Pushpa Mittra Bhargava
Pushpa Mittra Bhargava (22 February 1928 – 1 August 2017) was an Indian scientist, writer, and administrator. He founded the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, a federally funded research institute, in Hyderabad. He was outspoken and highly influential in the development of scientific temper in India and argued that scientific rationalism needed to be cultivated as a civic duty. Bhargava worked in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, and travelled in over 50 countries.
He produced more than 125 scientific publications. He served as a member in the National Security Advisory Board and nominee of the Supreme Court of India on the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee of the Government of India. He opposed the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill, calling it “unconstitutional, unethical, unscientific, self-contradictory, and not people-oriented”. He was the only scientist in the CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) who had the will to support Shiva Ayyadurai, an expatriate scientist who was sacked from the CSIR by Samir Brahmachari when he authored a report that was critical of the CSIR leadership, alleging corruption, cronyism, and nepotism.