Saturday, April 24, 2010

Indian Institute of Poojatic Heritage

One might be tempted to believe that the "Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage" must be something similar to esteemed Indian institutions like the IIT or AIMS. Well then you are not alone. Thousands, if not millions, of indians may already have made that connection. A very dangerous connection.

Here is a message that sounds almost positive on their website:
The modern temple has its own customs and rituals primarily focusing on the removal of the superstitions and wrong understandings of the Indian culture. A series of publications has been brought under the temple for spiritual, social and psychological benefits of the society. All the Indian festivals and spiritual programs used to be celebrated here for spreading the real message of India Culture.

Almost promising, but not quite. The most disturbing thing about this hotch potch club is that they run a Siva temple with an elaborate price list for various "pooja services".

This is happening in 21st century India, in the most literate state in the country. There is nothing even remotely scientific about any of this. Yet the name of Science has been hijacked for pushing superstition and pseudo-science. Unlike the road side Guru's and Hi-tech Swami's peddling quick-fix spirituality and online-nirvana-solutions, is even more dangerous. At least they those guys admit that they are selling superstition under the label of superstition. But Dr. Gopalakrishnan is pushing pseudo-science and pseudo-heritage as certified sciences backed by authentic manuscripts.

Fighting superstion and serving a colourful menu of various Siva pooja can be quite confusing to the young recruite to these institutions, But I am quite sure "Dr." Gopalakrishnan must have some convulted explanation to offer. I am begining to think that this has all the makings of an Ayn Rand-ish like cult. In a country where spirituality, pseudo-science, homeopathy and street magic can't be distinguished from pure sciences this is a sad and dangerous trend.

What is the criterion for granting permission to use the words "Indian Institute of Scientific...(whatever)" in an organisation's name? Is this an open field where all and sundry may choose whatever name they can dream up? The addition of the words "Indian Institute of .." to anything will sound authentic. It is a sad fact that in India any name can be registered for whatever function.

Indian Institute of Nano-nuclear Sciences.
Indian Institute of Cardiovascular Fornication
Indian Institute of Biomechanical Surgery
Indian Institute of Subatomic Sciences
Indian Institute of Sanitation Mechanics

I doubt if anyone would question their meanings or function. All these names sound real and plausibly scientific to the untrained observer. But should that be allowed? Is there no verification of their operations?

The greatest tragedy of our generation is that those who have had the priviledge of education are cunningly misleading the youth away from science.

Only in Kerala my friends. only in Kerala.


  1. 51,000 രൂപയുടെ ഒരു ശിവരാത്രി പൂജകണ്ടു ആ ലിസ്റ്റില്‍. ഈ ആനക്കള്ളന്‍ തന്നെയാണ് ജ്യോതിഷത്തെ സയന്റിഫിക്കാക്കി വ്യാഖ്യാനിച്ച പ്രസംഗത്തില്‍ പറഞ്ഞത് വിഷ്ണുമായ ചാത്തന്‍ സേവ മഠങ്ങള്‍ക്കും ധനാകര്‍ഷണഭൈരവയന്ത്രത്തിനുമൊന്നും ഒരു ഫലവുമില്ല, അതെല്ലാം തട്ടിപ്പാണെന്ന്.

    ഇനിയും ഇയാളുടെ ബിസിനസ് ലാക്ക് മനസ്സിലാകാത്ത മരമണ്ടന്മാരുണ്ട്. അവര്‍ക്ക് നിത്യശാന്തിനേരുകയേ നിവര്‍ത്തിയുള്ളൂ

  2. To a person who is so obsessed with correct usage of language and grammar, may I ask: Is the sentence "What are the criterion?" Criterion is singular so how can one write "what are the criterion?"? The correct sentence would be: "What are the criteria" or "What is the criterion" I am sure Kaippally will not argue over this as this is a glaring mistake that just cnnot be wished away! This is not to suggest that it is sooooooooooo big a mistake but having understood Kaippally to be so meticulous about so many things, especially grammar, I thought I would point this out, there are more mistakes that could be identified by just a lay person like me but there is no point in going on and on as I have no point to prove here, as such!

  3. Thank you Haris. Yes there is certainly a point in correcting my mistake. I have made that correction. But please don't stop there, I would love to hear more of my errors and omissions and improve the quality of my writing. I strongly believe that learning is life-long process.


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