About 40% of more than one billion population of India still costitute illiterate people who do not have access to any print mainstream media and communicuating science to them is a daunting task.Of late broadcast media has appreciably reached to remote corners of India thanks to the rapid spread of sattelite mediated television programmes.But lack of proper supply of electricity and other essential infrastructures is a limiting factor to exploit fully the benefit of this broadcast media too.Then how to reach such audience?
Some novel methods of communication of science and technology to such people is currently in vogue in certain parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh province of India which include S&T communication through cultural events.Here people are easily oriented first to some mythologial or legandary shows/drama and then in very subtle way science and technology is introduced to them for their easy grasp.Such expereiments have yielded encouraging results.
An example perhaps would make the methodology more explicit and clear.In Indian mythology the godess of power Ie DURGA is known to have had waged a fight with a mighty demon named MAHISHSHUR/RAKTABIJ who attianed some sort of immortality as mere fall of one drop of his blood could create yet another invincible MAHISHASHUR .But Godess Durga played a trick and ultimately killed the demon.Help of this myth is sought to explain the gullible the science of cloning.And so on so forth.
How many of you dear friends would approve such method of communicating science to illiterate people? Is it good to mix mythology with science?