Hindu Americans’ concern about the Dismantling Global Hindutva conference (Sept 10–12, 2021) has been among the strongest we have seen to any issue facing our community since the founding of HAF.

Below is summary of HAF’s press statements, articles, and podcast and television appearances on the subject, as well as important resources for students, parents, alumni, and Indian nationals to continue to ensure universities understand that any association with the Dismantling Global Hindutva conference is an association with partisanship and Hinduphobia.

Articles, Videos, Press Statements

Universities should distance themselves from Hinduphobic Hindutva conference

In response to a virtual conference titled “Dismantling Global Hindutva”, scheduled for September 10–12,  the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has written to the presidents and key administrators of all 41 universities listed as event co-sponsors, asking them to distance themselves from the event and its partisan and Hinduphobic motives.

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Why does the Dismantling Global Hindutva conference seem more about dismantling Hinduism than anything else?

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HAF reiterates potential threats for Hindus on campus at universities sponsoring Dismantling Global Hindutva conference

“We would assume that the legal, tax-exempt limitations on political activities extend from the institutional level to the departmental. The central topic of this partisan event remains the same — to oppose and “dismantle” the Bharatiya Janata Party, a democratically elected party in India…’Dismantling Global Hindutva’ is not only political and partisan. It veers into promoting Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu hatred in the activists and politicians it platforms, in the resources it promotes, and in the reductionist definition of Hinduism it presents.”

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Correct, Hindutva is not the same thing as Hinduism

It’d be easy to believe Dismantling Global Hindutva at their word that they don’t equate Hindutva and Hinduism if their speakers didn’t have a track record of criticising one and demeaning the other in the same breath.

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Deconstructing is an academic exercise. Dismantling is not.

The organizers of the Dismantling Global Hindutva conference have sparked a great deal of debate across my corner of the Twittersphere. This is ironic because these academics have made it clear in statement after statement that this type of dialogue is what terrifies them the most.

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Dismantling Global Hindutva: A thinly veiled attempt to dismantle Hinduism

What the conference organisers and the South Asia Scholar Collective don’t seem to acknowledge is that the right to free speech also means that those people and organisations, such as HAF, speaking out against Hinduphobia also have a right to speak their minds.

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An Open Letter to the American Public on Institutionalizing Prejudice: Hinduphobia

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Conference Goes From Hinduphobia To Hindu Hatred | Ft. Rashmi Samant & Suhag Shukla

Sham Sharma speaks to Rashmi Samant and Suhag Shukla from Hindu American Foundation about the “Dismantling Global Hindutva” conference being organized by various Hinduphobic intellectuals and scholars, and supported by 40+ Western Universities.

Hindu American Foundation presents Dismantling Global Hinduphobia

On August 31st, HAF held this webinar “Dismantling Global Hinduphobia”. Watch the full webinar here.

Advocacy Resources

Add your voice: How to contact schools sponsoring Dismantling Global Hindutva

Letter templates for students, parents, and alumni of colleges sponsoring the Dismantling Global Hindutva conference.

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Statements from Elected Officials

  • Statement by District Attorney of Santa Clara County, Jeff Rosen
  • Statements by State Rep. Padma Kuppa, Michigan
    • https://twitter.com/PadmaKuppaMI41/status/1433806439592701954
    • https://housedems.com/kuppa-on-anti-hindu-university-sponsored-conference/
      “One of the benefits of higher education is that young adults have the opportunity to be exposed to different cultures and beliefs. While everyone has the right to freedom of speech, partnering with groups that ostracize a community of students for their religious beliefs is unacceptable. Families who have tweeted questions report harassment from the event’s social media accounts and attempts to silence their inquiry. I applaud the work of the organizations highlighting the bias and bullying that targets an individual’s identity, such as the Hindu American Foundation. Parents and students trust institutions of higher education to provide a safe learning environment, not facilitate a conference that actively promotes identity-based discrimination or hate speech. I encourage these universities to rethink their participation in this conference to ensure the safety and well-being of the Hindu students, staff and faculty on their campus.”
  • Statements by State Sen. Niraj Antani, Ohio