Imagining the nation

Science as solution

Print edition : December 12, 2014

April 21, 1956: Nehru addressing students at the first convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Photo: The Hindu Archives

October 9, 1954: Nehru arriving at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Bombay to inaugurate the institute. Photo: The Hindu Archives

February 6, 1959: Nehru with Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, the eminent engineer, in Bangalore. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Nehru reading a telegram at the residence of Sarat Chandra Bose. Subhas Chandra Bose, who had constitued the National Planning Committee as Congress President, is to his left. Photo: THE HINDU Archives

January 20, 1957: Nehru with Homi Bhabha while dedicating a reactor at the Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay to the nation. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Looking at the grinding of a Uranium rod for fuelling the Canada-India reactor at the Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

June 1957: Nehru with Prof Niels Bohr at The Atomic Research Station, in Riso, Denmark. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The physicist Meghnad Saha, the man behind the National Planning Committe and the monthly science journal 'Science and Culture'. Photo: The Hindu Archives

March 22, 1957: Nehru presiding over the governing body of the CSIR in New Delhi. The 29-member body was set up in 1942. Photo: The Hindu Archives

For Jawaharlal Nehru, science was an “enzyme of hope”, a romance, a dream, and a constructive way of imagining the nation, which he wanted everyone to experience.
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