It is like forgetting forgetting the birthday of someone close to you or your own wedding anniversary that can put your wife in a sporty mood , the sport of curse being Rolling Pin Throw. Oh dear! How did I forget yesterday was the National Scientific Temper day! I accept the idea of Scientific temper 100% while unfortunately most of my beloved countrymen accept only 50% of it. They are all for temper but scientific? Woh kua hai? Tempers of course tend to fly easily nowadays. If you even mention the word "beef" you could be lynched, While talking about fitness please don't talk about beefed up muscles. even in whispers. This can happen if you belong to a particular community or suspected to belong to that community. I am a sitting duck as faer as this is concerned. There is a mark on my forehead which gives the impression that I offered Namaz. Once my wife asked how come that mark cropped up on mu forehead. " I must have offered regular Namaz in my previous birth" I quipped",. " You must have offered more Namaz than necessary. That is why it is so visible" she quipped Last week I was caught in my first and hopefully last case of mistaken identity. I went to a nearby salon for renewing mu Vin Diesel look (I refuse to call it Yogi Adityanath look. Lynch me if you can!). The barber was chatting with me as he shaved my head. The talk came round to his residence. He said he lived in an apartment complex where there was no religious discrimination. "Even Muslims like US can feel safe there" he said. I nearly jumped out of the chair shocked. Then he got suspicious What;s your name ?" he asked. I gave my name. "How did you get that mark?". "I think I have had it since my birth" I said. The conversation ended then and there and he went on quietly with his work. Now I understand why DW keeps me under close guard in our gated community and doesn't allow me to venture out alone. One cannot be too careful when tempers shorn of the prefix "scientific" will erupt against me. My fridge consists solely of vegetarian items, still I get nightmares about some raging cow protector mistaking a head of cabbage fro that of a cow. SCientific temper covers tolerance of contrarian views , an openness to the possibility that the other person could be right. Yet how many times have I heard the sentence "I can't tolerate that" particularly with regard to my religious views? It is scary because It is just one step away from lack of tolerance to lynching. It is an immense relief to see that my relatives have shown no interest in lynching me so far for my ungodly opinions. The day actually needed to be celebrated like a bi festival particularly in schools. But I don't think any schools took notice of it. That is sad because that is the stage when scientific temper and rational mindset can be inculcated in children. But well, the day passed almost unnoticed. What else did you expect in a country where godmen's preposterous claims that they have developed a computer programmer for making animals talk and that they can change the molecular structure of water through their mind is received with thunderous applause by thousands of gullible, oops sorry devout?