Spotting scientists, lazy scientists

C.N.R. Rao. Source: YouTube

Calling scientists as a community ‘lazy’ is to abdicate the responsibility to make it easier for them to enjoy the fruits of their labours.

Why India’s rabies problem is especially bad

India bears the world’s heaviest rabies burden, according to a new study from the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, accounting for 35% of all deaths due to the disease. Here’s why you shouldn’t be surprised (data from GARC). 1. Vaccination coverage of dogs Among the BRICS nations, India has the highest population of dogs and one of the lowest rates of vaccination. 2. Chances of receiving care If you were bitten by an animal, in India the animal could be rabid 54% of time, and in China, 55%. But of every thousand people… Read More

Alibaba IPO – A vindication of China’s Internet?

If China wants Alibaba to go international, it will find it tough to take refuge behind its current Internet governance policies. Anuj Srivas explains.

R&D in China and India

“A great deal of the debate over globalization of knowledge economies has focused on China and India. One reason has been their rapid, sustained economic growth. The Chinese economy has averaged a growth rate of 9-10 percent for nearly two decades, and now ranks among the world’s largest economies. India, too, has grown steadily. After years of plodding along at an average annual increase in its gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.5 percent, India has expanded by 6 percent per annum since 1980, and more than 7 percent since 1994 (Wilson and… Read More

Tackling Redhouse gas emissions

The 17th conference on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change claims to have invited delegates from all member states of the UN to discuss on and arrive at a consensus toward the future of the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in December next year. However, recent trends amongst participants have shown that the principle negotiating blocks are the USA, the EU and the BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Unfortunately, trends have also shown that no consensus on anything is reached until the last moment of the conference,… Read More

Afterlife of the Kyoto Protocol: A case of development as currency

The Kyoto Protocol will expire in December, 2012, almost exactly a year from today. Its legal bindings will collapse and remove all restrictions on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions it currently places on the 64 countries that ratified it in 1997. Then, if an apparently weak conscience can be disregarded, and many believe it can, then the only thing standing in the way of ourselves and a future that is environmentally secure and free from the threat of extreme weather events is the adoption of a self-imposed and self-regulated system. A system that… Read More

Behind the veils of ignorance

Why is it wrong to question OBL’s assassination? The day after it occurred, I read multiple accounts of journalists and other celebrities being issued warnings of being “insensitive” because of the same reason. Insensitive to whose sentiments? Being someone who respects Gandhi and his ways, I also remain of the opinion that some crimes deserve the penalty of death, that an eye for an eye may make the whole world blind… while blindness itself has assumed requirement. At this point, I recall Rawls’ landmark veil-of-ignorance thought experiment, the demands of its implications… Read More

The world’s hardest job

That Osama bin Laden was resident in a sprawling compound in Abbotabad, 60 km from Islamabad, 100 km from the Indian border and a much shorter distance away from a Pakistani military training academy, for five years without the knowledge of the local government or the ISI spells egregious news for Pakistan for two reasons: If the government really had no knowledge of the world’s most-wanted man living just outside the national capital, running the Al Qaeda while having half the satellites in the sky looking for him, then credit is due… Read More

Summarized History Of Education In India

The Kothari Commission (1964 – 1966) was the first major step towards educational reforms and policies in India. Some of the salient features of the report’s recommendations are: Free and compulsory education till the age of 14 Development of languages, especially Hindi and Sanskrit, regional languages and introduction of the three language formula Equality of educational opportunities Development and prioritisation of scientific education and research Eradication of illiteracy and provision of adult education This report has been responsible for the promotion of mathematics and the sciences over social sciences and arts in… Read More