A dangerous optimist, Mashelkar is
uniquely multifaceted. In 1998, this scientist received J.R.D. Tata Corporate
Leadership Award, an exclusive honour reserved for Indian Corporates. In 1998,
he was also elected Fellow of Royal Society, the topmost honour reserved for
world’s pathbreaking scientists. But then he also pioneered `Gandhian
Engineering’ -`More from less for more people’ - catering to the needs of the
poor. And why? Mashelkar says, as a poor boy, he studied under streetlights. He
understands the pains of poverty.
Mashelkar valiantly fought and revoked the wrong
US patents on turmeric and Basmati rice based on India’s traditional knowledge.
But to US multinationals, he licensed patents based on modern knowledge of
Indian laboratories, pioneering the trend of reverse transfer of technology.
He is a Director on boards of India’s leading
companies, from Tatas to Reliance. 36 global universities have bestowed honorary
doctorates upon him. The Government’s trust in him shows through the twelve
high-powered Mashelkar Committees, many of them on contentious issues.
As its leader, Mashelkar transformed CSIR, the
world’s largest chain of laboratories-heralded as one of the top ten
achievements of Indian Science & Technology in the 20th century. He has
received Padmavibhushan at the hands of President of India and Star of Asia at
the hands of George Bush (Sr), former US President.
If god permits one wish, Mashelkar says he will
ask for one day on earth again in 2050 to see his dream coming true - India as
a leading advanced nation.
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