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 Postmodernism, Hindu Nationalism, and “Vedic Science”

Meera Nanda

in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172256
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835546 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195172256.003.0015
  Postmodernism, Hindu Nationalism, and “Vedic Science”

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Indian intellectuals influenced by postmoderism such as Ashis Nandy and Vandana Shiva, put local folk beliefs on a par with science. Hindu nationalists, especially members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, following the lead of the historical figure Swami Vivekananda and the contemporary Subhash Kak, have developed what they call “Vedic Science”, including Vedic astrology and Vedic creationism. Although India welcomes new technology, it has for the most part rejected the values of modern science, thus embracing a stance of what might be called reactionary modernism.

Keywords: Vishwa Hindu Parishad; Ashis Nandy; Vandana Shiva; Vedic astrology; Swami Vivekananda; reactionary modernism; Subhash Kak; Vedic creationism

Chapter.  8190 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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