'Red tape, politics dither scientists from returning home' 2009-12-22 18:33:32 Last Updated: 2009-12-22 19:20:01 Chennai: Calling for "autonomy from red tape and local politics" in India, Nobel laureate Indian-American scientist Venkataraman Ramakrishnan on Tuesday said many scientists of Indian origin may return home if the government made "attractive offers" to undertake research in science. "We should give a lot of autonomy from bureaucracy, from red tape and from local politics so that they (Indian origin scientists) can come. What they like to do is science," Ramakrishnan, winner of Nobel Prize for Chemistry, told reporters here. He said bureaucracy and politics were the dithering factors for the Indian scientists to return home. Since there was "too much" of bureaucracy and intervention of local politics in India, many scientists of Indian origin living especially in the West were reluctant to come, he added. "Make it attractive enough then they will continue to do good science while being in India. Then many of them might return", he said suggesting that Indian government take cue from its Chinese counterpart which had recently launched a scheme to bring back Chinese scientists settled abroad. India could also take up a similar kind of initiative, Ramakrishnan, here for inauguration of A L Mudaliar Centre for Basic Science Development at the Madras University, said. "I think people, who come back to India will have strong personal ties," he said adding that those who stayed back "feel they don't have the facilities". 'Red tape, politics dither scientists from returning home'