India, Jan. 11 -- Never one to shy away from straight talking, textile minister Smriti Irani severely 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 and jobs to women. Addressing scientists, who work in fields that value rationality, objectivity and meritocracy, Ms Irani used data to put the spotlight on the deeply entrenched 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. A high number of women face irrational gender based prejudice at work. Four out of every fi...