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.
প্রদীপ্ত মৈত্র (Pradipto Moitra) Profile picture Twitter author Profile picture 2 added to My Authors
Aug 8 6 tweets 3 min read
Misunderstanding about the sacred #Swastika vs Hitler’s #Hakenkreuz (hooked cross) can indeed lead to strong reactions & potential attacks on communities who consider Swastika sacred. The below image should be rightly condemned because it is a Nazi symbol. However…1/n …The symbol is a Hakenkreuz as referred to by Hitler himself. He and the Nazis never used the word “Swastika.” Were clear that their symbol was a cross. cohna.org/swastika-is-no… 2/n
Jul 7 9 tweets 5 min read
#HinduVoicesMatter. THREAD on the #Hypocrisy of "freedom of expression" when applied to Hinduism, given the recent #KaaliPosterControversy. Let's see how other communities have objected to appropriations and disparaging of their religions without being gaslighted or gagged. 1/n In 2018, a Sikh filmmaker withdrew a film on Guru Nanak ji after several Sikh bodies protested against the depiction of the founder of Sikhism in the film. No one gaslighted the Sikh community or gagged their voices. 2/n business-standard.com/article/pti-st…
Jun 15 6 tweets 4 min read
@Newspaperwalli, we got news for you. @Google employees protested against a bigoted Hinduphobe who has disparaged Hindu festivals & supported the dismantling of Hinduism. Plus, Google is a big company - they are not waiting for your or her permission to launch their projects. 2/n Then, you can always count on Prof Truschke for #Hinduphobia. Here, she parrots various colonial approaches to identify “caste” and therefore who is “casteist,” (including kids born and raised in America?) And recommends Equality Labs’ flawed survey as a resource. 3/n
Jun 7 8 tweets 6 min read
A THREAD on Thenmozhi & Equality Labs for @JeffHorwitz. Please get some “familiarity” with the hate that they promote against Hinduism & Hindu festivals & why Hindu employees of different backgrounds at @Google pushed back. 👇🏽1/n @JeffHorwitz, do keep in mind that Hindus are a micro minority in the US, and only one in four Americans even knows a Hindu. By supporting her, you are advancing #Hinduphobia & anti-Hindu bigotry against our community. Shame! 2/n
Jun 3 4 tweets 2 min read
We congratulate @Google employees for raising their voices against open bullying and harassment in the workplace, showcased by this Washington Post article today. It is great evidence of the type of gaslighting & harm Hindu Americans face each day, if they dare to speak up.1/4 In the finest tradition of biased reporting, WaPo tries to scare ALL Hindu American employees AGAINST reporting discrimination in their workplace. Any Hindu using legal, appropriate channels to protect themselves, can find themselves doxed/caricatured in the mainstream press.2/4
Jun 2 5 tweets 3 min read
NEWS TO SHARE: A great example of how advocacy & a proactive approach by Hindu, Buddhist & Jain communities ensured Swastika is completely disconnected from the Nazi Hakenkreuz in NJ. Sincere thanks to @RajMukherji for supporting CoHNA on this issue last summer. 🙏🏾1/n @BauerKahan Last year, CoHNA & its partners worked with @RajMukherji to remove words "Nazi Swastika" from Bill A1749. The new bill (A1506, introduced Jan 2022) has removed these words. Change is possible @BauerKahan, because NJ criminal code also incorrectly refers to "Nazi Swastika." 2/n
May 25 4 tweets 3 min read
We thank @BauerKahan for amendments in CA Bill #AB2282, based on our discussions. Yet in its current form we cannot support the bill, due to language which again perpetuates false & hurtful concepts like “the Nazi swastika that was the official emblem of the Nazi party...” 1/4 Over the past 2 years, our Swastika Education Campaign has shown that Hitler & the Nazis never used the word “Swastika” only the word “Hakenkreuz”, when referring to their emblem of death & destruction. So we once again ask California to use the truth. cohna.org/swastika/ 2/4
May 14 6 tweets 2 min read
THREAD: What passes in America as “academic” is on naked display here. We know she hates Hindus but does so while blatantly lying about history & ensuring that the world equates Hindus w/ Nazis. It is she who is dying history & connecting Hindus with genocide. 1/n For starters, she should read our FREE research on Swastika to educate herself on history. It is also venom free! Further in the thread, we also present links to academic research. Sadly for Truschke, these are not “Hindu Right.” 2/n cohna.org/swastika-is-no…
May 13 6 tweets 5 min read
THREAD: Who has been the biggest culprit in perpetuating the "Nazi Swastika" theory? Answer: Media houses. Here, as shown before, @guardian CONTINUES to equate Swastika with Nazis even though the actual Australian law doesn't. 1/n #SwastikaIsNotHakenkreuz theguardian.com/australia-news… Here is the bill and a screenshot from it, showing that the NSW government CLEARLY distinguishes the Swastika from the Hakenkreuz. Why can't @guardian use the correct terminology? 2/n @HinduCouncilAu @TheAusToday @thebritishhindu parliament.nsw.gov.au/bill/files/388…
Apr 13 11 tweets 5 min read
THREAD: Another #Hinduphobic racist, xenophobic rant-this time by #AmyWax. Shame on @TuckerCarlson & @FoxNews for platforming such individuals. She is being sanctioned by @pennlaw. But, notice how similar she sounds to some "South Asian Scholars" who also target Hindus. @Penn 1/n Brown & Asian faces (even those born or raised in USA) who raise concerns around racism & prejudice are marked as "foreigners" and "immigrants" and apparently not fit to be Americans! A stark reminder of the anti-Asian xenophobia present even today on both sides of the aisle. 2/n
Apr 9 14 tweets 4 min read
THREAD: “US-based Hindu Right” is a dog whistle used to target Hindu students, parents, community members who express genuine concerns about how “South Asian Scholars” espouse bigoted views and biased scholarship on Hinduism. 1/n These scholars make broad brushed and Hinduphobic comments and malign an entire religion and community based on faulty data, racist colonial views. When questioned or countered, they “cry Hindutva” and attack Hindus by denying them a voice and painting them as “extremists.” 2/n
Apr 7 4 tweets 2 min read
A great article summarizing the fake construction of “caste” in California, the inherent unfairness of how such policies were created + the impact on day-to-day life of Hindu American students & technology workers. #Caste #HinduAmericans #CasteInTech indiacurrents.com/constructing-c… 1/n Article calls out flawed data used, even as a June 2021 study by @CarnegieEndow found majority of Indian Americans did NOT identify themselves with caste at all. 24% denied ANY knowledge of caste in their networks. No evidence for significant caste-based discrimination in US. 2/n Image
Mar 8 4 tweets 2 min read
THREAD: The Whirling Log is the equivalent of the Swastika among Native Americans and First Nation people. Here is an early 20th century drum used by the Pueblo people containing the Whirling Log symbols. Why did many (sadly) stop using it? 1/n Whirling Log is a very sacred symbol for these indigenous communities. A good article describing the importance (note to read “Whirling Log” where the word “Swastika” is used because Swastika is a Sanskrit word used by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains only. 2/n adobegallery.com/art/rare-zia-s…
Mar 6 7 tweets 3 min read
Wrapping up the "caste" panel, we hear powerful words from Dalit Activist and Senior CoHNA Member, Aldrin Deepak, who has lived and worked in the Bay Area for decades. #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater 1/n “None of my Hindu friends have ever asked me about caste. The Cisco case is where I HAD to come out as a #Dalit” -Aldrin Deepak #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater 2/n
Mar 6 4 tweets 2 min read
Our Caste panel now features Dalit Researcher and Activist, Prerna Thiruvaipati, who is a voice for Dalit communities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana @PrernaThiruvaip. #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater “A lot of people are coming back and embracing the path of their ancestors. They are coming back to Sanatan Dharma” - @PrernaThiruvaip 2/n #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater
Mar 6 6 tweets 3 min read
Our next speaker, Pt. Satish Sharma, author of "Caste, Conversion A Colonial Conspiracy: What Every Hindu and Christian must know about Caste", delves into history & contemporary culture to lay out the history of how this narrative was first created #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater "Caste is the complete antithesis of everything our Sanatan teachings. They are mutually exclusive philosophies" - @thebritishhindu #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater 2/n
Mar 6 4 tweets 3 min read
We now discuss one of the most important weapons being used to bludgeon the Hindu community -worldwide! A panel of scholars & activists from Dalit & other backgrounds discusses “Caste and Exploitation of Indian Faultlines”. #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater #Hinduism #dalit #caste Dr. Arvind Sharma opens the panel, with caste and cognitive dissonance. "Hindu thinkers themselves realize that descriptions in the (Dharmic) texts, which we take for granted now, as reflecting reality, did not correspond to reality" @aravindasharma #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater
Mar 6 6 tweets 4 min read
Dr. Mrittunjoy Guha closes the panel on #Hinduphobia in Academia, with a rapidfire address, covering his own personal experience + his professional research on the topic. An animated discussion followed. Wait for our replay to hear that :)
@Zeit_MjGM
#BreakingIndiaADecadeLater “I was and have always been a proud Hindu, a proud
Indian who speaks up for his values and civilizational heritage” - @Zeit_MjGM on fighting academic #Hinduphobia at @Cambridge_Uni . #IntellectualKshatriya 2/n
Mar 6 7 tweets 3 min read
The panel on #Hinduphobia opens with Dr. Kundan Singh comparing historical trends of the treatment of subjugated people at the hands of colonial powers. And how despite political correctness today, Hindus remain the one group who can still be "othered" #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater “What has happened to the Aztec people has basically happened to the Hindu people as well.” - Dr. Kundan Singh #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater 2/n
Mar 5 9 tweets 3 min read
Today’s session of #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater concluded with a data packed session analyzing “Constructing India - The Western Discourse on India's Fragments,” Some hard-hitting observations from Dr. Sarita Seshahgiri, Divya Nagraja, Richa Gautam 1/n Dr. Seshahgiri emphasizes that research findings tend to exclude diverse demographics and are based on researchers’ preconceived notions #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater 2/n
Mar 5 5 tweets 3 min read
Highlights from our power packed panel,
India in the Battle of Civilizations, featuring @RajivMessage @MadhuKishwar @GeneralBakshi #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater “If our course curriculum feeds poison” to the young people “parents are helpless” - @MadhuKishwar #BreakingIndiaADecadeLater