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Today , the 28th February, we are celebrating the ‘National Science Day’ in our country and we are proud that this is the twenty fifth NSD.
Many know that this day has something to do with your name but still mistake it as your birth day. This was the day in 1928you had discovered an interesting optical phenomenon which was called ‘Raman Effect’, for which you received NOBEL PRIZE for PHYSICS in 1930. It was in 1986 that the then Rajiv Gandhi Government declared Feb 28 to be observed as NSD. Thus the first NSD was commenced in 1987.
Your discovery is still fresh in many applications today, particularly in medicinal appliances.
It was in 1913 that when Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore received Nobel Prize for Literature for his literary work, ‘Geetanjali’ , we were all happy for an Indian receiving Nobel Prize for the first time. Then came yours. Your nephew Subrahamanyan Chandrasekhar was also a Nobel Prize (for Physics) winner in 1983 for his discovery of ‘Chandrasekhar Limit’, which you were seeing from the top of the world as we know that you left us for heavenly abode in 1970.
You had proposed an ‘effect’ and your nephew had set a ‘ limit’.
Now we are in a state of receiving global warning on global warming. Every one talks about the ‘effect’ of man-made pollution but no one dares to set a ‘limit’ to it. We live on solid earth and we forgot the nature around us.
It was the same nature that enlightened your thoughts while you were on your first voyage to Europe (to Oxford). As a boon, you had proposed the theory of scattering (or diffusion) of light by water molecules in place of ‘reflection’ of blue sky by the water surface as was then thought.
Only very few knew that your earlier studies were largely concerned with the theory of musical instruments, i.e., acoustics. Your significant discovery was that themridangam and the tabla ( Indian percussion instruments), unlike other drums, possess harmonic overtones.
Sir, Tamilnadu is proud that you were the son of their soil.
Andhra Pradesh is proud since you had your early education there.
West Bengal is proud since you devoted your spare time towards the pursuit of scientific studies while working in the Government Finance Department at Calcutta ( the city’s name is now Kolkata, Sir).
Karnataka is proud that you had set the road map of scientific progress by joining theIndian Institute of Science at Bangalore ( the city’s name is now Bengaluru, Sir) by serving the Institute for 15 years, after receiving the Nobel Prize and is also proud because you had spent your last 22 years of life at your created Raman Research Institute. For the common public there in the State, your receiving ‘RAJASABHA BHOOSHANA’ award by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1934 is still remaining afresh in minds.
On the whole, the NATION is proud because you were the FIRST BHARAT RATNA in1954, the highest civilian award given by the Government of India.
You loved Science and allowed it as an independent thinking. For you, the work of science means something that is done quietly and silently.
Sir, please take it in a lighter way, if I innocently wonder at why the Indian Nobel Prize winners had a letter ‘R’ in common in their names? Rabindranath Tagore, C V Raman, Hargobind Khorana, Mother Teresa, S Chandrasekhar, Amartya Sen, VidiadharSurajprasad Naipaul and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan – all possess the letter R at least once. If you say it is because of ‘BHARAT where R is present, hats off to you Sir(have we ever seen your face without the turban on your head ?- hence there is no place for the hat there!). It is the same R in English and Ra in Devnagari in a combined form became our Rupee Symbol Sir.
Certainly, you are all our wealth!
You worked for sensible science.
In to that sense of freedom, Sir, let our Science awake!
Bless us, dear SIR.
-- Dr. T. Venugopal, 28 February 2011
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