ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Brundaban Chandra Raj

Ethnocentric Science ALTHOUGH Vasant Kaiwars article (February 26) touched upon the effects of capitalism on science and technology, the stress was mainly on defeating the concept of ethnocentric science This has made him stretch the concept of universality to an extent that leaves no place for specificity. In practice multidirectional development of science is always missed or is sidelined due to specific aspects like political situation, living conditions, natural surroundings, etc Even though the concepts that develop may be universally correct, it is incorrect to claim them as the 'only' possible trend. Due to the political conditions and money power it is possible to undermine or eliminate all the other scientific trends if they are not amenable to the ruling power. By scientific, we mean any activity which can be verified by repetition irrespective of the pursuits of the experimenter. Specific developments would become universal as and when suitable conditions for the same are available everywhere. In the present condition when "scientific activity is deeply interwoven with capitalist development and profit, only that science which is useful for this capitalist plunder is considered as science and all other scientific activity is clubbed along with the meaningless traditional activity.

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