Indian knowledge systems, encompassing a variety of subjects ranging from science and medicine to architecture and textiles, represent an unbroken transmission of knowledge over millennia. They offer locally developed solutions to uniquely local problems, support a sustainable lifestyle and are ecofriendly. Unfortunately, modernization and western models of progress have categorized these knowledge systems into artificial categories of science, folklore, superstition,etc. and devalued much of this knowledge. In seeking to catalogue India’s scientific heritage and cultural legacy, Malhotra’s project enables the preservation and revival of these practices.
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