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Scientific temper

This series contains speeches, correspondence, administrative records, articles and writings, printed materials, newspaper articles, and handwritten notes. PM Bhargava was deeply involved in discussions on scientific temper and critical of religious practices which invoked supernatural powers. Here we find records documenting radio speeches delivered on the subject, administrative records belonging to the Society for the Promotion of Scientific Temper, papers pertaining to the Nehru Centre in Bombay, reports on the Seminar on ‘Scientific Temper and Spiritual Values’ held at the Centre in 1983, correspondence with individuals about superstition and godmen, and Bhargava's own writings. A large number of letters are exchanged between PM Bhargava and Makarand Paranjape, and another set of exchanges is with Meera Ananda. The Statements, Articles, and Writings subseries contains a 1980 signed statement on scientific temper with correspondence around the drafting of the same. It also includes a published article by PM Bhargava.

Bhargava, Pushpa Mittra, 1928-2017

TV Series Temples of Modern India - file 4

Email prints and speeches for Workshop of Temples of Modern India on topics such as epigenetics. Email includes details of travel expenses incurred by PM Bhargava. Emails with TV Venkateswaran, Rajendra Kondapalli, and Ganga Nair

Administrative Documents of Forum of Scientists for Peace and Development, Scientific and Technical Forum for Society, Science for Society (Andhra Pradesh)

Formal records pertaining to the Forum of Scientists for Peace and Development, the Scientific and Technical Forum for Society, Science for Society (Andhra Pradesh). This includes a constitution with objectives, membership guidelines, memoranda, subscription information, and the functions of executive committees and office bearers. The file also includes associated correspondence and handwritten notes.

Correspondence by KV Acharya and VV Paranjpe

This contains correspondence between PM Bhargava and KV Acharya. This also has a write-up by Acharya, titled 'Receipt of Foreign Contribution by Voluntary Associations in India, 1999-2000'. Then there is another set of correspondence between PM Bhargava and VV Paranjpe, which includes a handwritten letter by Paranjpe to PM Bhargava.

Miscellaneous correspondence

This contains three odd letters addressed to PM Bhargava. These cannot be classified under any of the previously mentioned files. This also contains a postal letter. 

Correspondence between PM Bhargava and Meera Ananda

This contains correspondence between PM Bhargava and Meera Ananda. The correspondence are placed along with the content for a book titled 'Toward a Secular India: Why Scientific Temper Matters' and also the draft of the first chapter titled 'Religiosity, Secularism and Scientific Temper: An Overview'.

Drafts of Radio Talks on Scientific Temper

These are radio speeches to promote Scientific Temper on behalf of the Society for the Promotion of Scientific Temper. This contains handwritten notes and undated documents which are arranged alphabetically. This also has a speech by an unknown author.

Correspondence and newspaper clippings related to Seminar on 'Scientific Temper and Spiritual Values'

This contains a few letters related to the seminar on 'Scientific Temper and Spiritual Values' held at the Nehru Centre, Bombay, on January 22 and 23, 1983. This has an article by Rajeev Joshi, titled 'The (Ir) Relevance of Religion to Modern Man, along with a few newspaper clippings and a brochure on the seminar.

Haldane family

The papers in this series pertain to the estate of JBS Haldane and his wife, Helen Spurway Haldane. JBS Haldane died in 1964. Following Helen Haldane’s death in 1978, PM Bhargava and his wife, Manorama Bhargava, handled her estate and corresponded extensively with JBS Haldane's sister, Naomi Mitchison, and her grandson, Graeme J Mitchison. Included here are letters, notebooks, handwritten notes, share certificates, financial documents, JBS Haldane’s Last Will and Testament, Helen Haldane’s autopsy, and articles on the Haldanes by PM Bhargava and other researchers. Certain letters also pertain to the dispatch of JBS Haldane’s personal papers to his family in the United Kingdom. These are a combination of originals and facsimiles. This series includes one photographic print and a newspaper article announcing Helen Haldane's death. Note on subseries: The files within the Correspondence subseries have been organized based on the original order of subject-wise arrangement. Letters within each broad subject have been arranged alphabetically and then chronologically, except in special cases. Certain key documents, such as official records, were removed and kept in the Official Records subseries. The share certificates under the Official Records subseries are oversized and have not yet been boxed. The third subseries contains personal papers, possibly compiled by JBS Haldane himself. It includes a notebook, handwritten drafts of his last will and testament, and notes on his surgical history, along with correspondence. These drafts were written by JBS Haldane in November 1962, when he was preparing for an operation in London.

Bhargava, Pushpa Mittra, 1928-2017

Letters on estate duty and Haldane family assets

This contains letters pertaining to discussions related to estate duty and Haldane family assets. These letters are mostly from 1979 to 1980. However, with the exception of an email from Kriti Kapila that belongs to the year 2012. This also contains handwritten notes, estate duty challans, and entry permits.

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