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An Indian Hindu Sadhu.

" Dismantling Globa Hindutva " as the conference is named, is a virtual congregation of anti-national, anti-Hindu, anti-semitic, pro-Jihadi elements. The organizers who remain staunch on staying anonymous have stated that the conference aims at scrutinising what Hindutva is, says and does with regard to a wide range of topics, from caste to political economy, to gender and sexuality, and more.

The purported international conference is virtually scheduled for the second weekend of September. The organizers of the conference are firm on remaining anonymous but have released a list of guest speakers. The list mainly includes names of prominent university professors, research scholars, journalists and a few social activists too.


Furthermore, the organizers stated that such conversations will empower academics, public intellectuals, activists and artists who will speak "carefully and powerfully" to educate the wider public about the perils of Hindutva.


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When quizzed about the timing of the conference the organizers stated that "This conference is held during a time when a Hindu supremacist regime is in power in India, and so this conference will also throw light on what Hindutva does when it has captured state power by closely scrutinising both its official policies, and its unofficial policies like creating impunity for Hindutva violence and setting up a massive propaganda machinery,"

When prodded about the backlash and serious criticism from the Hindu community, the organizers stated that "We categorically reject the idea that critiquing Hindutva is in any way harmful to Hindu students. Indeed, we consider Hindutva to be the most significant threat to Hinduism's pluralist ethos, as well as to efforts to fight ills in Indian society like casteism. That certain groups can't distinguish between a critique of Hindutva and attacks on Hinduism says more about their confusion, affiliation, and desire to defend Hindutva using any rhetoric necessary, than it says about this conference,"

The conference has invoked serious flak from the global Hindu community. Niraj Antani the youngest Hindu elected official in the history of the United States and is the first Indian American state senator in Ohio history has also severely critiqued the conference. Along with Niraj, the 18 million-strong Indian-American diaspora too has vehemently criticized the conference. The website of the proposed conference (https://dismantlinghindutva.com/) is purportedly under maintenance.


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