NEW DELHI, Jan. 11 -- Never one to shy away from straight talking, textiles minister Smriti Irani dampened the self-congratulatory mood at the Indian Science Congress by calling out the inherent gender bias in the scientific community that is denying opportunities to women. Addressing scientists, who work in fields that value rationality, objectivity and meritocracy, Ms Irani used data to put the spotlight on the gender bias in research and the workspace that pushed women to the margins. Of the 280,000 scientists and engineers employed in research and development institutions across India, only 39,200 (14%) are women. Four out every five women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sectors in India say they face ...