Vamsee Juluri’s November 2021 article “Modi and Pope Francis must call out global Hinduphobia, else the propaganda will carry on”  in The Print makes the point that Indian PM, Mr.Narendra Modi, in his impending meeting with the Pope, should raise the issue of global anti-Hindu propaganda by the West. Key points of the article are summarized here:
- There is a pervasive influence of propaganda in shaping public discourse and language used to describe individuals and issues.
- There is a hypocritical imbalance in terminology, such as “Hindu nationalist” being commonly used, while terms like “Christian expansionist” for the Pope are seldom employed.
- The author reflects on how propaganda has evolved, with the term having a positive or neutral connotation before World War I but becoming negative after atrocity propaganda during the war.
- The article underscores that propaganda has been employed by colonizers and missionaries throughout history, often negatively impacting indigenous peoples.
- It points out that the study of propaganda has been a concern since the aftermath of World War I, leading to efforts to educate the public on detecting propaganda techniques.
- The article notes that propaganda played a dangerous role in Nazi Germany during World War II, solidifying the negative associations linked to the term.
- Modi and Pope Francis must call out global Hinduphobia, else the propaganda will carry on (theprint.in)