600 researchers seek proof of cow dung effect on radiation claim by Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog

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BENGALURU: Around 600 scientists and science practitioners have written to Vallabhbhai Kathiria, chairman, Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, seeking evidence for his claims that keeping cow-dung cakes in houses reduces ‘radiation’, and that they have produced a cow-dung ‘chip’ that can reduce radiation from cell-phones.
Kathiria, at a press conference on October 13 had also said that his statements were “scientifically proven”.
“…Since no details were shared, being practitioners of science, we have the following questions for you: When and where were the said scientific experiments done? Who were the principal investigators? Where were the findings published? If it was in a research journal, was it peer-reviewed? Can the data and experimental details be provided?”
The letter has been signed by researchers and scientists spread across the country from institutes like IISc in Bengaluru, TIFR in Mumbai, IISER in Mohali, Delhi University, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, IIT Roorkee, IIT-Kolkata, members of Breakthrough Science Society in Kottayam, Bengaluru and other cities, and many others.
In the letter, the researchers asked Kathiria what experimental controls were used to establish the efficacy of dung to reduce radiation, which instrument was used to measure radiation, which type of radiation was measured, how many instruments of each type of phone and how many such phone types were used in this experiment and how much of public funding was awarded for this research?
“If, in case, you do not have the valid data to support your claims, then your press conference is equivalent to propagating superstition and pseudoscience, which goes against Article 51A (h) of the Indian Constitution which reads: ‘it shall be the duty of every citizen of India to develop scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform’,” the letter read.
Further, as the Aayog is a public funded body, if claims were made without scientific backing, can be construed as misutilisation of public money, particularly in a time when every sector of the country is struggling for funding, they said.
“We hope that you will provide answers to these questions to quash any doubts about the authenticity of your claims,” they added.

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