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UNTOLD SAGA OF THE STRUGGLE FOR SWATANTRATA THROUGH SCIENCE
Time is ripe to awaken the country towards the struggle and audacious scientific ventures of Indian scientists that helped in the creation of national impulse to achieve swatantrata
T‘(there was) a need for national self- expression — to show the West that, in all realms including science, In- dians were equals’ — this was the reply of legendary astrophysicist and Noble laureate Dr S Chandrasekhar when he was asked: ‘Why was there a sudden surge of modern scien- tists of international repute in the first three decades of 20th century in India?’ This reply, on one hand, reflects the discriminatory and he- gemonic tendency of the West (the British) against the Indians, and, on the other, it precisely captures and highlights the patriotic spirit of those world-class scientists who squarely challenged the oppres-
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sive colonial power as the warriors of struggle to attain swatantrata (Lor=a rk1⁄2.
In spite of this reality, is it not a surprise that we as a society are yet to acknowledge and perceive scien- tists as warriors of the struggle for swatantrata? In fact, there is enough and detailed information available on the pages of history about how ‘science’ was utilised as a potent tool to establish and consolidate ex- ploitative British rule in India; how the oppressive and discriminatory measures were exercised by colonial rulers against Indians in the scien- tific domain; and, most importantly, there are inspirational accounts of
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