CoHNA (Coalition of Hindus of North America) Profile picture
A grassroots level advocacy organization dedicated to improving the understanding of Hinduism in North America and matters impacting the Hindu community.
10 Jun
THREAD: Yesterday, @CarnegieEndow, @MilanV released their survey on Indian Americans. As a Hindu American advocacy group, we ask for clarity on a few important points.👇🏾 1/n
First off, the survey contains important on the 4 Million strong Indian American community, including everyday social realities, religious practices, attitudes towards civic and political engagement, social networks, etc. However... 2/n
In an unfortunate display of how colonial categories like “caste” continue to haunt long after the colonizers have departed, the survey attempts to query respondents -but only those self identifying as Hindu-on their “caste”. This defies logic...3/n
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7 Jun
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
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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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26 May
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 washingtonpost.com/education/2021…
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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. roundtableindia.co.in/index.php?opti… 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 time.com/5946284/alabam…
...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 docs.google.com/document/d/1-z…
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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3 Dec 20
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. cohna.org/wp-content/upl… 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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30 Nov 20
@WSJ @PikettyLeMonde @ZaidJilani peddling Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bigotry by using "Brahmin Left." We expect better journalism rather than promoting hatred against our community by falsely equating India's social dynamics with US politics. 1/n
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By using "Brahmin" pejoratively, you are painting an entire community (unrelated to this issue) as greedy, elitist and oppressive and furthering a colonial and racist narrative along with prejudice against Hindus. 2/n
The callous usage of such words also amounts to blatant propaganda and a thinly veiled attack on the Hindu community. It can lead to serious long term repercussions for Hindus in the United States and globally. 3/n
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13 Nov 20
Thread: #SwastikaIsNotHakenkreuz. What is the Swastika? 1/n
In Sanskrit, the word Swastika means “that which brings good luck and well-being.” The word "Swasti" occurs frequently in the Vedas as well as in classical literature, and means health, luck, success, and prosperity. It is a symbol of divinity and auspiciousness. 2/n
The limbs of the Swastika are associated with the four goals of life: Dharma (right action), Artha (worldly prosperity), Kama (worldly enjoyment) and Moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death). They also symbolize the four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva). 3/n
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13 Nov 20
Thread: #HappyDiwali. This Diwali, join CoHNA's campaign promoting awareness about Swastika via #SwastikaIsNotHakenkreuz. Check out and download our booklet on Swastika and sign up for our campaign at cohna.org. 1/n
WHY THE CAMPAIGN? Swastika is one of the most sacred symbols for over 1.5 Billion Hindus, Buddhists and Jains around the world. Through #SwastikaIsNotHakenkreuz, we aim to foster a mutual understanding of Swastika and remove misconceptions about this sacred symbol. 2/n
Through #SwastikaIsNotHakenkreuz, individuals can learn to distinguish between the Swastika and the Hakenkreuz (Hitler's symbol of hatred) and rightly denounce the Hakenkreuz for what it stands for, rather than the Swastika, which is a symbol of peace and well-being. 3/n
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16 Sep 20
Thread on Hinduphobia and intolerance towards Hindu students at @txfastate @CCISD via Item 22 on the TFA Fall 2020 Legislative Docket. Link to our letter urging both to remove the topic from the docket. cohna.org/tfa-letter/ 1/n
The debate topic "Curbing Hindu Nationalism" promotes hostility towards Hindu students, by presenting that their faith is 'ultra-right-wing' and hateful towards those who are not Hindus. The debate topic is framed as a derogatory description of Hinduism. 2/n
There is already widespread #Hinduphobia and lack of understanding of #Hinduism in schools. Positioning of Hinduism as intolerant via such ill-informed and factually inaccurate debates is certain to make matters worse. 3/n
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17 Jul 20
1/n ACTION ALERT: Urge @NYSenate to include the Nazi Hakenkreuz and NOT the sacred Swastika in NY school curriculum on hatred and intolerance. Sign the petition at chng.it/twQkR5MtLZ.

@SenatorBiaggi @Brooks4LINY @SenatorCarlucci @NYGovCuomo
2/n We welcome a bill advancing education against hatred and bigotry; support the noose as being labeled and taught as such. But, deeming the Swastika as a hate symbol perpetuates misinformation & intolerance against Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Native American, and other traditions.
3/n Swastika is thousands of years old, far predating World War II, and has been a symbol of good fortune, peace, and prosperity since time immemorial.
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30 Apr 20
THREAD

On April 23, 2020, @Harvard_Press tweeted the below racist and evocative picture about #Hinduism and #Hindus to promote a talk by @ajanthasub with @tmkrishna @BIC_Blr.
Picture shows a #Hindu religious figure grinding a mill stone, conjuring up a devilish figure and crushing black figurines or throwing them into fire (one figure is even seen holding the religious figure's foot).
@Harvard_Press failed to to review the contents of the link. Interestingly, the picture is not even from the book and was used specifically to promote the book and the lecture.
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