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Scientific Temper in a nation full of Morlocks

Seventy years since Britishers left us tattered and torn, we have managed to stand up on our own legs. We put a probe in orbit around Mars. But then again, as I found out, there exists an India still under clutches of hoards of superstition and irrational beliefs. Recently as Rahu decided to feast on Moon as a revenge for ratting him out to Lord Vishnu, my mother bombarded me with shitload of data from eminent intellectuals from WhatsApp University on what to do and not to do during these couple of unfortunate hours of Lunar eclipse.

Lunar Eclipse

Demon Rahu feasting on poor Chandra. Credits to Chris Mayer for these barbaric images.

Made me ask myself… have we come a long way, since then?

Men are lynched in public on basis of rumors and worse, the murderers get away, casteism is still prevalent even among the most educated Indians, we have politicians calling for astrology to be recognized as valid science, we have leaders spending crores on their own statues, we have posters of film actors being bathed in milk when their films are released, affluent people in flashy neighborhoods have disgusting pile of waste rise up in their backyard mainly due to their own apathy, we have ‘intellectuals’ engaged in shouting contests over who should eat what which is marketed as news debates, we have a media obsessed over cleavages of actresses.

To talk about our thinkers who are supposed to be the torch bearers in quest for knowledge. The Indian Science Congress held annually is marred by many absurd claims, made in an attempt to exalt our ‘glorious’ past. Of flying jumbo jets and more advanced radar system being known to our forefathers, that organ transplantation a thing Indians invented citing examples of Ganesha. Many such pseudo-scientific theories were seen wanting to be passed as science. Continue reading

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A Complete Switchover To Electric Vehicles May Not Be Such A Wise Decision

Early last year, I read an ambitious project proposed by the government that aimed at revolutionizing how Indians drove around town. The report suggested that India is planning to go full electric starting with restructuring conventional Public Transport System to an EV based one running on swappable batteries. Though, idea of swappable batteries was soon scrapped, government’s stance on Electric Vehicles appears to be stronger than ever.

E2O

Mahindra E2O appears to be the only EV on Indian Roads, presently.

Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that by 2030, entire fleet of passenger vehicles will be replaced by electric one. Conform or be bulldozed out he threatens.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, sure. And in a gradually dying earth, such measures are significant. But the question is, in a market like that of India, aggressively pushing for such a scheme, a wise decision?

I believe, the government apart from making an unrealistic market forecast, also are in complete disregard for the environmental effects of operating these vehicles. Now, let me make this clear that I am in no way arguing against EVs. They are great alternatives to what we have currently today. I am arguing against going fully electric. Continue reading

Dystopian Visions

Surveilance

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With Adhar being forced down our throats for anything and everything, a society increasingly polarized along religious and political lines, fascist chest thumping nationalists committing crimes so frequently that it has become a norm, protected by an indifferent law and order, a government of trolls and ignorant nitwits led by a goblin of a leader… we as a nation are facing doom.

The Adhar, especially, drew parallels with Orwell’s 1984 on how it’d make surveillance easy and for an authoritarian government such as this one… this is a wet dream come true. There are people who’d say that this is all paranoia but considering this government which is at helm, what guarantee do we have from them, who has history of secretly surveilling people and shadow banning people and trends on Twitter, that it wouldn’t do it? Also why is such a hare brained idea with serious technological loopholes being implemented in such haste?

But then arguments in favor of it all is what baffles me. Ache Din they say. Welfare for everyone, no corruption, every one equal in front of law, rainbows and unicorns in sky. Fucking Utopia. Bunch of bullshite.

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