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#Breaking: The @HinduAmerican's complaint against @Penn with US Dept of Education over #DGHconference & discriminatory "field manual" makes headlines.

Underscores landmark nature of HAF's action representing the #HinduAmerican community. @ssnyderinq

“When an...entire religious tradition and its people are painted as dangerous, bigoted, an anathema to democratic ideals, you have no choice but to defend yourself."

Penn professor and student also quoted, opposing conflating of political problems in India with Hinduism." 2/
Truschke is featured, since she's co-author, with @Penn's Prof. Soneji of "field manual" which:

-targets students for having "Hindu-centric ideas"
-peddles Brahmanism slur
-frames ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus as a voluntary departure.

Maybe👆missed the editorial cut.
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You wouldn't dare to hold a global talk on casteism with only savarana speakers, or a talk on gender and sexuality with only cismen, or a talk about perhaps BLM with only white people but what you would do without any qualms is hold a talk on Islamophobia with no Muslims. #DGH
Ridiculously self-oblivious panel, 2/3rd of who have no background or expertise on Islamophobia and 3/3rd of who are are NOT Muslims Deepa Kumar's work on Islamophobia is unoriginal and adds nothing to the conversation. She accepts she is neither a scholar of islam nor hindutva.
Why then, such a panel was set up to speak about Islamophobia and Hindutva? Was there no Muslim scholarship worth platforming? Did none of the organisers find it odd that not a single Muslim sits on the speaker's panel on Islamophobia?
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Hindutva is a socio-political ideology inspired by Abrahamism which cannot survive without the 'other'. And if there is no 'other' from without, it would invent one from within.
Whereas Hinduism is ritualistic, spiritual & empowering, and hence it is Sanatan--eternal aka divine.
Test of pudding is in eating.

If Hindutva is same as Hinduism aka Sanatan Dharma, then why there is so much aversion to teaching/learning शास्त्र विद्या by/among Hindutva organisation?

And why there is NO institutional protest by Hindutva organizations against ongoing #DGH?
Assuming but not admitting that Hindutva meant same as Hinduism when it was coined, its current meaning/purpose is not Sanatan.

Just as Secularism in India means opposite of its original, whatever HINDUTVA may mean etymologically, IN ACTION IT IS ANYTHING BUT HINDUISM.
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Back again at 27 King's College Circle, Toronto, to protest against U of Toronto's support for #DGH.
Initial glance shows a different crowd of Hindus have come today, plus some old regulars.

U of Toronto

Ram Subrahmanian is back again, with a fiery speech. At the University of Toronto.

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#REVEALED: Many @dghconference speakers previously promoted #AntiSemitic petition.

@abhashankar1 reports #DGH speakers endorsed a statement saying:
-"Zionist Israel is the only state in the world that is NOT a state of its own citizens"
-Israel is an "inherently racist state"
Patwardhan, Sundar & Krishnan signed petition calling on India to join "socialist" Cuba & Venenzuela in "de-recognizing" & sanctioning Israel, calling it a "Zionist apartheid state."

Krishnan promoted PFLP that US designates a foreign terrorist org (FTO)…
Criticism of India & Israel is fair game. But the collapsing of that criticism into grossly #AntiSemitic & #Hinduphobic tropes by radical activists is outrageous and must be condemned.

Instead, #DGH platforms the activists at an event supported by depts at dozens of schools.
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A hopeful 🧵re: improving #globalhealth through #Decolonizingglobalhealth #antiracism efforts—some examples of positive change:

@DGH_LSHTM & #blacklivesmatter groups gathered signatures from 100's of staff, students, & alumni calling for leadership to examine the school's past
...listen to personal accounts of discrimination.

These groups have influenced the hiring of a postdoc to research it’s #colonial history & legacy. We wrote about Her findings & the calls for change from #DGH & #BLM groups & hope the leadership will act.
Other global #publichealth universities like @dukedecolonize @KarolinskaDGH @EdinburghUni @DecolonizeGh (@HarvardChanSPH) have hosted conferences to critically examine & challenge west/white centric curricula

One of my faves is here:
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