Hindutva vs Academia: Why Scholars Built a Manual to Fight Harassment thequint.com/us-nri-news/hi…
The article ends with a quote from the man who heads COHNA and is a long-time, known harasser.

Note his bad-faith argument, that the field manual is silencing Hindus. This coming after quotes from multiple scholars who are Hindu about why they wrote this. Think about that.
We cover this in the field manual, including how Hindutva ideologues often target Hindus and how they often make bad-faith bias claims. Such activities hurt Hindus, South Asian Americans, and us all. hindutvaharassmentfieldmanual.org/badfaith
Also important in the article is the discussion of attacks on teaching South Asian history from multiple perspectives.

#Hindutva often intersects with other forms of prejudice, including #casteism and #misogyny. We cover that here: hindutvaharassmentfieldmanual.org/intersectional…

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14 Jul
In-depth reporting on the funding and ideology of the Hindu Right in America. I'm struck by a few things. #THREAD
A smaller group -- representing right-wing interests -- have co-opted the voices of a larger community, by and large without asking about or addressing the concerns of that community.

We see this with other right-wing groups in America. It remains astonishing and saddening.
The specifics -- The Hindu Right is a circumscribed group, but, as the article painstakingly details, they're using a variety of organizations, which claim to speak for far robust communities of millions, to promote hate.

But what about the larger group? They are sidelined.
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12 Jul
SASAC's Hindutva Harassment Field Manual offers a section specifically for students -- whether they are witnessing a Hindutva attack, concerned about hate on campus, or just curious.

#THREAD #Hindutva #students #diversity #inclusion #campus

This section opens with a brief definition of Hindutva (for a fuller definition: hindutvaharassmentfieldmanual.org/defininghindut…)

Hindutva is a far right political ideology. It can seem far away when you're attending college in the US, but Hindutva places pressure on students' self-expression.
The section offers a series of questions that can help interested students identify Hindutva influences on their campus and the harms posed to the diversity and inclusivity we all seek to cultivate on college campuses.
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9 Jul
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)
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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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