There is zero doubt that the majority of South Asian studies and Indology departments and the twisted colonial gaze and agenda they normalize and that filters down into K-12 curriculum, constitutes CURRICULUM VIOLENCE for Hindu students and on Hinduism.…
Ighodaro & Wiggan "coined the term curriculum violence in their 2010 work "Curriculum Violence: America’s New Civil Rights Issue." They defined it as a 'deliberate manipulation of academic programming' which 'compromises the intellectual or psychological well-being of learners.'
Unlike some of the examples in the linked article, curriculum violence on Hindus and Hinduism is not about reenacting ancestral trauma. Instead, it entails the distortion, misrepresentation, mockery, and gaslighting of our truth and our ancestral and contemporary trauma.
It involves denying us the authority to re-examine colonial scholarship about Hinduism & Hindu history, and reducing any attempt to do so as a part of the "Hindu nationalist agenda". That unexamined, un-critiqued, colonial scholarship then continues to be heralded as the truth.
The resulting curriculum violence impacts Hindu students and families and also biases the general public consciousness about Hindu Americans, Hinduism, & India in violent and dangerous ways. It is nothing short of dangerous propaganda and has little to do with academic freedom.
CURRICULUM VIOLENCE HAS HAPPENED AND DOES HAPPEN TO EVERY OTHER MINORITIZED COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED STATES. There should be ZERO hesitation in recognizing that it is probably the case vis-a-vis Hindus.

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This tenured white prof whose career is built on Indian land (ie the womb of Hinduism) has the AUDACITY to perform solidarity with BIPOC in one tweet and deny the very existence of Hinduphobia in another. These are the scholars supporting AT. 👏🏽PAY ATTENTION👏🏽 @RutgersU 👏🏽 ImageImageImage
These BLATANT colonizers continue to plunder and manipulate and twist and steal and profit off of Bharat and our ancient knowledge that our ancestors died and fought to preserve.

And they silence ANY DISSENT by crying Hindutva.
They will not be happy until Hinduism is destroyed and then they can profit off of benevolently studying its remains. Our remains. Look. Around. The. Planet. Look at what they’ve done already. They’re still doing it. To us.
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A suggestion if you’re interested in being more than a Twitter rant Hindu: We need more specialists & fewer diagnosticians & generalists.

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What I‘ve observed is that folks easily diagnose the “ecosystem” and suggest building an alternate one, which is super
But we also cannot cede, imo , the existing ones. We have a right to have access to and be included in them. And we can learn from them.

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The source of the problem is that some people benefit from Hinduphobia AND from denying its existence.
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