The Inter-Academy Panel on Ethics of the three Academies of Science in India (namely the Indian National Science Academy, INSA, the Indian Academy of Sciences, IASc and the National Academy of Sciences, India, NASI) issued the following statement on 27 October 2015. The statement is available on the website of the INSA, and is reproduced below.
When we became an independent republic, our founding fathers adopted the Constitution of India which demands that its citizens abide by and uphold reason and scientific temper. Scientific temper encompasses rationality, rights and responsibility in equal measure. It crystallizes what Tagore wanted India to be, namely, a nation
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action,
Into that heaven of freedom… let my country awake.
Yet, we note with sadness and growing anxiety several of statements and actions which run counter to this constitutional requirement of every citizen of India. It is important that exemplary punishment be given to such trespassers of reason and rights. We also appeal to all sections of Indian society to raise their voices against such violative acts, so that they are nipped in the bud.