1./ A thread on why science denial really matters. India is a tragic lesson in how denying facts will always prove deadly; in the end. Here's how Modi's life-long love affair with irrational extremism is at the root of the country's spiralling death toll.👇 https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-covid-cases-surging-in-india/a-57300436
2./ Modi's image in the West as a modernising leader has always seemed bizarre given the allegations of his involvement in the murder of Muslims during inter-communal riots. As BJP governor of Gujarat state he did nothing to halt the violence.👇 https://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/world/asia/16iht-letter16.html
4./ Hindutva suggests Indians are a super-race with an ancient culture that surpasses the discoveries of modern technology or science. This leads to absurd claims such as for example, aeroplanes being first invented in ancient India.👇
5./ Modi himself has claimed modern genetics were also invented by the ancient Indians. He even suggests that Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, proves India must have mastered complex plastic surgery thousands of years ago. Uh huh.👇
6./ When politicians claim ancient Indian texts are the last word in scientific genius it undermines the critical approach of modern science. Modi's science minister Harsh Vardhan even argues there are equations in the ancient Vedas that surpass those of Einstein. There aren't.
9./ Ramdev hosts huge mass yoga rallies for his adherents. One of India's biggest celebrities, he claims Western medicine is laced with toxins and has built a vast company called Patanjali that manufactures "safer" Ayurvedic alternatives. 👇 https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/india-modi-ramdev/
14./ Scientists point out the Bharat vaccine uses an adjuvant (a chemical meant to increase immune response) that's never been in a vaccine before. To approve it without Phase 3 trials is risky since it's not possible to rule out the adjuvant making symptoms worse not better.👇
16./ This was perhaps Modi's clearest and most defiant example yet of ignoring science. Critics complained it "created an illusion of normality". The video posted on the Prime Minister's twitter account was terrifying in its lack of social distancing.👇 https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1djGXqnLzjdJZ
20./ The BJP has provided a violently patriotic mood music that slams criticism of the country, its history or Hindutva ideology. This has fired up extremism. Secular critics of Hindutva have been murdered, including the prominent journalist Gauri Lankesh. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/world/asia/india-lankesh-kalburgi-gun.html
23./ Bizarrely, Ramdev was allowed to help buy the Scottish island of Little Cumbrae where a yoga centre promotes his ideas. The Trust goes into Scottish schools to promote yoga. I'm all for yoga; I just prefer it without homophobia. https://www.pypt.org/index.html 
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