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Indian scientists must engage in policymaking by contributing more to public discussions on scientific and environmental issues, says a Nature editorial.

A few nongovernmental organisations in India, such as the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), have enormous influence on public opinion and policy in the country.

But some scientists complain that this impact is disproportionate to the thoroughness and reliability of the organisations' work.

The editorial says these grumbling scientists would do better to look at their own involvement in public debate and ask themselves whether their influence reflects their expertise.

According to the CSE, Indian scientists often have a low opinion of and do not participate in the public discussions accompanying science policymaking, instead preferring to concentrate on improving their status among peers.

But, says the editorial, India needs more thorough and transparent policy preparation, especially for environmental regulation. To this end, Indian scientists must join the debate.

Link to full article in Nature