Sushmita Chatterjee, Deboleena Roy, and Banu Subramaniam
-economy of Hinduism are central to this conversation. What is happening through this novel branding of ‘archaic modernity’? When science, religion, and modernity are orchestrated in a seamless choreography, who profits in this marketplace of values, goods, and bodies? Hinduism serves many purposes and is bestowed with varied possibilities as religion, civilisation, political-economy, and morality structure. Tulasi Srinivas, for example, invokes the term ‘experimental Hinduism’ to write about ‘a whole world of iterative, strategic, and creative improvisations within and
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Figure 1.1 England and Wales: diphtheria deaths, 1931–48.
Source : J. A. Scott, MOH Report, 1957 , p. 65. Reproduced from the digitised Medical Officer of Health Reports by the Wellcome Trust under Creative Commons licence (CC-BY 4.0).
However, the Ministry became concerned at the sudden drop in the number of young children being immunised. In 1949, the government had achieved its target of 75 per cent