Sometimes a story writes itself, and sometimes a claim-by-Tweet is proved before it is made. So when presidential candidate and congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard summed up several weeks of turbulence in the Indian and Hindu American communities, Tweeting, “Hinduphobia is very real,” she lit up social media.
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More than 120 students from over a dozen universities, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia and UCLA, staged a demonstration across campuses March 5 to protest against “the divisive political ideology of Hindutva and discriminatory policies like the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Even before the U.S. and India could exult and bask in the afterglow of President Trump’s triumphant 36-hour whirlwind yatra to India on Feb. 24-25, replete with all of its pomp and pageantry and a surfeit of symbolism, the wanton and hate-filled communal violence in New Delhi, has cast a pall over the visit.
On the eve of President Trump’s first state visit to India, a coalition of Indian American Christian organizations has written to the president expressing its concern over religious freedom in India under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In yet another such censure by city lawmakers, the City Council of Cambridge that is home to world's top universities, including Harvard and MIT, passed a resolution this week, calling on the India’s Parliament to repeal the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act and end the National Register of Citizens.
Suchitra Vijayan, a barrister-at-law from London who did her graduate studies from Yale, feels that increasingly institutions, journalistic organizations and think tanks have disproportionately skewed towards the state and not towards the people. The thought prompted her to think of the urgent need to democratize scholarship, produce in-depth, critical journalism and knowledge for and by communities in resistance.
America Inc., and leading policy wonks who follow India’s economy closely have reacted cautiously to Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s 2020-2021 Union Budget, appreciating some of the envisaged reforms but bemoaning the lack of increased foreign direct investment allowances in areas such as insurance.
The Seattle City Council has unanimously passed a resolution condemning India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros last week criticized Prime Minister Modi for creating a “Hindu nationalist state,” calling his government the “biggest and most frightening setback” to the survival of open societies worldwide while also mentioning the Citizenship Act and the shutdown of Kashmir.
As turmoil engulfs India over the controversial citizenship law, seen by many as a result of pushback against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bid to advancing the Hindu majoritarian imprint upon the state, concerns are growing that India’s economy may be adversely impacted in the long run.