Hindudvesha is an ambient, all-encompassing discourse that denigrates, dehumanizes, and demonizes Hinduism and the Hindu people. It has overlapping connotations with its cognate terms, such as Hinduphobia, Hindumisia and Hindu-baiting. It sustains negative perceptions about Hindu culture and ends up legitimizing hatred and violence towards Hindu communities, organizations, and institutions. And in so far as it shames, embarrasses, gaslights, and silences the Hindu people, it is a remarkably successful discourse.
Hindudvesha is not merely a personal hatred directed towards a Hindu, in an occasional one-to-one interaction. It is an ideological position, that is constituted by settled and sustained negative perspectives and attitudes towards Hindu Dharma. It is not merely an ideological position, but a stance and attitude that is institutionalized by endless propaganda and repetition of the supposedly irredeemable deformities of Hindu Dharma.
You are most likely a victim of Hindudvesha if as a Hindu:
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Like systemic racism or anti-Semitism, Hindudvesha relentlessly problematizes Hinduism and gaslights the Hindu community into suspecting that something is fundamentally and irredeemably wrong with their culture and traditions. As a discourse it justifies and serves as a cover for all the forces that overtly wish to destroy Hinduism and the Hindu people, their culture and civilization.
For example, if a Christian (or Muslim) commits a crime, it is generally regarded as an exceptional or abnormal act, i.e., that he or she committed that crime in spite of being Christian (or Muslim), Hindudvesha denies that same charity to the Hindu. Instead, it is assumed a priori that the Hindu committed the crime because he or she is Hindu, i.e., that somehow it was Hinduism that made that person a criminal. As a form of rhetoric, it conflates the exception and the norm, and implies and explicitly traces all abnormalities and deficiencies in Hindu society back to some root cause that lies within Hinduism itself. So, even if billions of interactions everyday do not involve violence or discrimination, that would be deemed insufficient to demonstrate the character of the Hindus – the one exceptional act of violence would suffice to show definitively the degeneracy and illegitimacy of the Hindu, and will get played up disproportionally in the media and the academia. This is Hindudvesha and it puts the Hindu on the defensive.
And Hindudvesha is a career. There is a lot of money in it.
Hindudvesha – Systemic Hinduphobia
By Kalyan Viswanathan, President, HUA | 19 Feb 2021
This article seeks to define and differentiate “Hindudvesha”, a relatively new term, from its more popular cognate “Hinduphobia.” First, each term will be defined, then compared, and finally, it will briefly look at the impact of Hindudvesha on the Hindu world and make suggestions on the way forward.
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