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What is the philosophy behind this website?

Human species is a product of evolution of increasingly intricate community of beings; humans are happy, at peace in a biologically rich milieu, after all, we are innately biophilic. Human societies, grounded in reciprocal altruism, have prospered helping each other. 

Sharing information is a key component of human cooperative behaviour. People are informivores, and have elaborated knowledge – a unique, non-depleting resource that is the key to human domination of the biosphere. 

People viewing themselves as members of a community of beings (including rivers and hills, birds and beasts, bees and trees), recognize that it is their duty to establish reciprocal relationships with these other beings and have consequently come to revere nature. 

This appreciation of imperatives of reciprocation with entities in the natural world along with knowledge of consequences of human actions has ensured that humans are the only known “prudent predator” on the earth.

Humans are at once selfish and cooperative, prudent and profligate. As knowledge and knowledge based technologies have progressed, human societies have seen growing economic inequalities; but at the same time growing equalities in access to information and knowledge. Environmental concerns have been a major force behind demands for Right to Information.

Science is a stream of knowledge characterized by its openness, transparency and by its rejection of all authority other than that of empirical facts and the imperative of logical consistency. It is therefore the most democratic of all knowledge streams and therein lies its strength that has resulted in an ever-accelerating rate of accretion of scientific knowledge.

The Wikimedia movement and emergence of citizen science are two of the most hopeful signs of the power of cooperation and ecological prudence in human affairs.

This website will be dedicated to building upon these strengths and furthering the causes of well-being of the nature, and of the people, and of growing and sharing pertinent knowledge.

Its main focus will be an attempt to catalyse development of an Indecopedia, a new kind of reliable information source on issues of vital concern for citizens of India. This would be an information resource appropriate for our increasingly networked world, delivered free to everyone interested in their own languages, and doing so in a transparent, collaborative, dynamic and open manner.