THREAD: PART 2. Prof Truschke's #WhiteSavior & victim card complex continues. Trying to paint Hindu groups as anti-Muslim, when we never said anything about Islam in our response to her allegations. #RacistTruschke. 1/n
We respect everyone's right to practice their religion, but not the #WhiteSavior's self-proclaimed right to disparage ours or silence us. 2/n
Again, she tries to create #Hinduphobia and a fake narrative by linking our response and legit concerns about Alabama to "Hindu Right." In doing so, she continues to validate our position of how she is the #WhiteSavior and the queen of Hinduphobia. 3/n
But, final piece of her tweet about asking scholars makes it abundantly clear. Once again, #WhiteSavior invalidates the voices of indigenous practitioners, deeming us "less worthy" to provide opinions about our culture and need "saving" from non-native "scholars." 4/n
This attitude is all too common among Prof Truschke and other South Asian scholars who dismiss native scholars and practitioners as "Hindu Right" and less worthy. That only THEY are be the true brokers for understanding Hinduism and India and only THEIR works are "valid." 5/n
#WhiteSavior Complex according to Rolf Straubhaar: "The idea that socially privileged individuals possess, simply by virtue of their position, some unique ability or power to help less-privileged people in ways they’re unable to help themselves." 6/n…
According to Julio Cammarotta: "The White Savior Syndrome has the tendency to render people of color incapable of helping themselves…Any progress or success tends to result from the success of the white individual..." Prof Truschke exemplifies this through her actions. 7/n
To deflect the #WhiteSavior complex argument, she brings in Islamophobia and unrelated accusations to pin the blame on Hindus who have nothing to do with any hatred of any religion or people. Attempts to create a monster where it doesn't exist and breeds more #Hinduphobia. 8/n
Prof Truschke needs help to unlearn white saviorism: "white individuals will not eliminate the white savior complex on their own. This work must be done in partnership with Brown and Black individuals who are most directly harmed by white saviorism." 9/n…
For someone who calls herself a "respected scholar," she surely spends a lot of time cancelling, disparaging and trolling Hindus on SM. We wonder how she manages to do research and teach her students with integrity while putting a reputable univ.'s name on the line. 10/n

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The callous usage of such words also amounts to blatant propaganda and a thinly veiled attack on the Hindu community. It can lead to serious long term repercussions for Hindus in the United States and globally. 3/n
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