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Food for thought – Is Hinduphobia the correct term to use?

Hinduphobia is a term that is casually thrown around to suggest anti-Hindu content. We may like to believe in the Shakespearian saying “what’s in a name”? However, words have a deeper impact on the psyche, and hence Bharatiya languages in general and Sanskrit, in particular, lays emphasis on the words we use.

One of the most widely used terms these days is Hinduphobia. However, as Shri Nageswar Rao has rightly pointed out this term which is used to indicate hatred for Hindu Dharma literally translates to “fear of Hindu Dharma”.

Much like how “god-fearing” does not apply to Hindus due to the simple fact that Hindu Devi & Devatas are parent figures who are benevolent rather than jealous deities punishing us at the drop of a hat, Hinduphobia is not the correct term to use and it is time we looked for a better alternative.

The question that naturally arises is why are such alternatives essential or whether such substitutes are even necessary. The answer is we need such alternatives because it is important to remind people of the kind of atrocities Hindus have been facing.

Our position is no different from the atrocities inflicted on the Jews and the anti-Semitism practiced to a large extent by both Christians and Muslims to this day. While the world knows about anti-Semitism and their genocide, the Hindu genocide remains unspoken and whitewashed from the pages of History.

On the other hand, the rampant anti-Hindu narrative has been built, more so since independence, and the attacks have only increased and become more vicious since 2014 when BJP led by PM Modi won a thumping majority.

Though we have mainstreamed the word Hinduphobia, maybe it is time to consider an alternative for the same. In this article, we would like to put out some suggestions to be used as substitutes, besides the ones suggested by Shri Rao.

  • Hindumisia, where “misia” is the Greek term for hatred, dislike, or aversion, and the term Hindumisia translates to hatred for Hindu Dharma. Hindumisic is one who hates Hindu Dharma
  • Hindudvesh is a better alternative where “dvesh” indicates hatred (used in both Sanskrit and Hindi). We may use “Hindudveshi” for one who harbors hatred for Hindus and their Dharma
  • We may use Hindugruhna which is a synonym for Hindudvesh
  • Another term we must consider using is “Aurangzebism” because nothing spells anti-Hindu more than associating it with Aurangzeb who harbored a pathological hatred for Hindus. He was singularly responsible for the destruction of Hindu temples, mass forcible conversions of Hindus, and several other unspeakable horrors. Therefore, Aurangzebism is harboring hatred for Hindus, and one who practices Aurangzebism is Aurangzebic, Aurangzebist, and/or Aurangzebian

This is food for thought which each of us must consider because the need of the hour is to build the “right” narrative. The list is by no means exhaustive and the readers may want to pitch in with their own suggestions.

In the meanwhile, we must seriously consider mainstreaming these terms in order to present the correct picture so that the generations to come understand history as it occurred and not as it is being white-washed by leftists and the Lutyens brigade.

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