Dr. Varinder Pal Singh said he would not receive the award and expressed support to the farmers protesting the Indian government's new farm bill.
He went up the dais and thanked the government for recognizing his contribution. Dr. Singh expressed his solidarity with the farmers and raised slogans. He said that given that so many farmers are on the streets protesting against the farm laws, it is morally wrong, and his conscience does not allow him to accept the award. He handed over the letter to the minister in which he requested the PM to immediately withdrawal the farm laws. The scientist said that the new agri-laws are anti-social and anti-farmer, and he would standby the farmers rather than receive a gold medal.