Over 50 universities organize ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva Conference’

By Muslim Mirror Desk

New Delhi: ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva Conference’ is a three-day global academic conference addressing the rise of Hindu nationalism. The conference which is being held from September 10-12 is co-sponsored by departments of over 50 US universities, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, New York University, Cornell and Northwestern University.

The virtual conference aims to investigate topics surrounding Hindu supremacist ideology from an academic standpoint.

A number of panels on the emergence of Hindutva, caste-based oppression, Islamophobia, and the persecution of minorities in India will be held throughout the conference.

“The conference aims to examine the beliefs and actions that constitute Hindutva, a political ideology that originated in the early twentieth century. Hindutva seeks to reduce the myriad practices of Hinduism to a singular notion of Hindu power in a putatively Hindu motherland. The conference will highlight the transnational and global implications of Hindutva, including its growing reach in the Indian diaspora,” the organizers who chose to remain anonymous said in a statement.

According to the organizers, scholars, journalists, and activists will examine the historical development of Hindutva, the fascist dimensions of the ideology, its alignment with other supremacist movements, and its stakes across a range of political, socio-cultural, and economic issues.

The conference, according to the statement will also examine histories of dissent against Hindutva. Dalit and Feminist traditions have long resisted the singular narrative of Hinduism adopted by Hindutva ideologues.
“This is a major international scholarly conference which has garnered support and sponsorship from many different university departments and academic units across the US with the participation of well-known intellectuals from both India and the US,” a statement released by the South Asia Scholar Activist Collective (SASAC) read.
Despite critsim from various Hindu groups, the conference kicked off on Friday, day one started with discussions around several topics such as Global Hindutva and the ideology behind Hindu nationalism, the political Economy of Hindutva, and Caste & Hindutva.

Many experts including Christopher Jeffrolet, poet and Dalit activist Meena Kandasamy, Anand Patwardhan and Prof Dr Audrey Truschke spoke on the first day.

5 thoughts on “Over 50 universities organize ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva Conference’

  1. Wonder how many Hindus are suicide bombers or UNSC declared terrorists ?? Zero, as in 0.
    Idiots ignore Jihad and Crusades while focussing on Dismantling Hindutva exactly 20 years after 9/11 to distract from the blunder of the Afghan situation.
    Oh America, so predictable and easy attention diversion.
    And before dismantling Hindutva, date stopping jihadists all over the world. Isis, al Qaeda and various Islamist groups which swear by the sky book and the ideal man are still butchering people across the world.

    1. Historically Nazis were not considered terrorists even after their role in genocide of millions of Jews and other minorities! War on terror killed millions of Muslims. Yet it’s not considered an act of terrorism!
      Going by these standards Hindutva is a welfare org.

      1. How many million muslims has Hindutva killed ??
        Partition was a self inflicted wound by the Muslims for no reason or purpose.
        RSS is a welfare organisation, go and see their work. If possible, use open source information and news websites.
        Comparing Hindus with Nazis, such a typical left-liberal habit. Of course, Isis and JeM are equal to Mother Teresa if that is the definition of “Religion of Peace”.

  2. Hindutva is a bi-product of islamic extremism. Hindus never had expansionist mindset. They were happy living in Akhand Bharat. However, Islamic kings forcefully captured the hindu land & destroyed hindu culture. This gave birth to Hindutva. Instead of keeping conference on Hindutva, better keep conference on Islamic extremism.

  3. “Over 50 Universities……….” is a misleading journalistic prevarication in the advancement of a false narrative. Politically opportunistic members of the “South Asia Studies” section of the Humanities departments of Universities have banded together with the Indian American Muslim Council and its sister organizations in organizing an event precisely around 9/11 to distract from and deemphasize the emotional agony of a great nation. The universities, in the garb of academic freedom, have been hijacked into lending their imprimatur to this ignoble event whose primary focus is Hinduphobia. Rutgers University, the home of one of the prime movers of this shindig, has publicly distanced itself from this drama. The academic moniker belies the organization’s refusal to entertain the opinion of anyone outside its own echo chamber. The unholy alliance among disgruntled political operatives under the cover of “academic freedom” reeks of communal hatred and divisiveness.

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