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If there is one characteristic that can define India since 1991, it is the fundamental disjunction

between the scientific-technical and the economic on the one side, and the ethical/moral and the
social/public good on the other. The latter are sacrificial lambs at the altar of a neo-liberal, market-led
model of development that can be essentially termed as technicism. In this conception, development
is merely reduced to economic growth and progress in science and technology rather than a broader
understanding of human or planetary well-being. Of course, science itself is not pursued for its
revolutionary implications, while technology is merely a panacea for practical needs. Both are seen in
a vacuum, quarantined from social contexts.