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FOR POSTERITY: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and nine Nobel laureates at Science City. Their handprints will be installed on "Nobel Path" at the Nobel Prize Exhibition

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Modi inaugurates Nobel Exhibition  

By Sujit Bhar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hurricane tour of the country landed him, Monday evening (January 9), at his home state of Gujarat, at Ahmedabad’s Science City, far from his political affiliates.

Amid a fascinating crowd, that had no less than nine Nobel laureates, including Indian-origin Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (Nobel in Chemistry, 2009, for his work on ribosome structure), he inaugurated the Nobel Exhibition—“The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing World” —a travelling exhibition that showcases the best in every discipline that the Nobel Committee offers.

This was no political or business meeting, but Modi was not one to be caught off-guard. His speech converged on the “innovation” issue that fell in with his Make in India policy. He said: “…today, we are making history by having a galaxy of Nobel laureates in Gujarat… My government has a clear vision of where we want India to be in the next 15 years. Science and technology is the pivot on which that vision will translate into strategy and action.”

This is a special exhibition, which 250 students selected from around the country through a competition are attending, interacting with some of the best scientific minds from around the world. Addressing these students, Modi said: “Globally, science and technology have emerged as one of the major drivers of socioeconomic development. You will be scientists soon and must not neglect the challenge posed by poverty.”

BENIGN INFLUENCE: These past PMs nurtured scientific research during their tenures

BENIGN INFLUENCE: These past PMs nurtured scientific research during their tenures

A few special qualities would separate the achievers in this field, he said. “Be inspired and be daring, have courage and be your own person and not imitative. That is how our honoured guests succeeded and that is what you should learn from them.”

Even Lars Heikensten, executive director, Nobel Foundation, had come down for the exhibition. Said he: “(Alfred) Nobel knew that good role models – people and organizations – can show that it is possible to understand the world and improve it. It is in this spirit that we organize events such as this one.”

He talked about the 15 Nobel Laureates from India, of Indian origin or who have worked in India.”Persons like Tagore, Raman, Sen and Satyarthi are the role models Nobel was looking for. In the world today, many of his ideals are threatened. Even facts are refuted—climate change is good example of this. Thus, we all have good reason to work on what he believed in,” he said.

This year, India has been fortunate to receive a double bounty, around the same time. A day before Modi had inaugurated the 104th Science Congress at the Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati (Tuesday, January 10). That was before he went over to meet the Nobel laureates.

Science and India

Science was the predominant occupation of the intelligentsia, especially in the east, in pre-Independence India. Eminent scientists of the era, starting from Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose, to Prafulla Chandra Ray were pioneers in this. Later, world renowned scientists Satyen Bose, Nobel laureate CV Raman, nuclear scientist Homi J Bhabha, father of Indian space research Vikram Sarabhai and others were instrumental in promoting progressive thoughts in society.

To this end, and with the help of two British chemists, Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P. S. MacMahon, the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) was set up in Kolkata in 1914. Today it has a membership of over 30,000 scientists.

The association meets in the first week of January, and helps in the advancement of scientific thoughts and teaching in the country.

Science thoughts have always been apolitical in this country, though it was because of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s initiative that science has seen phenomenal growth in the country. His dream of setting up premier scientific schools around India resulted in the formation of Indian Institutes of Technology as well as the Indian Institute of Science.

Later, his daughter and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, stressed on the use of science to boost India’s agriculture.

Modi has taken up the cause that had seen some slack in the recent past, and science education, he has said before, fits well into his development agenda. To this end, this was a great opportunity for him to make the best of a brief appearance.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1484053914518{background-color: #afafaf !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”THE NOBEL LAUREATES PRESENT” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The following were the Nobel laureates present at the Nobel Exhibition:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

  • Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (Nobel in Chemistry, 2009, for his work on ribosome structure). He shared the prize with Dr Thomas A Steitz and Dr Ada Yonath.
  • Dr Ada Yonath
  • Dr Richard J Roberts (1993, Medicine)
  • Dr Harold Varmus (1989, Medicine)
  • Dr David J Gross (2004, Physics)
  • Dr Serge Haroche (2012, Physics)
  • Dr Randy Schekman (2013, Medicine)
  • Dr W E Moerner (2014, Chemistry)
  • Dr H C Harmut Michel (1988, Chemistry)

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Amit Shah accuses Congress of preserving Article 370 for 70 years

Shah was addressing a Lok Sabha election rally in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh where he said the Congress and the Samajwadi Party preserved Article 370 for 70 years, due to which terrorism in the country increased.

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Amit Shah accuses Congress of preserving Article 370 for 70 years

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday attacked Congress on Sunday for preserving Article 370 of the Constitution, due to which terrorism increased in the country. He further added that BJP will never let another division of the country happen. Shah was addressing a Lok Sabha election rally in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh where he said the Congress and the Samajwadi Party preserved Article 370 for 70 years, due to which terrorism in the country increased.

Addressing the people Shah said they had made Modiji the prime minister for the 2nd time and he abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.  He compared the situation to earlier times in the valley, when the Army had to be taken along for hoisting the tricolour, at that same Lal Chowk (Jammu and Kashmir) to the situation now when the shobhayatra of Lord Krishna is being taken out. The rally was organised to garner support for B P Saroj, the BJP candidate from the Machhlishahr Lok Sabha constituency in Jaunpur.

Shah further added that the divisive policies of the Congress want to divide the country again but BJP will never let that happen again. The Union Home Minister accused the grand old party of spreading lies that if PM Modi comes to power for a 3rd time at the centre then he will abolish reservation.

Shah Pointed out that the prime minister has been in majority for the last 10 years and he did not use it to abolish reservation. Shah said, he wanted to ask (SP chief) Akhilesh Yadav and (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi that when their government was in power for 10 years, what did Uttar Pradesh get in that period? The UPA government gave Rs 4.9 lakh crore to Uttar Pradesh in 10 years as compared to the NDA government which gave Rs 19.11 lakh crore.

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Arvind Kejriwal says BJP started Operation Jhaadu to crush AAP

The Delhi chief minister alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu so that they do not grow big and become a challenge to them

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Arvind Kejriwal says BJP started Operation Jhaadu to crush AAP

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu to crush the Aam Aadmi Party since its popularity among the people is rising too fast. Kejriwal was addressing Aam Aadmi Party workers at the party office in New Delhi where he claimed the AAP’s bank accounts would be frozen after elections and they will be brought on the roads and left without an office.

The Delhi chief minister alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu so that they do not grow big and become a challenge to them.  He further added that through Operation Jhaadu, AAP’s big leaders will be arrested; they are being arrested, and in the coming days, Aam Aadmi Party’s bank accounts will be frozen.

Kejriwal pointed out that ED’s lawyer has already given this statement in court that soon after the election, AAP’s bank accounts will be frozen. He said that if they freeze their accounts now, then AAP will get sympathy. As a result after the election, ED will freeze AAP’s bank accounts. He said AAP’s party office will be cleared out, and the party will be brought to the streets.  Kejriwal said these are the 3 plans made by the BJP.

The Delhi chief minister claimed that no gold or money has been recovered from him, and the BJP, by creating false cases has got AAP leaders arrested. Kejriwal recalled that since the time he came to power in 2015, many allegations had been against him by the BJP. He said after the liquor policy scam has happened people are asking them if the scam happened then where is the money. He pointed out that in other places, when raids happen, notes and gold are recovered, but here nothing was found. Kejriwal asked the people that where is all the money? He said BJP had made fake cases and arrested AAP leaders.

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PM Modi says Congress is the mother of corruption, party was involved in coal and 2G scams

PM Modi said, Congress and JMM know nothing about development and their only job is to speak lies, loudly, again and again, and everywhere, their only objective is to do an the X-ray of poor people’s wealth and steal it.

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PM Modi says Congress is the mother of corruption, party was involved in coal and 2G scams

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an election rally in Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur on Sunday (May 19) amid the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2024.  While addressing the election rally in Jamshedpur PM Modi said, people’s excitement told him what result will come on June 4 in Jamshedpur.

He recalled the time when he used to work as a BJP party worker for many years and used to ask people at that time they would come at 10 or 11 am to attend an election rally. But today he was witnessing a huge crowd here. The prime minister thanked all of them and said Lok Sabha election decides and strengthens the future of the country.

During a public rally in Jamshedpur, PM Modi said, Congress and JMM know nothing about development and their only job is to speak lies, loudly, again and again, and everywhere, their only objective is to do an the X-ray of poor people’s wealth and steal it. He further accused the Congress and JMM of snatching the reservation of SC and ST and the party leaders of the two parties are continuously abusing Modi every day. He asked if they are not able to think beyond this? He said the whole country has realised their truth.

PM Modi said, Congress and their ally parties, wherever they have governments, he challenged those chief ministers and this is not his political statement. The prime minister said Congress’s Shehzada keeps opposing business industries, businessmen and investments.

 PM Modi asked which businessman will go and invest in those states? What will happen to the youths of those states?  He said all investors who come to him and say that they would not go to these states because of their ideology against them. He said businessmen are verbally abused there and investors are forced to think that since Shehzada has this kind of thoughts, his ally parties would have the same thoughts as well. PM Modi added Congress is the mother of corruption and party was involved in coal and 2G scams as well

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