Biology Institute campus in Thiruvananthapuram should not be named after MS Golwalkar

Biology Institute campus in Thiruvananthapuram should not be named after MS Golwalkar

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Aravindan KP started this petition to Dr Harsh Vardhan and

MS Golwalkar was a highly divisive figure in Indian history. He sowed the seeds of hatred against Muslims and other minorities in the country more than any other person and the ill effects of that propaganda is still with us today. More than that he imbibed the Nazi philosophy of racial superiority and racial eugenics as attested by this portion of a speech he gave to students of the Gujarat school of social sciences in 1960.

""Today experiments in cross-breeding are made only on animals. But the courage to make such experiments on human beings is not shown even by the so-called modern scientist of today. If some human cross-breeding is seen today it is the result not of scientific experiments but of carnal lust. Now let us see the experiments our ancestors made in this sphere. In an effort to better the human species through cross-breeding the Namboodri Brahamanas of the North were settled in Kerala and a rule was laid down that the eldest son of a Namboodri family could marry only the daughter of Vaishya, Kashtriya or Shudra communities of Kerala. Another still more courageous rule was that the first off-spring of a married woman of any class must be fathered by a Namboodri Brahman and then she could beget children by her husband."

It is beside the point that the man's poor scholarship cannot even get facts right. (It was not the eldest son but the younger ones who had to go beyond the confines of Namboodiri society to mate with women of the other castes. The eldest had to marry within the community). The main point is that the man was a vicious bigoted racist who believed in false biological theories that are totally discredited now.

It is shocking that an institute of Biology located in Kerala is to be named after this man. The very idea should be repugnant to any biological scientist and indeed to any person who believes in basic human dignity and decency.

We strongly protest naming the second campus of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram after MS Golwalkar. Such a move would be an insult to science and would draw disapprobation from all over the world.

The government of India should withdraw this proposal.

 

Dr KP Aravindan

Dr V Raman Kutty

Dr Jayasree A

Dr U Nandakumar

Dr Purushothaman KK

Dr Jinesh PS

Dr Anish TS

Dr Nisha M das

Dr Midhun Siddharthan

Dr Rohini C

Dr Anusree NV

Dr Vinuprasad VG

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