The country’s top science agency tailored its findings to fit Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

How Science in India Became a ‘Political Weapon’ Under Modi – The New York Times

The country’s top science agency tailored its findings to fit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s optimistic narrative despite a looming crisis, researchers say.NEW DELHI — The forecast was mathematically based, government-approved and deeply, tragically wrong.In September 2020, eight months before a deadly Covid-19 second wave struck India, government-appointed scientists downplayed the possibility of a new outbreak. Previous infections and early lockdown efforts had tamed the spread, the scientists wrote in a study that was widely covered by the Indian news media after it was released last year.The results dovetailed neatly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two main goals: restart India’s stricken …

 

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