What can you do when you are, or might become, the target of a #Hindutva attack?

We cover preparatory and protective steps in the Hindutva Harassment Field Manual

Most frequently, Hindutva attacks take the form of online harassment (although this can and sometimes does spill over into the physical world). Often that online harassment is organized, another subject we cover in the HHFM.
For possible and already-realized targets, HHFM offers a series of recommended best practices for protecting yourself online, including:

Use unique passwords + two-factor authentication
Use secure messaging services
Contact your home institution's IT department (if possible)
Once a Hindutva attack begins, HHFM recommends keeping copies of all hateful messages, especially anything threatening violence.

Such record-keeping is a painful practice for many, but it is often useful to see patterns and for law enforcement.
HHFM also links to a variety of other useful sources for targets of online harassment, including:



You can and should call upon your networks, whatever they may be, for the various kinds of support you'll need to see you through a #Hindutva attack.

Being a target is difficult. But you're not alone. Many of us have been there. You have support. hindutvaharassmentfieldmanual.org/targets

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6 Jul
I am thrilled to be sharing a new online resource -- Hindutva Harassment Field Manual. This field manual offers educational and practical resources for the targets, allies, students, and employers of those subjected to Hindu Right assaults. #Hindutva hindutvaharassmentfieldmanual.org
The field manual was written by the South Asia Scholar Activist Collective (SASAC), a group of scholars and activists of South Asian studies based in North America. We ground ourselves on two pillars: scholarship and inclusive, progressive politics. southasiacollective.org
Our first major project as a Collective is the Hindutva Harassment Field Manual. It offers pages devoted to targets, allies, students, and employers who may find themselves targeted by a Hindu Right assault.
Targets: hindutvaharassmentfieldmanual.org/targets
Employers: hindutvaharassmentfieldmanual.org/employers
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21 May
More on the Hindu American Foundation's SLAPP lawsuit against diverse human rights groups, freedom of the press, & academic freedom

I am currently conducting research into Hindutva in the US, which includes HAF. #AcademicFreedom #AcademicTwitter #Hindutva religionnews.com/2021/05/20/hin…
footnotes (all repeated from earlier tweets this week) --

on SLAPP lawsuits and why they're bad, straight and narrow: anti-slapp.org/what-is-a-slapp

On SLAPP lawsuits and why they're bad, hilarious:
A factsheet on the Hindu*tva American Foundation's links, spanning a few decades, with the Sangh Parivar, the broad coalition of Hindutva-promoting groups with the RSS at the center: bridge.georgetown.edu/research/facts…
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17 May
There's been a lot of talk about caste and caste-based discrimination recently. That's good. We need to face this as a modern problem, without equivocation.

How does caste look in history? A #THREAD #caste #discrimination #history #AcademicTwitter
Historians like specifics, so:

Place: Kashmir
Time: late 14th – early 15th century CE
Politics: Sikandar Shah (r. 1389–1413), of the Sultanate of Kashmir.
Main Guy: Suha Bhatta

Suha Bhatta was born a Brahmin. He converted to Islam and was a minister of Sikandar Shah.
Source: We know about all of this from Jonaraja, another Brahmin who wrote a Rajatarangini (River of Kings), a Sanskrit history of the period in Kashmir.

[Sidenote -- If you're most familiar with Kalhana's Rajatarangini, Jonaraja's text is one of several subsequent ones.]
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11 May
Lots of angles to this story. A short #THREAD adding context, a little history, and some preliminary thoughts...

Front and center is caste discrimination on US soil. This serious issue isn't new. We have known about this for decades. But it is time we did far more to protect Dalits and others who suffer caste-based discrimination. #CasteInTheUS
By the way, for anybody tempted to deny caste-based discrimination as a reality of modern life or, insanely, to try to claim that pointing it out is itself discriminatory -- Don't. Just don't. Such things are highly offensive and bigoted.
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15 Apr
#Pedagogy moment --

I'm teaching History of Hinduisms (plural intentional) this term. For the final paper, I give students 4 options.

This accords with my general emphasis that students should work on topics they care about. Interest (if possible, passion) are critical. #THREAD
Option 1. Close reading of a specific text

I give students a list of possible texts (from the Rig Veda forward). We read excerpts over the semester from most of the texts on the list. Students can return to a text that caught their eye, read more, and analyze.
Option 2. Traditional research paper

Pick a topic, any topic, at all related to Hinduism and write a paper about it. This can be a subject we covered in class that caught a student's attention. It can also be a subject that we didn't cover in the class (which is a lot, always).
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13 Apr
Here we have a board member of the Hindu American Foundation -- known to promote Hindutva ideology in the US -- employing aa anti-Semitic trope to attack the authors of a recent opinion piece on human rights abuses in India.

Links in the #THREAD
On the anti-Semitism of attacks on Soros and his philanthropic work: adl.org/blog/the-antis…
On Hindu nationalists' use of anti-Semitic ideas, language, and tropes: indiaabroad.com/anti-semitism-…
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