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

    Description

    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 India’s 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.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/05/1730/04/21

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD328,000.00