A river runs through it. The restoration of a dried waterway featured in ancient epics has become a focal point in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s efforts to make India great again, OZY reports. Despite most scientists being unconvinced that the Saraswati River began in the village of Adi Badri, the government has pumped around $100 million into getting it flowing again — part of a larger campaign promoting populism ahead of national elections.
How else does mythology influence science in India? Claims have included that ancient Indians designed jets that flew on donkey urine, as well as that one epic proves they mastered in vitro fertilization and stem cell therapy long before everyone else.