The management bodies of as many as seven universities based in the US have assured concerned Hindus that they appreciate the most ancient civilisation of the world and the religion and community’s contribution to the development of America, its centres of education and workforce. They have said categorically that they have nothing to do with the organisers of the “Dismantling Global Hindutva” event scheduled for 11-13 September. They have written further that the names of these reputed institutions were wrongly used without seeking express permission from the universities. A notorious band of self-styled intellectuals had announced recently that they were organising an event that they had named “Dismantling Global Hindutva” with the help of woke elements in administrations of 45 universities worldwide.
Other speakers at the anti-Hindutva event to be held between 10 and 12 September will be Ayesha Kidwai (theoretical linguist at JNU), Banu Subramaniam (professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Bhanwar Meghwanshi (Scheduled Caste activist who revolted against the RSS), leftist blogger Christophe Jaffrelot, Kavita Krishnan [CPI(Maoist-Leninist)], Meena Kandasamy (fiction writer), Mohammad Junaid (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts), Nandini Sunder (professor of sociology, Delhi School of Economics), Neha Dixit (journalist) and P Sivakami (writer and former IAS officer).
Leading the speakers selected for the event, Patwardhan is an Indian documentary filmmaker who mostly raises leftist issues using the medium. Some of his films explore what he alleges to be the rise of religious fundamentalism, sectarianism and casteism in India while others investigate what they fashionably refer to as “nuclear nationalism” and “unsustainable development”.
Concerned Hindus have noted that the sponsorship of the conference by more than 40 universities, as claimed by the organisers, is particularly “disturbing”. “This is bound to create a situation where Hindu students are going face increasing hate, bullying, discrimination and even outright violence for simply being adherents of most ancient religion in the world,” one of the concerned citizens noted.
“This needs to stop right now,” said another concerned citizen, adding, “Universities in the US should be a place for academic inquiry, freedom and a place of learning about world cultures.”
A large group of concerned citizens wrote to Sirf News, saying, “We request you to use this link (Send E-Mail through One-Click) and send your concerns to the universities that are supporting this conference that could dehumanize Hindus, cause violence against Hindu communities on campus and elsewhere.”