE Hindutva brigade and their drumbeaters have decided once again to indulge in their favourite pastime. In the last couple of weeks they have been fuelling a campaign … Read more

Defence Scams Stink Spreads

Defence Scams Stink Spreads THE stench of sizeable scams in military purchases, arising from the Tehelka expose during the NDA regime and the inquiry into spurious dealings during the Kargil conflict, has come back with … Read more

Fundamentalism And The Year Of 2005

AS 2005 closes and 2006 opens, we find that scientific outlook against Christian fundamentalism has made an important gain with the rejection of intelligent design theory by an US court. At the same time, it … Read more

Privatisation Of Delhi water Supply

AMID a mounting storm of public criticism against the Delhi government’s plans to privatise water supply, coming on top of a wave of public protests against the hugely negative impact of electricity privatisation, the Delhi … Read more