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By Pallava Bagla, V. V. Binoy

This first-of-a-kind quantity offers a picture of current technology communique coverage and perform in India throughout diverse S&T sectors, and gives recommendations to development powerful communique. It offers an figuring out on tips to keep away from societal clashes in events while technological know-how meets the general public in those sectors. The editors and individuals argue that potent S&T conversation leads not just to a extra trained public but in addition advantages learn itself, and in a altering society like India it is a an important point relating to sturdy governance and coverage making. during this quantity, skilled masters of the craft supply useful strategies to creating S&T verbal exchange more beneficial in an enormous democracy like India, which has advanced concerns concerning literacy degrees, assorted languages, various political will, achieve, and assets. via, discussions on situations of constructing details modules for the general public on the net, tv and radio, social media, in addition to conventional methods of outreach like people’s technology hobbies, retaining well known technological know-how occasions, and festivals, the quantity offers hugely beneficial instructions on how constructing international locations with low assets and intricate populations can converse S&T study to the general public and bridge communique gaps.

This quantity will curiosity researchers from technology, social technological know-how, mass verbal exchange and public kinfolk departments, reporters, in addition to practitioners and coverage makers from executive and non-government associations inquisitive about S&T coverage, perform and communique and those who are looking to comprehend the complicated S&T panorama of India.

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What is the first reason? The first reason is demographic. Most countries in the world are facing population declines. India is the only country in the world that is going to add 400 million people … in the next 30 years! That is our demographic karma (fate). Four hundred million people constitute one-third of our population, virtually! We are going to add in the next 30 years. Now, if your population is declining, you can maintain the current standards of consumption but if you are going to add 400 million people, you have got to worry about not just your consumption but also about what prospects you are going to leave behind for future generations.

Nobody could accuse Kartikeya of being anti-science, and it was his organisation that invited people, scientists, farmers, consumers and the general public. The whole idea was just to listen to the people articulating different points of view. And these public consultations, of course, became very acrimonious. Because nobody was talking to each other, everybody was talking at each other; the scientists were arrogant in their certitude and the members of the civil society were equally obnoxious in their cocksureness because civil society felt that they had a monopoly on social conscience and scientists believed that they had a monopoly on knowledge.

Even so, green growth for us is not some luxury, yaar (friend), it has to be something fundamental to us. And I think a part of our failure is that today in this current environment of growth and technology triumphalism that you see in the media and in the political discourse, I am afraid, the prospects for sustainable growth are now going to take a backseat. People are going to say, “Hmm … you know, let us grow and we will think about sustainability later and so on and so forth …”. So the challenge for the scientific community and the challenge for the civil society in larger public, including media, is to reinforce this message of why green growth is important.

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