Hindu nationalists cite legends and scriptures as ‘evidence’ of ancient India’s scientific advances

Isaac Newton did not understand gravity. Albert Einstein misled the world. And India pioneered the science behind test-tube babies thousands of years ago.
These were some of the wilder theories on offer at a major Indian science conference held at the weekend and inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. To open the Indian Science Congress, Modi spoke of India’s ambition to send three people to space by 2022. But the lecture that made the most headlines was an attempt to link ancient…