Hinduphobia or anti-Hindu hatred is the irrational fear of, hostility towards, or discrimination against Hindus and Hinduism. Both have a tragically long history which continues to this day across the globe and are fueled by a range of factors, including: religious intolerance, religious exclusivism, a lack of religious literacy, misrepresentation in the media, academic bias still rooted in oftentimes racist, colonial-era misportrayals, and, in the diaspora, generalized anti-immigrant xenophobia and hatred.
Hindu Americans are hardly exempt from such attacks on their religion and culture. Worse yet, the existence of Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu hatred is often denied, which itself is a form of the same.
In the past several years anti-Hindu hate crimes, ranging from temple desecration to acts of physical violence have been on the rise in the United States.