Apart from funds, it is a matter of pride to hold a National congress in science or any other discipline. Once an university is able to host successfully such meetings, then it's visibility and reputation improves and makes it attractive for organizers of future such meets. It's unfortunate that unrest and strikes have made this event to be postponed. Postponement of such major science meetings although sad, would be safer if safety cannot be assured for the delegates and others involved in the event.The last meeting was held in Thirupati, with almost 10000 scientists taking part, even Nobel prize winners had come for that meeting. For the 105th meeting more than 20 Nobel prize winners were expected to attend. Did the university officials attempt to diffuse the crisis and broker a peace deal so that the congress could go as planned? Now, it would be a logistical nightmare for the organizers to reschedule with a loss in revenue along with an embarrassing moment for the Indian Science Congress.