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AIR to broadcast Dr Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture 2014

MUMBAI: All India Radio will broadcast the annual Dr Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture 2014 delivered this year by MP and eminent scientist Dr Murli Manohar Joshi on 3 December.

The lecture will be broadcast at 9:30 pm on AIR’s national hook up as part of the 130th birth anniversary celebrations of India’s first President.

The lecture on ‘Vigyan aur Sanskriti’ was held at the National Media Centre, New Delhi.

Joshi began his speech by paying tributes to Dr Rajendra Prasad whom he hailed as ‘a saint in Indian politics’. He capsulized the importance of family and how it defies all scientific concepts.

He quoted many scholars, thinkers and scientists who have given their individual perspective towards society at large. The few names quoted were Rousseau, Descartes, Newton and Bacon.

“We are all driven by what Information Technology and Communication want us to see and believe. Today society is greatly influenced by this new age scientific invention which is regulating us and eventually we are being driven by the market forces,” he said.

Speaking on the confluence of science and society, he stressed that society which is manipulated by market does not thrive for long and this is where Indian society can come as a winner.

The lecture series is organised annually by AIR since 1969. This lecture is part of the top billed annual events of All India Radio. The others are Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture Series, Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan and Sarv Bhasa Kavi Sammelan.

AIR DG Fayyaz Sheheryar said, “The 60 year old tradition of Dr Rajendra Prasad Lecture brings forth newer subjects that dwell on India’s fast and tireless face to achieve the target of staying shoulder to shoulder with the developed nations.”

Few names who had been a part of this lecture are Dr Hazari Prasad Diwedi, Mahadevi Verma, Dr Girija Vyas and VP Singh.