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Roy was photographed with murthis of Hindu Goddesses on her table and pictures of Gods on the wall.

BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the United States' top space organization, sent out a tweet with four pictures as a reminder for its autumn internship applications. "Today's the day: applications for autumn NASA internships are due!" said the tweet, which featured photographs of four different interns. However, it was the unashamed Hindu Bharatiya American NASA intern Pratima Roy's image that gave Hinduphobics distress and led them to have a complete meltdown.


Many people are put off by a photo of an Indian-American woman sitting next to idols of Gods next to her laptop, which was apparently a failed attempt by NASA to represent cultural diversity. Roy was photographed with murthis of Hindu Goddesses on her table and pictures of Gods on the wall.

Meanwhile, some praised the space agency for giving women greater authority, while others couldn't believe a scientist in the making would believe in religion. Given their opinions, some social media users questioned the interns' scientific temperament. "After viewing this, we remarked; Science ka naash kar diya NASA ne," one Twitter handle, 'Mission Ambedkar,' said (NASA has destroyed science).

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There is a slew of additional remarks against Roy that clearly demonstrate the palpable Hinduphobia. All of this simply helps to highlight the widespread Hinduphobia that still exists. It is self-evident at this point that if NASA had released an image of a Christian woman with the religious symbols of their faith, it would not have elicited such strong responses.

On the other hand, Pratima gained a lot of support on social media, with many people pointing out racism. Some netizens expressed surprise at the high degree of Hinduphobia in the world. Others thanked NASA for exposing Hinduphobia and claimed there was no need to doubt Pratima's qualifications to be an intern at NASA because of her faith. Many individuals claimed that by disparaging a girl who is proud of her heritage, they had exposed their own prejudice and intolerance.

Pratima responded to the bullies on Twitter, saying, "The nasty assaults on me are proof that Hinduphobia is real." My Gods motivate me to attain bigger goals in my life. Our culture isn't/has never been dogmatic beyond reason, therefore science and Sanatana Dharma may coexist."'' It's understandable that proponents of the flat earth hypothesis feel envious of Hindu devotee women who excel in science and technology. Continue, your prejudice will strengthen my faith," remarked the NASA data analyst intern.

As a matter of fact, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), an organization that has brought the country much pride in recent years and has a long practice of giving prayers at a temple before the launch of any important space mission. K Sivan, the director-general of ISRO, is a devoted Hindu, as are many other prominent Indian scientists. Wondering how badly these facts upset those who oppose Hinduism!

In a similar incident, the student body at Rutgers University was the first in America to acknowledge and declare Hinduphobia recently. Following Hindu student Rashmi Samant's victory in the Oxford Students Union election, she was exposed to Hinduphobic insults and pressured to quit. Faith is a personal matter, and Pratima has complete control over what she keeps on her desk. Hinduphobes have no right, whatsoever to tell her whose pictures and murtis she can and cannot put on her tables and walls.


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