Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Vedic science and the Colonial Machine

Class

Article

College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Mentor

Ravi Gupta

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

Dayananda Saraswati (1823-1881) was a religious reformer, Vedic scholar, and a highly innovative thinker. Despite a desire to reform India according to his perception of the Aryavarta, or noble community, using only Indian sources his works, including the Satyartha Prakash and the Rigvedadibashyabhumika, show clear borrowing of concepts of science and technology from European sources. By studying what intellectual choices Dayananda made in his borrowing, we can learn much about the relationship between European science and India religion during this significant period of India’s history.

Location

Room 421

Start Date

4-12-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 4:15 PM

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Vedic science and the Colonial Machine

Room 421

Dayananda Saraswati (1823-1881) was a religious reformer, Vedic scholar, and a highly innovative thinker. Despite a desire to reform India according to his perception of the Aryavarta, or noble community, using only Indian sources his works, including the Satyartha Prakash and the Rigvedadibashyabhumika, show clear borrowing of concepts of science and technology from European sources. By studying what intellectual choices Dayananda made in his borrowing, we can learn much about the relationship between European science and India religion during this significant period of India’s history.