Mangaluru, June 16, 2016: After doing ’research’ into the miraculous properties of ganga jal, panacea like properties of gaumutra, CSIR (COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP (EXTRAMURAL RESEARCH DIVISION) )has now gone into propagation of faith in a non existent entity called ‘god’.
The research fellows have to sign an undertaking with various clauses none of which can be held to be objectionable except this:
FORM OF OATH OF ALLEGIANCE “ I ……………………………………………………..do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to India and to the Constitution of India established and that I will loyally carry out the duties. So help me God.”
Signature of the Research Fellow / Associate While being faithful and bear true allegiance to the constitution of India is laudable, we fail to understand what an entity called ‘god’ has to do with it! It may be a research project of CSIR for the next millennium to establish the existence of this entity. But, we do not know which is the god they are talking about whether it is the millions of those of the Hindu pantheon, or the patriarchal Abrahamaic bearded figure sitting on a mountain or the god of the aborigines which may vary from tribe to tribe. Well one wonders as to what atheists have to do to be eligible for a fellowship from CSIR or whether they are specifically excluded as they do not believe in any such power. This applies also to Buddhists and Jains who do not believe in any such powers.
In a secular democratic country like ours where there is freedom of belief I do not know how CSIR can compel scholars to sign oath owing allegiance to an entity whose existence has not been proved so far. We strongly condemn this move to thrust the beliefs on others. We demand that the CSIR withdraw this sentence immediately. This goes against the article 51 AH of the constitution of India which states that it is the duty of every citizen to develop scientific temper, the spirit of inquiry and humanism.