This project aims to show the critical role of Hinduism and the god Vishwakarmaâ€”literally, Maker of the Universeâ€”in framing and propelling the infrastructural systems so key to Indiaâ€™s rise as a 21st century economic powerhouse. It explores the unprecedented growth of Vishwakarma worship across Indiaâ€™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 Modiâ€™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 date||1/05/17 → 30/04/21|
- Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD328,000.00