The march of science will take place this Wednesday, August 9 throughout India. This global mobilization takes place several times a year in different countries and aims to bring together the scientific community when it feels at risk. And this is what Indian scientists are saying, which will march today across the country to protest against the increasing promotion by the government of Hindu religious myths to discredit historical or scientific truths.
“Science is threatened to be eclipsed by a growing wave of superstitions, while funds for research continue to decline.” It is with these words that a group of about a hundred Indian scientists launch their appeal to the Prime Minister and organize demonstrations in some twenty cities of the country to signify the urgency of this cause.
Narendra Modi is at the center of this polemic: this head of government, who grew up in the Hindu organization of the RSS, has already defended questionable theses.
In 2014, Modi asserted that the Indian Vedic civilization already practiced aesthetic surgery and in vitro fertilization 3,000 years ago. His proofs, the different books of the Hindu Bible.
This confusion between religious mythology and science has prompted this government to appoint Hindu ideologues to head the largest public research institutions and to begin rewriting textbooks in this direction. This can only scare the scientific community.