Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism
By Banu Subramaniam
Series edited by Banu Subramaniam and Rebecca Herzig
PUBLISHED: June 2019
SUBJECT LISTING: Science and Technology Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Asian Studies / South Asia
Behind the euphoric narrative of India as an emerging world power lies a complex and evolving relationship between science and religion. Evoking the rich mythology of comingled worlds where humans, animals, and gods transform each other and ancient history, Banu Subramaniam demonstrates how Hindu nationalism sutures an ideal past to technologies of the present to make bold claims about the Vedic Sciences and the scientific Vedas. Moving beyond a critique of India’s emerging bionationalism, this book explores the generative possibility of myth and story, interweaving compelling new stories into a rich analysis that animates alternative imaginaries and “other” worlds of possibilities.