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Prove traditional knowledge with modern science, says Mashelkar

Eminent Indian scientist and former CSIR director general Raghunath Anant Mashelkar has stressed the need for validating traditional practices, such as Ayurveda, with modern science instead of just going by “blind faith”.

“The scientific method of how things work and the way things work … as long as we are combining modern science and modern methods of validation … we should not go by blind faith,” Mashelkar told reporters on the sidelines of a lecture on “Reinventing India as an innovation nation” at IMI Kolkata.

The Padma Vibhushan awardee spearheaded the creation of Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) which he said not only merges traditional knowledge with digital technology but also helps protect intellectual property rights.

“Not only wrong patents are not given but the multinational companies are not filing the patents … that practice stopped because of TKDL,” he said.

The former Council of Scientific and Industrial Research chief added: “Look at traditional knowledge with pride but in a context.”

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