FP is satisfied that Dismantling International Hindutva (DGH), a three-day on-line convention (from Sept 10-12) deliberate by nameless organisers within the US, is a partisan and politically-motivated occasion designed to malign an historical faith and its adherents. Via columns and reported items, this FP collection exposes why such programmes are deceptive, agenda-driven, and nothing however thinly-veiled Hinduphobia.
Hinduism has lengthy been beneath the assault by western academia for the reason that daybreak of the colonial period of European supremacism, during which western academia overtly promoted missionary exercise, oppressive British rule and denigration of Hindus racially and culturally.
This colonial educational assault was aligned with media influences, extending to outstanding newspapers and magazines in the US and the UK, and echoed by political leaders as much as Winston Churchill.
After India’s independence, the management of this anti-Hindu motion shifted to Marxists and Communists. They continued to perpetrate colonial stereotypes together with new alliances with missionary and conversion forces that they beforehand opposed, relating to Hindus as a standard enemy. The Marxist view of Hinduism has a special terminology however equally deems Hindus as superstitious and backward, and politically incorrect.
Nevertheless, the unfold of India’s dharmic traditions worldwide since Swami Vivekananda in 1893 posed a brand new problem to anti-Hindu forces, with yoga, the Vedas, ayurveda and Sanskrit gaining international recognition that continues to broaden at this time. This precipitated them to mix their assault on Hinduism with an assault on Hindu gurus, ashrams and yoga practices, labeling them as cults.
As well as, India at this time is rising as a nation economically and politically, now a significant pressure on the world stage honouring its Hindu previous. India’s latest revived Hindu ethos beneath BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now develop into the first goal of anti-Hindu forces, because it threatens their energy and affect.
Such anti-Hindu teams haven’t any regard for India’s dharmic traditions, their profound philosophies, research of consciousness, and common orientation. Their mindset displays their political biases, which is to advertise their very own materialistic ideology and new revolutions, nonetheless hoping to take away Hinduism that has eluded them, although they might conquer China.
A stark new instance of this ongoing educational assault on Hinduism is a Dismantling International Hindutva (DGH) convention in the US which denounces Hindu actions as a menace to humanity.
This overtly biased convention has no Hindu voice or Hindu viewpoint represented. It’s a manifestation of the previous British “no Hindus allowed” coverage, a sort of educational apartheid. Its audio system are largely Indian, with famous Marxist journalists and propagandists on the forefront. There are not any voices for American Hindus who represent probably the most prosperous and educated minorities in the US, nor for the various Hindus, each American and from India, who’re within the American College system and amongst its most quite a few and profitable college students. Whereas introduced as an educational moderately than a political occasion, its political motivation is apparent.
Allow us to study how this educational assault on Hinduism, has developed, its distortions and the necessity to counter it.
1. From the Knowledge and Wealth of India to Poor Backward India of the Colonial Period
India was traditionally famend for its knowledge and wealth from essentially the most historical instances to the eighteenth century, when India nonetheless held ¼ of the worldwide financial system. India’s dharmic knowledge for hundreds of years dominated Asia from Japan and China to Indonesia and Malaysia, extending all through Central Asia, with influences into Europe. We discover India lauded by the traditional Greeks and Romans as much as the time of Columbus who reached American when he sailed to discover a new path to the wealth of India. Colonial students needed to work arduous to cut back India to a land of poverty and superstition to justify their overseas rule.
Within the colonial period, Hindus have been topic to the identical oppression as Native People, Black Africans and indigenous and native individuals who adopted non-Abrahamic and non-western cultures. This oppression included British engineered famines as much as the 1943 Bengal famine that killed tens of millions. India’s religions, notably the Hindu, have been denigrated as heathen, idolatrous and primitive to justify this merciless domination. Hindus have been regarded upon as an inferior race like dark-skinned individuals elsewhere.
2. From Indology to South Asian Research
Colonial thought created a particular new matter of Indology to regulate the research of India and Hinduism as if these have been by no means studied earlier than. Indology regarded upon India not as a terrific civilization to be discovered from, however as a colonial curiosity and supply of wealth that wanted to be managed. The colonial British dismantled India’s in depth indigenous instructional system and labored to show Indians, significantly Hindus, into followers of British and European tradition alienated from their very own cultural background.
Indology departments have been funded by colonial governments to advertise their vested pursuits. They rewrote the historical past of India and the that means of Hinduism in line with their destructive slant. Conversion was their said purpose for which they have been amply funded. They translated Hindu texts in a superficial and deceptive method to advertise their agenda of creating Hinduism look backward and outdated, if not barbaric, as in the event that they higher understood Vedic texts than the Hindus themselves.
Postcolonial thought after India’s independence in 1947 continued the identical prejudices however modified their identification from Indology to South Asian Research, during which India ceased to exist as a significant nation or civilization and Hinduism ceased to exist as an outlined or historic faith. India of their view is only a melting pot for invaders with no unique or enduring tradition of its personal. Placing Hindu majority India and its lengthy historical past and huge tradition in a nook of South Asian Research conveniently negated India’s cultural affect within the area, notably Hinduism.
3. From South Asian Research to Neo-Marxism
This negationism of Hindu Dharma has drawn help from Nehruvian influences in India and the long-term alliance of the Congress social gathering with Communism, together with Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi with the Soviet Union, extending to alliances beneath Rahul Gandhi at this time with Communists in Bengal. The Congress changed its earlier Gandhian views with Nehruvian Marxism as its dominant ideology. Nehruvian journalists in India usually funnel anti-Hindu articles to western academia and media allies. Some anti-Hindu India journalists have positions in western media and academia.
Many of those anti-Hindu forces, notably Indian Marxists, are pro-China of their views and take Chinese language help. Many fail to criticise the Taliban or Islamic terrorism, portraying Hinduism as a better hazard.
Anti-Hindu lecturers seldom painting and even recognise the historical past of the oppression of Hindus, whether or not beneath Islamic rule, British and European rule, or that of Hindus struggling at this time in Pakistan or Bangladesh. They ignore the multibillion-dollar multinational missionary enterprise that also targets Hindus and India.
They keep away from mentioning how a lot Hindus suffered beneath Islamic rule, and don’t be aware the genocide of Hindus within the Bangladesh Struggle. For them, Hindu deaths don’t depend, a lot as within the colonial period.
But be aware that this educational assault on Hinduism shouldn’t be solely shared at a political or diplomatic degree, and the identical leftist forces which might be anti-Hindu are sometimes in opposition to their very own international locations and cultures. India has diplomatic rapport beneath Prime Minister Modi with international locations from Europe and the US to the Center East.
Whereas many South Asian Departments have a tendency to advertise anti-Hindu views, you will need to recognise that they’re small departments. Science and enterprise departments don’t essentially observe their views. Many physicists proceed to honour India’s dharmic teachings, as do these within the fields of psychology and medication.
In the meantime, the unfold of India’s dharmic traditions continues worldwide and is present process an enlargement in lots of international locations. Concern of those rising is one other issue fueling anti-Hindu actions.
Conclusion: Must counter the assault on Hinduism
Given India is rising at this time and the continued international affect of India’s dharmic traditions and its international diaspora, we will count on this educational assault on India to proceed and develop into extra heated. However now it won’t go unchallenged.
The brand new Hindu effort to show and counter the DGH convention is an efficient instance of this Hindu awakening. We should honour and help the people and teams behind this, notably the Hindu American Basis (HAF) which has taken a guiding position within the Hindu response.
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