Strong parallels can be drawn between the recent anti-biotech and anti-nuclear movements. To begin with, both have nothing to do with safety; they are really a cultural/political war against modern science and progress.
The Prime Minister and the Government persevered in the case of nuclear power. It is time the Government showed a similar resolve for biotechnology.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, in its 500-odd page report, severely indicted the GM crops technology and called for complete cessation of even field tests, which are so crucial to research and development activities.
Condemning one of the truly transformative technologies of our times without a sound scientific rationale has harmed India’s agricultural progress.