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NEWSCLICK & THE CITIZEN JOINT PRODUCTION | 23 JANUARY, 2016

Newsclick in collaboration with The Citizen interviewed Pervez Hoodbhoy, a nuclear physicist from Pakistan on the issues of radicalization of science and Indo-Pak relation. Dr. Hoodbhoy talked about how the current situation in India can be compared to that of Pakistan of 1980s where state was promoting islamisation of science. He took the example of 103rd Indian Science Congress where Lord Shiva had been declared as greatest environmentalist and Prime Minister Modi’s reference of plastic surgery in the past. Dr. Hoodbhoy explained that on similar lines, doctors and scientists in Pakistan have claimed that verse of Quran can lead to generation of new genes and can cure terminal illness. He thinks that India is following the footsteps of Pakistan and if it continues we may lose critical thinking ability. On the question of Indo-Pak relations, Dr. Hoodbhoy congratulated both the governments for their efforts to continue the peace talks after the Pathankot attack.

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