We uphold that the principle of social responsibility for all scientific effort, individual or corporate, is equally consistent with individual freedom and that the quest for knowledge and truth cannot be reconciled with any dogma. We also note that Article 51A(h) of the Constitution of India reads: (citizens have a duty) to develop the scientific temper and the spirit of inquiry and reform. It is against this background that we note with horror the wilful murder of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, MBBS, who spent much of his Gandhian life for the cause of rationalist thought and action through his Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti. He stood against superstition and black magic, and attempted to bring into law the Anti-Jaadu Tona Bill (Anti-Black Magic Bill), one that allows for the constitutional freedom of worship but is against fraudulent practices. We send our sympathy to the Dabholkar family, and wish to express our deep sense of shock, condemn such acts of terrorism and urge the government to take exemplary steps so that such incidents never occur.

Prof. T.V. Ramakrishnan,

Varanasi,

Prof. D. Balasubramanian,

Hyderabad,

& Prof. M. Vijayan,

Bangalore

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