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Scientific Values and Civic Virtues$
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Noretta Koertge

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195172256.001.0001

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 Postmodernism, Hindu Nationalism, and “Vedic Science”

 Postmodernism, Hindu Nationalism, and “Vedic Science”

(p.220) 14 Postmodernism, Hindu Nationalism, and “Vedic Science”
Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Meera Nanda

Oxford University Press

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

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