Should science be political? Government funding policies for science and health often appear to be at the whim of the ruling political party.
But scientists worldwide are often reluctant to engage with the politicians who wield such influence on their work, fearing they will be suspected of ulterior motives.
In developing nations scientists are notoriously timid about engaging with politicians, especially when it comes to lobbying for funding.
But when health is badly neglected, as it is in India, researchers and doctors need to take a much stronger political stand.