Some Indian scientists nix Newton and Einstein

The BBC is now reporting on a trend in India to identity politics in science:

The 106th Indian Science Congress, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, runs from 3-7 January.

The head of a southern Indian university cited an old Hindu text as proof that stem cell research was discovered in India thousands of years ago…

Another scientist from a university in the southern state of Tamil Nadu told conference attendees that Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein were both wrong and that gravitational waves should be renamed “Narendra Modi Waves”.

Dr KJ Krishnan reportedly said Newton failed to “understand gravitational repulsive forces” and Einstein’s theories were “misleading”.Soutik Biswas and others, “India scientists dismiss Einstein theories” at BBC

The Indian Scientific Congress Association has expressed “serious concern.”

It may be a South Asian version of the sort of thing we face in North America with a current war on math, on science, and on good writing. Here, the thought seems to be that laws, rules of operations, and standards are inherently discriminatory. In India, the thought seems to be that anything worth doing historically must have been done by an Indian first. Neither view makes sense at face value but both can likely be explained politically.

If you think the progressives are not serious, that is your mistake. You may not be vulnerable just now but they are serious.

See also: India: Is An Odd Mix Of Nationalism, Science, And Religion Gaining Ground?