THREAD: What do Audrey Truschke and @AnnCoulter have in common? Hatred for Hindus and #Hinduphobia...and randomness on "caste." And, how do you package Hinduphobia, anti-Asian hatred and anti-immigrant hatred in one tweet? See pic below, followed by our response.👇🏾 1/n
Ms. Khilanani’s remarks are outrageous, but not derived from Hindu philosophy or linked to ANY religion. So why drag in her faith & reference “caste” - that favorite millstone hung around a Hindu American’s neck, no matter which side of the ideological aisle they may be on? 2/n
Firstly, @AnnCoulter is simply ignorant. Ms. Khilanani is NOT an immigrant but born/raised in US. But, she is brown, so that makes her a perpetual "immigrant" +unwelcome. It even makes her unrelated religious background a target. This attitude is un-American & breeds hatred. 3/n
We know all conservatives do not agree with the hate that @AnnCoulter spews at Hindus. Her #Hinduphobia is uniquely mixed with ignorance (eg. using Lakireddy case from 20 years ago to lynch an entire community, ignoring role of the same community in securing his conviction). 4/n
Secondly, @AnnCoulter uses "Hindu = caste" to conclude that Hindus (progressive or not) MUST always & only be defined by "caste culture." This colonial & racist trope thrown at Hindus has resulted in our demonization, including currently in California via "caste resolutions." 5/n
Prof Guha writes:"...proponents of [caste is an ancient and indigenous institution] have increasingly assimilated ‘caste’ to the Western idea of ‘race’. They have also assumed it to be confined to the Hindu segment of the Indian population." 6/n…
Prof Guha continues: "This has been a powerful and persistent trope, even though many specialists, such as the veteran sociologist Joseph Elder, have listed seven errors in the popular Western understanding of caste. One of these was that ‘Castes are uniquely Hindu.’" 7/n
The Hinduism=caste trope persists & is reinforced by the likes of @Isabelwilkerson @Oprah & many others who also equate "caste" to "race," the way the Portuguese & Spanish did in Spanish America & beyond - a conflation carried forward by the British. 8/n…
@AnnCoulter's anti-Hindu hate is shared with & echoed by her polar opposites on the ideological spectrum such as Prof Audrey Truschke, Equality Labs etc., who similarly hurl "caste bombs" at Hindus of any background/ideology if they dare voice opinions. 9/n
Just like our invitation to Prof Truschke, we invite @AnnCoulter & others to #decolonize themselves & reduce their ignorance, understand the colonial & racist origins of "caste" that is used to malign Hinduism/India. Learn something new for a change! 10/n
Thirdly, @AnnCoulter peddles #Hinduphobia by portraying that Hindus are out to take American jobs (as if we are not Americans), including those reserved for African Americans. This narrative brings back memories of the dangerous #DotBusters era. 11/n…
Or, the 2017 murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, whose shooter yelled "Get out of my country!" before killing him. Crimes against Hindus & Asian immigrants & statements like those of @AnnCoulter are painful reminders of racism & bigotry in society. 12/n…
@anncoulter's narrative is eerily similar to this item where the Hindu community was being stalked and vilified as "job stealers," raising security concerns for Hindu Americans across the country. 13/n…
@AnnCoulter, America is enriched by contributions of many communities that have made this country our home & embrace the values of liberty, justice, equality freedom. P.S. MLK Jr.'s Civil Rights Movement was inspired by the Hindu idea of "Satyagraha." 14/n…

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26 May
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
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THREAD: Here's Prof Truschke's #Hinduphobia, #WhiteSavior complex and bigotry. Let's unpack 1/n
As indigenous practitioners, we raised concerns re: Alabama's #yoga law, which strips all references to its Hindu roots. We clearly noted that we welcome ALL to practice but don't want Yoga stripped off its cultural roots. Cultural appreciation, not cultural appropriation. 2/n
Media houses such as @washingtonpost covered our perspective. Quote: "Yes, it has roots in Hinduism, and it’s a Hindu practice, but it’s a gift Hindus have shared with the world." 3/n…
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28 Apr
THREAD: Indian Americans from various backgrounds protest @SCCgov's efforts to include "caste" as a category in their anti-discrimination policies. So, what is the problem and why should the Indian diaspora care about such a legislation or policy? A dozen reasons follow! 1/n
Policy seeks to have taxpayer supported bodies “define” Hinduism and how it is “deemed” to be practiced – a clear violation of the right to freedom of religion. 2/n
Attributes “caste” to Hindus only, ignoring those found among Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, etc.… 3/n
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12 Mar
Thread: @RepJeremyGray. #Namaste! Thank you for being a voice of reason for this bill. Yes, #yoga has its roots and its tied to Hinduism. But, Hindus have never imposed their beliefs on anyone. So...1/n…
...there is no need for people to be "allergic" to yoga, Namaste, mantras, chanting, Sanskrit words, etc. Hindus have shared yoga as a gift to make the world a more peaceful and harmonious place - something that is much needed in our society today. 2/n
Stripping "Namaste" away is an unfortunate attempt to de-link an indigenous practice from its roots and an example of #Culturalappropriation. We stand against such attempts and encourage people to acknowledge the roots while sharing in the benefits of this wonderful gift. 3/n
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9 Mar
THREAD: CoHNA is extremely disturbed by the bigotry and Hinduphobia being peddled by Prof Audrey Truschke. Moreover, we are extremely concerned that @RutgersU and @Rutgers_Newark is emphatically defending the professor under the veil of "academic freedom". 1/n
As the following petition shows, Rutgers students (Hindu and non-Hindu) do not support bigotry on campus and are calling upon @RutgersU to take immediate action. We stand with these students in their call. 2/n…
Hindu students are facing vitriol for speaking up, including insults like "dotheads," "Hindu Nazis," etc. Does @RUDiversity consider this type of vitriol resulting from Prof Truschke's supporter a fine example of "diversity and inclusion"? Hindu students are traumatized. 3/n
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Thread: @WSJ @WSJopinion @almarlatour @DanHenninger. We sent a letter yesterday, urging you to remove the word "Brahmin" from your recent Op-Ed by @ZaidJilani, using a dangerous word coined by @PikettyLeMonde.… 1/n
The callous usage of such words amounts to blatant propaganda and a thinly veiled attack on the Hindu community, and promotes hatred and animosity towards Hindus in the US and worldwide. Inserting it into the headline provides a giant megaphone to amplify #Hinduphobia. 2/n
By using "Brahmin" as a disparaging label, @ZaidJilani falsely paints an entire community (completely unrelated to the issue being discussed) as greedy, elitist and oppressive and furthers a colonial and racist narrative. 3/n
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