Challenges of Communicating Science in India, the World’s Largest Democracy?

A talk by Pallava Bagla and Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan
Government of India

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How do you communicate science in a country where there are 1600 languages of which 22 are actually officially recognized languages, but a country with over a billion mobile phones and the world’s largest market for Facebook and WhatsApp. There are challenges and opportunities and how to use tap social media and the monster called `dis-information. Dr K VijayRaghavan India’s Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India and someone who believes in public outreach will be in conversation with Pallava Bagla, a seasoned India based science reporter.
India is the world’s largest democracy with a population of 1.3 billion and the country has invested heavily in science and technology. In these times of Covid-19 pandemic when a vaccine against corona is a high priority and India is one of the largest hubs for the manufacture for vaccines and New Delhi will surely play an important role in vaccinating the world. India has a robust end to end space program with successful missions to The Moon and Mars and an astronaut program in the making. India’s atomic energy program is an envy of the world with India having exploded atom bombs in 1998. Communicating science to the vast Indian population is great fun and Covid-19 has only shown that effective communication can indeed take place.

Pallava Bagla

Science Photo Journalist

Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan

Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

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