On 8 November 2016, Prime Minister suddenly appeared on Television and in his historic address to the nation announced that the 500 and 1000 rupee currency notes will no longer be a legal tender. Although Indian government had gone for demonetization on two prior occasions (in 1946 and in 1978), but the scale of this … Continue reading Demonetization: what we really got in the gamble with a country’s economy?
It seems Indian political and bureaucratic system for funding research has forgotten to ask these three simple questions that any investigative work must try to answer. India, despite success in fields like space engineering, lacks proper innovation and basic research institutes. There are many issues with R&D industry in India, but we will probe the … Continue reading Basic Research Questions: What, Where and Why?
Imagine having to pay ridiculous royalties for "Mah ki dal" (common lentil curry in India). It would be unacceptable even to think about it but time and again companies have tried to take advantage of indigenous practices and patented it to claim it as their own. In past, we were able to successfully revoke their patents on Turmeric (curcuma … Continue reading Biopiracy: Patenting Nature