The Hindu American Foundation has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against the University of Pennsylvania “for its part in co-sponsoring the Dismantling Global Hindutva (DGH) conference, which it alleged was anti-Hindu.
Indeed, all of us from every faith should stand up and dismantle ISIS, Hindutva, Taliban, Neocon, Nazi, Supremacist ideologies everywhere. They are a threat to religious freedom and human rights.
The HAF claims that the conference was Anti-Indian and Anti-Hindu. They should know that in democratic societies, criticism of Government is the most patriotic thing to do.
Criticizing the Modi government is not Anti-Indian; I am sure there are many Indians who had criticized the Congress Government, did that make them Anti-Indian? Some members of the HAF may hate Gandhi as many BJP members do; does that make them Anti-Indian?
Hinduism is a 5000-year-old religion, an eternal religion, and it does need defenders. It will always be there.
Hinduism is a religion that guides humankind to seek Moksha, salvation, Mukti, or freedom from tensions. In contrast, Hindutva is a political ideology that gives tensions and creates conflicts. It is a breeder of hate and violence in India.
Hindutva is not Hinduism
I wish HAF withdraws the lawsuit and spends time on education. They can clarify that Hindutva was a term invented by Savarkar in the 1920s to spew hate against Muslims and Christians. They can hold conferences on College campuses and let them know that Hindutva is not Hinduism. The best way to serve Hinduism is to educate about it. Hinduism is a faith whose foundation firmly stands on freedom. As a pluralist, I stand by firmly with Hinduism and doing my share by separating the chaff from the wheat – that is separating Hinduism from Hindutva.
Dr. Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker, author, community consultant, pluralist, activist, newsmaker, and an interfaith wedding officiant. Mike is deeply committed to Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies and the workplace. He is an activist for Human Rights and freedom. He has dedicated his life to building a cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions to the media and the policymakers on issues of the day. Everything about him is at www.TheGhousediary.com