#BREAKING: HAF's Executive Director @SuhagAShukla writes to presidents of 41 universities reportedly co-sponsoring the controversial Dismantling Global Hindutva event.

The partisan political event targets Hindu students and puts their safety at risk. 1/
“The DGH organizers trade on the prestige of your institution’s name to host, not an academic conference, but a partisan event related to politics in India. The event platforms activists...[that amplify].. Hinduphobic discourse even while denying the existence of Hinduphobia." 2/
The DGH website mentions no academic organizers & specifically defines the event as nakedly political with an intention to "dismantle" the current government of India.
Universities have clear political neutrality statements that oppose sponsorship of partisan political events.3/
Hindutva is not Hinduism, anonymous organizers assert. So what is Hinduism for them? 👇

"heterodox, continuously under contestation, and often contradictory"

"Hinduism has rightly been critiqued for the deep inequities in Indian society, most importantly for the caste system"4/
DGH #Hinduphobia:
-Deny the internal unity of Hindu traditions followed by 1.2 billion people calling it: “continuously under contestation" "contradictory.”
-conflate Hinduism with caste.
-erase Hinduism's inherent pluralism asserting that Sufis made ancient Hinduism syncretic!
Speaker list includes activists who:

-equate Hinduism with caste bigotry
-deny indigeneity of Hindus to South Asia
-support the violent Kashmir militancy
-deny Hinduphobia & systemic oppression Hindus face throughout South Asia (Pak, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kashmir)

We demand that the safety of Hindu students be ensured leading up to the DGH event. @SuhagAShukla:

“Hindu students are targeted and report feeling under attack for opposing Hinduphobic depictions of their religion in the classroom and for opposing anti-Hindu hate on campus.” 7/
Today, @HinduAmerican announced that it will launch a grassroots campaign to enable students, alumni and concerned citizens to send their own letters to every university ostensibly co-sponsoring the DGH event. Details released shortly. Please join @HinduAmerican & take action!

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While the #Khalistan project is known to be supported by #Pakistan, this is the first to expose ties in the US.
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You cover us and label us without even reaching out for comment. Doesn't look like you visited our website either.

What a stunning lack of journalism ethics

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Rightwing? No. Leftwing? No.

We're @HinduAmerican
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#Scoop: As promised, releasing more of @dghconference's "secret" list of co-sponsors.
❎Not a single co-sponsor is an expert in the study of Hinduism.
❎DGH sponsors have no competency to define Hinduism. That's why DGH attacks on Hindutva are transparent #Hinduphobic tropes
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-"Dismantle" implies activism/violence.
-Indian communist politician is speaking.
-Hinduism is defined in contradictory, Hinduphobic terms.

List! 🥁...
-Global Legal Studies Center, University of Madison-Wisconsin
-Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley
-South Asia Institute, UT, Austin
-South Asia Program, Cornell
-Program in South Asian Studies, Princeton
-Centre for South Asian Civilizations, U Toronto, Missi.
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Where are we now? (Thread)
Three universities--Dalhousie, Princeton, and University of Mass-Boston--have confirmed that they are not sponsors and asked that their logos be removed.

3 other logos were removed from the DGH site before it went down.

We'll still be following up with others. 2/
THANK YOU to everyone who took action on our original campaign. You've made your voices heard and have made a BIG impact. 3/
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