Despite ISRO achieved many breakthroughs, still scientists in ISRO are used to go-to temples before launching the satellites. Is it correct in a rational world especially when it is against to the “Develop Scientific temper” A fundamental duty.
It is true that
pujas are conducted before ISRO launches, and even priests are invited to
‘sanitized’ areas to do so. It’s a shame
and it’s the wrong signal – that we have less confidence in our scientific
temper and more faith in some unseen power.
It is religion,
it is irrational, it is fear and faith based, which should be kept at a
personal level, and worst – it is unscientific.
This should have no place in any organization which relies on scientific
knowledge and the pursuit of more, through research. The time wasted on this is also paid for by
the tax payer, so at some level, it is also illegal.
But on the other
side of the coin, if by spending some small amount of time and money (which is
not paid by ISRO, presumably), no matter what the activity, puja or feeding
stray dogs, doesn’t matter, they deliver what they’re supposed to deliver, then
one can request them to kindly keep this matter out of public eye.
personal space and time, scientists can of course have other pursuits,
religious or spiritual or whatever, and of course there need not be conflict,
but bringing those things into an endeavour collectively endorsed and sponsored
by a secular nation, is wrong, morally, intellectually, and spiritually.
The approach to
launch satellites and explore space is not through meditation, is it? It is through rational processes, by sending
probes, getting data, and figuring out how to use physics, engineering,
mathematics and measurable, verifiable, repeatable, recordable processes that
If a 300 crore launch
goes wrong, can our scientists blame the wrath of Lord Vishnu for a crash, put
that in a report, and forget about it?
If not, then they should keep their damn religious nonsense out of their
The first objection, is that this was probably
the most ridiculous thing done to ensure the safe journey of the orbiter. Are
your calculations not correct? Then nothing can save you. If they are then why
pray? Doing a haven will not change anything in the orbiter mid-air. And if you
pray and something does go wrong, we dread to think who is to blame.
guaranteed by the constitution to practice whatever ludicrous beliefs they
might harbour. However, this cannot be done in official capacity by a
government official. This is blatantly unconstitutional and against the spirit
of Directive Principle of scientific temper.