How “Hindutva Tech” Undermines India’s Scientific Legacy

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How “Hindutva Tech” Undermines India’s Scientific Legacy

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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ndia’s glorious contributions to the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics are worthy of celebration. Yet, for some reason, enemies of 21st century knowledge, like the group known as Bharatam Reawakening, choose to instead peddle lies and deception. They held an event in Mumbai called Viman Shastra, to highlight how ancient aircraft powered by donkey piss and mercury were found in India. The only problem was that their theories were backed by absolutely no concrete evidence. When three city scientists who attended the event raised questions, they were removed from the venue by the angered audience. It’s tragic that rational voices were drowned out by those who choose to believe a fact only because it comforts them.

Of late, instead of focussing on future advancements in science and tech, the trend has been to cling to myth and declare it as fact. Case in point: Satyapal Singh was the chief guest at a function marking the occasion organised by two of India’s top science academies. Normally, the Union Minister for Education would be a fine choice for the role, but Satyapal Singh is no friend of science. The man has shown an alarming fascination with tinting modern advances in knowledge with a Hindutva flavour – first rejecting Darwin’s theory of evolution, and then claiming Isaac Newton’s laws of motion are based on Vedic mantras. In doing so, he does a disservice to the many past and present scientists and thinkers who have made a valid contribution by overlooking them in favour of his grandmom’s bedtime stories.

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