#Hamline University recently egregiously infringed on #AcademicFreedom by firing a professor for showing devotional historical Muslim images that some conservative modern Muslims find offensive.
Nov 8, 2022 • 17 tweets • 5 min read
The below tweet is steaming pile of Hindutva nonsense. I haven't done this in a while, but let's unpack, shall we?
First of all sources -- Those making this ahistorical statement are not historians. Both men are Hindu Right ideologues, and the individual to whom the statement is attributed is a plagiarist and Savarkar sycophant.
What are they claiming and how does it hold up to scrutiny?
Nov 1, 2022 • 14 tweets • 5 min read
US-based Hindu nationalist groups intersect with numerous other right-wing ideas and ideologies.
Hindutva is a far-right political ideology.
Hindu nationalists are a politically defined group.
Don't confuse #Hindutva and #Hinduism.
Hindu nationalists have been part of American life for half a century.
America also has lots of other right-wingers...
Oct 21, 2022 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Good morning wonderful people! How much do you know about the VHP-America? Buckle-up.
The VHP heads one of the major wings of the Sangh Parivar (family of Hindu nationalist groups headed by the paramilitary RSS). The VHP oversees religious affairs.
Many of the big Sangh groups have parallels in American and the US, often sharing a near exact name.
So, we have the VHP in India and the VHP-American in the US.
In India, the VHP is violent. So violent that the American CIA has flagged it as militant.
Oct 20, 2022 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
The Hindu Right has been part of American life for half a century.
They promote a far-right ideology known as Hindutva or Hindu nationalism.
We need to understand who they are, how they organize, their primary goals in American life, and their overseas links. #Hindutva
I lay out much of this in this article, published as part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History and intended as a scholarly reference work.
Over the coming days, I'll be sharing small vignettes, to increase public awareness & education.
Reading for today -- Online Hindutva as a global right-wing counterpublic.
Dr. Chopra argues that the Hindu Right, as a far right movements, follows a politics of grievance in understanding itself excluded from public life and creating its own ecosystem.
So, if you're looking for a theory that helps explains how viral WhatsApp forwards, ill-informed tweets, and blatantly false ideas about Hindu texts and Indian history inform vicious right-wing sensibilities in Hindu nationalist circles -- This is your article.
Oct 12, 2022 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
I am delighted to share the launch of the forum: "Hindutva and the shared scripts of the global right."
It will feature articles on the rise of far-right movements and actors through a global lens, centering on Hindutva and the Hindu right.
Having finished it, one of my big takeaways is that Savarkar--a major early articulator of Hindutva--embraced religiously-focused violence, as a virtuous activity for Hindus, again and again.
Savarkar's views on violence went far back. For example, in the early 1900s, Savarkar and Mahatma Gandhi discussed the Ramayana and Gita, two Hindu texts.
Gandhi saw the violence in both as metaphors. Savarkar saw it as real and a justification for more Hindu-enacted violence.
Oct 6, 2022 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Folks are arguing about whether there was "Hindu religion" during Chola rule (a medieval south Indian dynasty).
Buckle-up folks, it gets complicated, fast.
Key issues here include terms, the definition of religion, the Hindutva obsession with origins, and more.
Starting point -- It really depends on how you define "Hindu" and "Hinduism," both of which are originally etic terms. There is no Sanskrit equivalent of the Perso-Arabic "Hindu".
Oct 1, 2022 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Hindu nationalism may be on the rise in New Jersey. Here's why.
This piece highlights how much our elected officials have to learn about #Hindutva (Hindu nationalism), a pernicious form of hate that threatens progressive, inclusive values.
That's factually incorrect. More to the point for our politicians, perhaps, it is deeply offensive to many Hindus.
Sep 30, 2022 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
Educational moment on a #Hindutva group: the Infinity Foundation.
For those just joining, I am going through the five groups mentioned in a recent Democratic committee resolution in NJ against far-right Hindu nationalism.
Buckle-up and let's learn about right-wing hate.
The Infinity Foundation was founded in the 1990s. It is a Hindu nationalist organization, aligning in objectives and methods with the global Hindutva movement, a far-right movement that many academics consider fascist.
Sep 29, 2022 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
Educational moment on Hindutva (Hindu nationalist) groups in the US -- Today focusing on the VHPA.
The VHPA is one of five Hindu nationalist groups named as such in a recent resolution by a local Democratic council in New Jersey.
Some history on this Hindu nationalist group:
Standard notes --
I'm a historian; I've been engaged in a research project on the US-based Hindu Right for close to 2 years.
Hindutva is not Hinduism (and it is offensive to conflate the two).
Hindutva is a political ideology, a rather hateful and right-wing one.
Sep 27, 2022 • 13 tweets • 4 min read
There's some discussion at present of Sewa International, a Hindu nationalist group within the service wing of the RSS's family of Hindutva organizations.
A short 🧵 reviewing the basics of Sewa International #Hindutva
There are lots of Hindu nationalist groups, both in India and overseas. The RSS (a paramilitary group) is at the center, with other groups often focusing (VHP / VHPA on religious issues, BJP / OFBJP on politics, etc.).
Sewa is a key international group in the service branch.
Sep 26, 2022 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
So many more folks in the US and the UK are learning about Hindu nationalism over the last several weeks, thanks to great coverage by the BBC, NYTimes, Guardian, and others.
That's a silver lining but on a very dark cloud of anti-minority hate, pushed by Hindu nationalists.
Right now, in response to rather mild attention to their US-based activities, far-right Hindu nationalist groups are falling back on their usual tactics of intimidation, indignation, and propaganda.
This serves several purposes. The intimidation often works. Also...
Aug 26, 2022 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Further reporting on the use of an anti-Muslim hate symbol (bulldozer) in an Edison parade.
As someone who studies Hindu nationalism, I want to address 2 points: