I protest against ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan and Directer of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center,
S Veeraraghavanfor their actions against the constitutional duty of Article 51Ah according to which, every Indian citizen is expected to promote scientific temper.
It is a petty matter when an ailing patient or a failing student prays god. However, it is a grave national disgrace when persons of elite stature such as yours stoop to the level of commoners to pray at Saibaba Temple or Lord Venkateswara Temple for professional success. I wonder if you spent for the travel and worship expenses from your own pockets. I also wonder if your absence from duty for a purpose that is against your fundamental duty should be considered as 'a break in service' and those leaves of absence should be considered as 'un-paid leaves' and all consequent dues should be recovered from you. It is also disgrace to the global community of engineers and scientists on whose behalf you (
S Veeraraghavan) have audaciously claimed that "We scientists and engineers do our best and leave rest to the God".
Scientific temper is a greater, more important and independent skill than tech savviness or science literacy. God has no place in science. It is part of your professional responsibility to guide
Indiaout of the superstitions, gullibility and faiths that have riddled our country, especially with greater penetration after 1990.
In these actions, you have caused more damage to
Indiathan the monetary benefits from the success of PSLV-C21, by setting a wrong example to follow for people, regarding desired attitude towards faith. I wish that you repent your actions and strive to undo the damage done by you to the public psyche.
By the way, as an aside, have you ever considered blaming your gods (and claiming damage recovery from the temple trust authorities) when some of the earlier Indian rockets failed?