‘Dismantling Global Hindutva’ conference anti-Hindu, says US State Senator – PTI

Ohio State Senator Niraj Antani

“This conference represents a disgusting attack on Hindus across the United States, and we must all condemn this as nothing more than racism and bigotry against Hindus. I will always stand strong against Hinduphobia,” – Ohio State Senator Niraj Antani

A prominent American State Senator has strongly condemned hosting of the ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva’ conference and described it as an anti-Hindu gathering as several universities asked the organisers to remove their logos from the site of the event which has generated outrage among Hindu Americans.

“This conference represents a disgusting attack on Hindus across the United States, and we must all condemn this as nothing more than racism and bigotry against Hindus. I will always stand strong against Hinduphobia,” Ohio State Senator Niraj Antani said in a statement.

“I am condemning in the strongest possible terms the ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva’ Conference,” he said.

Being held on the weekend of September 10-12, organisers of the ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva’ have said they want to remain anonymous. However, they have made public names of several eminent speakers and academicians who will participate in the event.

Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA) has written more than 3,50,000 emails against the conference to the universities, academicians and various stake holders. In an email to CoHNA, Rutgers University president Jonathan Holloway said that it was unaware that the university logo was being used by the organisers of the conference.

“This conference paints Hindus disproportionately and falsely as purveyors of extremism, actively denies the genocide of Hindu people, and most troublingly, labels those who disagree as ‘Hindutva’ which the conference organisers define as Hindu extremism,” CoHNA said in a statement.

“The conference’s features the ‘Hindutva Harassment Field Manual’ as an official resource that categorically states that Hindus have never ‘faced systematic oppression throughout history and in present times’. This resource also denies that anti-Hindu bias has ever led to ‘casualties on horrific scales’,” it said.

In an email, Rutgers university said that it “is not a sponsor of the symposium”. However, it noted that individual faculty from Rutgers may well be participating in the conference consistent with the tradition of academic freedom and fundamental American free speech rights. Dalhousie University has urged the organisers to remove its logo from their promotional material.

“We were previously unaware that UMass Boston was listed as a co-sponsor and we have not formally received any request, not have we approved any request, for UMass to be listed as such,” Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, chancellor of the university, said in an email.

CoHNA said its emails to several universities have been receiving similar response, reflecting that there was a “concerted and organised” effort against the Hindus.

Meanwhile, a group of scholars and members of academic communities, in a joint statement, came out in support of the event.

“The purpose of the Dismantling Global Hindutva conference is to bring together leading scholars in South Asian studies and public commentators on Indian society and politics from around the world in order to discuss the global phenomenon of Hindutva,” they said. – The Indian Express, 1 September 2021

Niraj Atani Statement

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  1. Hindu/Hindutva Definition


    It shocked Hindus. A conference on ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva’, supported by 38 US [and EU] universities. Speakers are the usual Leftists mainly with Hindu names. And of all dates, it is scheduled from 10th to 12th of September (9/11).

    The title is brazen or is it just truthful? Do they say now openly what has been the plan since over 1000 years? The plan to rid the world of ancient Pagan cultures? Inka, Maya, Egypt, Rome, Greece, Babylon … all are gone. Yet Hindus still exist. Hindus still chant Vedas in their mandirs, still celebrate festivals, still revere great personalities from past ages and even now take more pride in being Hindu thanks to the realisation that Hindu Dharma is most profound and the best of all options.

    This must be painful for the enemies of Hindus. Christianity, Islam, Communism and their faithful followers may have felt that a clear sign is needed: Hindutva must be dismantled globally.

    No difference between Hinduism and Hinduitva

    To obfuscate the issue, a distinction is being made between Hindutva (= Hinduness) and Hinduism. Hinduism is okay, but Hindutva is bad, as bad as ISIS as it also uses terror to achieve a Hindu Rashtra where minorities have no place, so it is claimed.

    It’s a lie. But media and the Leftist academia rely on the ignorance of people and that a lie becomes truth if it is repeated often enough.

    There is no difference between Islam and Islamism, and there is no difference between Hinduism and Hindutva, except that the fundamentals of Hinduism are inclusive and beneficial, whereas the fundamentals of Islam clearly divide humanity between good believers and bad unbelievers.

    Maligning Hindutva

    The media onslaught in recent years against Hindutva is unrelenting. RSS was compared with ISIS and Arundhati Roy hinted on Deutsche Welle in February 2020 that the genocide of Muslims by the Hindu-nationalist Modi government has already started. A research scholar from Italy asked me to reply to heavily loaded questions on RSS, for example “Why does RSS draw inspiration from Hitler?”

    What can Hindus do against Christianity, Islam and the Left, all of whom drive the false narrative of Hindus being dangerous, and who have a military-style strategy to achieve their goal of dismantling the most benign faith and culture?

    Hindus usually rely on ‘Satyameva Jayate’ (Truth will triumph). But this doesn’t mean that we should sit idle and not help truth come to light.

    Not wanting to be controversial

    Unfortunately, Hindus seem to have one trait which their compatriots in the Left and the converts to the Abrahamic religions don’t share. It is the desire not to be controversial and to be nice to others, even if those others are not nice to them.

    This trait developed due to their painful history when Hindus had to lie low in the face of brutal Muslim and Christian oppressors. Yet this trait continued after 1947 and this does not help India.

    It’s time to be clear and truthful, and we must not be afraid to call out the basic faults of Christianity and Islam in a proactive manner.

    What are the basic faults?

    The most prominent fault is that they got the nature of ‘the one true God’ or Creator very, very wrong.

    Hindus, Christians and Muslims, all agree that there is one true ‘God’ or cause for this universe. In fact, Hindus claimed this long before Christianity and Islam. It can be assumed that this Vedic knowledge was copied/stolen by Christianity and Islam.

    This claim of one God is the positive aspect of the Abrahamic religions. They also tell their people, like Hindus do, to have faith and trust in a great God who looks after them if they are ‘good’. This makes sense and would give children an anchor, if the clergy of those two religions had not made a huge error.

    Their texts claim that the one true God is jealous, that he loves only their own group and hates Hindus and other Kafirs. And being ‘good’ means to believe in their book and to be nice to people from their own religion. Others are seen as inferior who will be rejected by God.

    For Muslims being good also means to do Jihad and make the whole world for Allah (Quran 9:29, 8:39) and for Christians it means to try by hook or crook to convert ‘heathens’ to save them from eternal hellfire.

    Christianity is not any longer as blunt as Islam, but the same mindset drives them, too, like “We alone have the truth. God loves us. Unless ‘they’ accept our true religion, ‘they’ won’t be saved. So let’s help them and finish off their demonic Pagan culture…”

    This is unacceptable and of course not the will of ‘the one true God’ whom Hindus call [by various names].

    The Human Rights Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of many countries do not allow to demean anyone on the basis of religion. Yet Christianity and Islam demean all Hindus and others as Kafirs and Pagans/ Heathens and predict a terrible fate for them in future. Such attitude makes genocide possible.

    Driving the narrative instead of being driven

    Can Hindus for a change DRIVE the narrative, instead of being driven and of only reacting and defending?

    Can we demand that Christianity and Islam drop untrue divisive dogmas and that these dogmas must NOT be allowed to be taught to children? For example, Hindu representatives could submit a petition to the UN or to the International Court of Justice demanding this.

    Can we, including well-known gurus, support courageous people like Waseem Rizvi that many ayats in the Quran are indeed hateful? Or do we still have doubts if they are hateful? If so, please get a copy in a language you understand.

    Or do we feel “Let Muslims sort it out among themselves?” Such attitude is in all likelihood cowardice and not some virtue.

    Can the Hindu panellists call a spade a spade in TV debates and can we also, in talks with friends from different communities, dare to be controversial if truth requires it?

    Those who support this conference need to realise that it doesn’t pay to attack Hindus.

    And Hindus need to realise that we are alone in this. But we have a great advantage: we have truth on our side. The ‘true God’ is not a despot who wants to roast us all in hell.

    If only there were genuine debates, like in ancient times. Like between Adi Shankara and Mandana Misra. The Christian and Muslim representatives would have no other option but to accept Hindu Dharma, and the dark shadows of the Kali Yug would end.

    Some day it will happen …


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