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Archaic Modernity | Books

Subramaniam critiques the easy and condescending misuse of scientific language by nonscientists committed to Hindu nationalism to create triumphant fictions of timeless Hindu supremacy.

The man in the Mumbai suburban train was carrying the latest iPhone XR but I was completely taken by his home screen. It was a deity I recognised from a childhood in Kerala-Ayyappan, the handsome Hindu god of growth. My uncles used to talk of making the pilgrimage to Sabarimala, where existed the most famous of Ayyapan's temples.

However, the confluence of religion and

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