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21 Feb, 12 tweets, 3 min read
I agree with this statement not from my political experience of POV.
But, rather from my experience of what is being done by their govt in context of medicine & science. Egs -
1. gagging science by needing permission to participate in international conferences (why???)
2. By trying to experiment with evidence based medicine at cost of health & safety of people by promoting non MBBS graduates to perform medical procedures that require long term skill development.
3. By promoting pseudoscience cures like Cow urine, coronil (the list is too long.
4. By labeling science & medical experts raising genuine science, medical safety concerns (in context of vaccines more recently) as antinationals, propaganda mongers & what not. (Sorry but science ain't your dog that you can shut up into not barking. It doesn't work like that)
5. By diluting our scientific research, clinical trial process & regulatory frameworks in context of covid related drug eg. pushing HCQ or pushing covaxin without phase 3 data while denying access to better & more efficacious on the pretext of vaccine nationalism
6. In context of covid control they have used misinformation in terms of shifting the narrative of covid19 management to recovery rates & similar jargon which are incorrect parameters to assess covid19 related performance.
7. The govt as well as its ministers have had no qualms in promoting quackery, pseudoscience, curb scientific discussions, dilute rugors of our regulatory frameworks & dishing out absolute rubbish (like cow exams) in relation to medicine & science
8. While Russian & Chinese vaccines see rise in global demands, thanks to Indian political interference in the name of nationalism covaxin is hardly being talked about, because the data that was supposed to be made available in a week's time is nowhere in sight after 2 months.
9. The results of our own NFHS survey in context of malnutrition have been ignored & denied. This has serious consequences in terms of long term health of our children, mothers & general population.
So purely from a scientific, evidence based, logical POV deriving conclusions from the actual actions of this govt (irrespective of what it may have to say) it is really hard to not come to conclusions that Indian science & medicine is being forced back into time.
You cannot label scientific community or science related inquiries as some antinational or ideological conspiracy.

Science functions on open curiosity, it thrives through its ability to be questioned, it evolves through critique.
Anyone who lables questioning or curiosity as far as science is concerned, limits discussions & debates when it comes to science irrespective of who they are or whatever they claim their motives be, their integrity & commitment towards science is questionable.
Erosion of India's scientific & health care credibility especially during the present time when India had all the odds in its favour to attract global science & healthcare investment & turn into a quality global research & development centre is a great disservice to all of us.

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The standard of your existing reporting is pathetic & that this hasn't struck home to even 1 editor goes to highlight your health related illiteracy.
From a seriously frustrated medical expert. #kthanxbye
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