Indian Science Congress' failed attempt at relevance

the 94th edition of the Indian Science Congress, held January 2-7, 2007 at Annamalai University in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, sought to be different. Revolving around the theme of "Planet Earth', it sought to "address vital issues related to our natural habitat'. The areas of deliberation included energy security, earth-ocean-atmosphere interactions, climate change and the science of forecasting monsoons. Focus also fell on crucial problems such as natural and human-made hazards and waste management.So, was it a conference devoted to tackling issues that went beyond the merely scientific, that had a decidedly political