How Indian science stopped being fun and turned into a formula

“We need to go back to our inventive history and bring science back into the celebrations called culture, to create a science as inventive as our music or our dance, a science that celebrates 50,000 varieties of rice and ensures that they do not become a monoculture of five to ten species. Next time you read the Mashelkars, the MGK Menons or the Murli Manohar Joshis, remember the need for the Mushtaq Alis of science.”

Read an excerpted from Theatres of Democracy: Between The Epic And The Everyday by Shiv Visvanathan, edited by Chandan Gowda, HarperCollins India in