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“Dismantling Global Hindutva” is a new phrase that is designed to galvanize and unify the forces of Hindudvesha, while gaslighting and confusing the Hindus worldwide. It is a clarion call for a sustained program of action, with violent undertones, not just a forum for seemingly innocuous intellectual discussion. It is Hindudvesha in the raw, i.e., a settled and ideologically driven, institutionalized hatred for Hindu Dharma and the Hindu people, bold, unvarnished, and unembarrassed. As this phrase gains momentum through sheer repetition – it should be recognized as a call for violence, an ethnocide i.e., a cultural erasure that has the potential for the legitimation of violence against the Hindus on a global scale.

What is the relationship between Hindu Dharma and Hindutva?
Are they simply different names for one and the same phenomenon? When someone is seeking to ‘Dismantle Global Hindutva,’ are they merely problematizing a phenomenon called Hindutva that they define on their own terms – or are they really targeting Hindus as a whole, in the guise of dismantling Hindutva? Are they naming some subsection of the Hindu community who are allegedly ‘Hindutva’, and seeking to divide the Hindu community into “Good Hindus” and “Bad Hindus”, or are they reserving the right to label any Hindu as ‘Hindutva’ at their own moment of choosing, with all the consequences thereof?

What is Hindutva anyway? Who owns the definition of the term ‘Hindutva’?
Do the enemies of Hindu Dharma get to define what Hindutva is? Does it refer to the ‘essence of being’ a Hindu i.e., the ‘Hindu Tattva’? Or does it refer to a specific historical movement that came into being in the 1920’s in India to protect Hindu Dharma? Do we need a contemporary clarification of what this term ‘Hindutva’ really means – today – for our generation?

What is Hindudvesha?
Is it the same as Hinduphobia or Hindumisia or a form of Hindu-baiting or Anti-Hindu rhetoric? Where does it emanate from, and to what purpose? Is it a new phenomenon or has it been around for a long time? What are the characteristics of Hindudvesha? How should the Hindu community respond to this rising drumbeat of global Hindudvesha, wearing this garb of ‘dismantling Hindutva’? Is being silent an option? Does it not fulfill the very mission of Hindudvesha i.e., to silence the Hindu voice? How do we protect, preserve, and transmit our Dharma for our future generations, without speaking up?

Virtual Conference - “Hindu Dharma, Hindutva and Hindudvesha”

This virtual conference will attempt to address many of these pressing questions that one billion Hindus around the world are facing today. This conference, to be held in October 2021 as part of the Hindu Heritage Month, is a platform for a variety of voices, and a variety of perspectives. It will showcase the diversity of views within the Hindu world, and feature friends of the Hindu community from other adjacent traditions. It will clarify, define, and hopefully set out a charter for unified action, in the future.

Watch the video for more information about the conference 

Press Releases and Media Coverage

Event Details

Date

Title

Description

Panelists

Details

October 16, 2021

Panel 1: Hindu Dharma and Hindutva

What is the relationship between Hindu Dharma and Hindutva? Are they same or different?

Swami Mitrananda

Swami Sarveshananda


Panel 2: Understanding Hindutva

How was Hindutva term defined originally? To what purpose? Do we need a new, contemporary definition?

Dr. Shreerang Godbole

Sh. Saumitra Gokhale

October 17, 2021

Panel 1: Hinduism and Hindutva Movement

What is the genealogy of these terms? What is Hindutva movement and why? Why is it portrayed negatively? 

Drs. DK Hari and Hema Hari

Dr. Ratan Sharda


Panel 2: Christianity, Race and Hindu World

How have Christian Theology and Critical Race Theory colluded to demonize Hindu world? Path forward? 

Sh. Jeffrey Armstrong

Pt. Satish K. Sharma

October 23, 2021

Panel 1: Coloniality and Hindutva Movement

How do we understand Hindutva movement in context of Coloniality and imperative of reclaiming indigeneity?

Sh. Sanjay Dixit

Sh. J. Sai Deepak


Panel 2: Post-Colonial Hindu Hangover

Impact of coloniality on Hindu intellectuals condition? Is there path to recovery of indigenous intellectual tradition? 

Prof. Kapil Kapoor

Dr. Madhu Kishwar

October 24, 2021

Panel 1: Hindudvesha and Islam

Have scholars been honest about Islamic record in India? What has been Islam's impact on Hindu psyche?

Sh. Sushil Pandit



Panel 2: Challenges Faced by Hindus in

Islamic Regions

Plight of Hindus in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan? What is the source of ethnocide tendencies in Islam?

Ms. Sudha Jagannathan

Sh. Tahir Gora

October 30, 2021

Panel 1: Impact of Colonial Hangover on

Hindu Art and Culture

How has colonial hangover and secularization affected Hindu art and cultural ecosystem?  

Dr. Sonal Mansingh

Sh. Vivek Agnihotri

 

Panel 2: When we let others define us

How can we frame or reframe Hindutva term to discharge the negativity created by sustained competitive narrative?

Dr. Subhash Kak

Sh. David Frawley

October 31, 2021

Panel 1: Aryan Race Theory, Antisemitism and Hindudvesha

How has the Aryan Race Theory, designed to problematize Jews and Hindus, affected both communities?

Drs. Joydeep Bagchee & Vishwa Adluri

Dr. Peggy Shapiro


Panel 2: Caste as Anchor Point of

Hindudvesha

Impact of Recasting and Weaponization of Varna-Jati

into European idea of racially charged caste system

Ms. Suhag Shukla

Dr. Prakash Shah

November 6, 2021

Panel 1: Protecting Hindu Dharma

Why is protecting Hindu Dharma a civilizational 

imperative - especially in a geopolitical and media environment that is intensely hostile to it

Gen. G.D. Bakshi

Sh. Pushpendra Kulshrastha



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