Indian scientist has cast a bleak and
worrisome shadow over the future of basic science in India. The author is lamenting the
fact that one is unable to perform cutting-edge science in India. I fully agree that every
country should encourage and support basic science. But, for countries such as India,
currently, this is a luxury and she cannot afford to divert much of her limited resources
to this end. India needs to catch up before it can lead.
Over the past few years, India has seen some
tremendous overall improvement. If progress can be quantified, then the burgeoning middle
class, the prevalence of automobiles, the growth of telecommunication networks, and the
increase in foreign trade all stand as clear indicators of a positive trend. The
liberalization of India’s markets has led to a surge in foreign investment and has
increased the availability of all goods, from necessities like food to luxuries like
Internet access. Indian children, who ten years ago barely recognized a telephone, today
speak of computers. The job market is strong, the country seems set for political
stability, and things, in India, are good getting better, not bad getting worse.