On April 11th, the Assam chapter of All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) is organizing a ‘March for Science’ to support the Global March for Science which will be organized as a protest against attacks on science and rational thinking process across the world. While the march will be held on April 14 across the world, in Assam it will be held on April 11 because of the Bihu celebrations.
AIPSN national joint secretary Isfaqur Rahman on Wednesday in a meeting appealed to all science-loving people to join hands to express solidarity with the Global March for Science. Attacks on science and reason through the use of public institutions must stop, Rahman said. In Assam, members of the institutions affiliated to AIPSN – such as Assam Science Society, Ellora Vigyan Mancha, Gyan-Vigyan Samiti-Assam and Commercial Representatives Union (northeast region) – will throng the streets to demand for a helpful atmosphere for promoting the scientific temperament.
Rahman also added that in India, attacks on science have come in the form of assassination of rationalists and journalists including Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, professor MM Kalburgi and the journalist Gauri Lankesh. The AIPSN believes that the scientific community, and all people who have faith in science and reason, must together resist these attacks. The AIPSN in a statement said it sees a pattern in these attacks on science and reason across the world.