Building India: Religion, Craft and Infrastructure in Contemporary Asia

  • Narayan, Kirin (Primary Investigator)
  • George, Ken (Co-Investigator)
  • Ramaswamy, Vijaya (Co-Investigator)
  • Sharma, Mahesh (Co-Investigator)

    Project Details


    This project aims to show the critical role of Hinduism and the god Vishwakarma-literally, Maker of the Universe-in framing and propelling the infrastructural systems so key to Indias rise as a 21st century economic powerhouse. It explores the unprecedented growth of Vishwakarma worship across India's infrastructural and business enterprise sectors, and its role both in mobilizing a creative class of professionals and in instilling a spirit of craftsmanship among workers in Prime Minister Modi's Make-in-India campaign. The goal of the project is to bring religion and infrastructure into a single frame of description and analysis, revealing contemporary infrastructures as important new arenas for political, cultural, and religious change.
    Effective start/end date1/05/1715/05/24


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$328,000.00


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