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Seminar paper from the year 2016 in the subject Sociology - Culture, Technology, Peoples / Nations, Jawaharlal Nehru University , language: English, abstract: Organized movements, whether social, scientific, political or religious have been the backbone of India's developmental capabilities. The more prominent movement in recent times has been the environmental movement group such as the Narmada Bachao Andolan which questions the relevance of constructing large dams at the expense of people's livelihood in India. But one can assume that with so many movements in the history of India, ranging from highly successful to suppression, there would be some form of coordination or structured framework pushing these groups. This we can trace through the People Science Movement (PSM) that can be considered an umbrella movement that embodies "science" movements in India.
First, it is important to examine the factors responsible for the emergence of the PSM, which can be attributed to the dichotomy between modern science and traditional science, or between elite science and science for the people. There was a growing concern among scientists and social scientists that scientific research in India was done at the helm of the elite group with little to no purpose or application for the wider section of society. Thus, this elite touch of science led to the emergence of numerous voluntary groups.
To give a definition of PSM would greatly hamper the activities and purpose of the People Science Movement. One can attempt to understand PSM through various episodes in Indian history. Prakash in her article, People's Science Movement and Women Struggle stated that the pursuance of people science simply implies the dissemination of science, creation of a new science, or it can be a synthesis of a science which in its production, content and use operates to challenge the status quo.