Why the Dismantling Global Hindutva Conference is not ‘Hindu-phobic’ – By Rohit Chopra
The Dismantling Global Hindutva Conference – scheduled for September 10 and featuring a number of reputed scholars, activists and journalists who are intimately acquainted with different aspects of Hindu nationalism – is a long overdue, important and necessary initiative….
Cynically and mendaciously, the individuals and organisations that are opposing the conference are conflating Hinduism and Hindutva, although the title and focus of the conference make it amply clear that the conference is centred on the latter….
But universities are also places committed to supporting the values of human rights and dignity and spaces where the most vulnerable and marginalised among us can have their stories heard, whether in their own voices or through those who speak for them. For these reasons too, the conference, which seeks to bring a long-delayed global awareness to the operations of an exclusionary and discriminatory ideology like Hindutva, is critically urgent and most welcome.