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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Hinduphobic AMU professor desecrates Hindu Dharma, slanders Hindu deities in slide on ‘historical perspective’ of rape – AMU & media soft-peddle the issue

A professor at the controversial Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has made sacrilegious and distorted remarks on Hindu deities in a slide about rape.

After protests broke out over the crude anti-Hindu bigotry displayed by their professor, AMU officials in damage-control mode have issued a show-cause notice to Dr. Jitendra Kumar, a faculty member at the medical school at the university, for hurting religious sentiments. However, the note put out by AMU’s Public Relation Office condemns “the content of a slide on the mythical reference of rape”, a sly way of validating the said ‘mythical references’ and merely condemning that such content was shown. Imagine what AMU’s reaction would have been if someone had alluded to references from Islam’s Prophet Mohammed’s life in a similar context? Would they have condemned just the content or the actual references themselves?

This smacks of an attempt at white-washing a serious crime deliberately targeting Hindus, and strong legal action needs to be initiated against Kumar and the university.

The professor had shown a slide show in class in which he gave a “historical perspective” of rape in India. We are reproducing the slide even though it contains highly disturbing content, only to show the kind of nauseating anti-Hindu bigotry which has been normalized in academia and public discourse under the Hinduphobic gaze of the secular Indian state.

As per left & Congress-leaning magazine The Week (part of the Malayala Manorama group), Jitendra Kumar, assistant professor at the Department of Forensic Medicine at AMU was teaching a class of third-year students of MBBS on Tuesday when he showed the powerpoint presentation to his class. The reporter Puja Awasthi writes “The presentation had various references from Hindu mythology to illustrate that rape has been present since times immemorial….Many students found this objectionable”. In essence, Awasthi is saying that in her opinion the references to rape are true. A large chunk of the HINO (Hindu in Name Only) English-speaking lot in journalism today belong to this Hinduphobic breed.

AMU has given the professor 24 hours to submit a reply, and said they have set up a two-member inquiry committee to ‘suggest steps’ so that this sort of incident does not occur again. AMU also claims that Kumar has submitted an ‘unconditional apology’. The latest update is that Dr. Kumar has been placed under suspension pending enquiry.

Such distortions of Hindu Dharma and its deities using skewed and superficial reading of its sacred texts is widespread and deployed by anti-Hindu bigots whenever they run out of arguments. While such Hinduphobes feel they can get away with all sorts of hate speech directed towards Hindus, they dare not utter a word against the very real problem of sexual abuse by both Christian and Muslim clergy, or the dark history of how these religions expanded across the world. That would be considered ‘unsecular’ and would cut them off from academic and other perks.

From the AMU site (archive link), this appears to be the profile of the Assistant Professor who made the vile anti-Hindu comments.

Self-hate and self-alienation is natural for those Hindus who are exposed day in and out to a university founded by the father of the two-nation theory Syed Ahmed Khan, and which continues to hang the portrait of Jinnah to this day. Interestingly, Kumar, who hails from Bihar, states in his bio-data that his interests include “Spirituality, Meditation, Writing books, Reading nobles (esp. Autobiographies)” and he claims to have actively participated in Art Of Living Meditation courses.

As an adult, Dr. Jitendra Kumar is responsible for his actions and HINOs like him must pay heavily for spreading anti-Hindu bigotry and testing the limits of Hindu tolerance. Terms like ‘mythical references’ are being used to water down this hate speech. This is another old trick – only the revered icons, stories and sacred texts of Hindu Dharma and other non-Abrahamic belief systems are disparaged with words like ‘myth’, ‘cult’ etc.

This tweet sums it up without mincing words:

An anti-Hindu bigot like Munawar Faruqui is walking free due to intervention of Supreme Court. One hopes for the sake of law & order that an example is made out of Dr. Jitendra Kumar by the Yogi Adityanath government so that such hate-speech against Hindus does not go even more out of hand.

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  1. Such activities are quite unbecoming of a professor. He only spews hate to widen the rift between the Hindus and the Muslims. Quite antagonistic to India’s cultural integrity and the spirit of communal harmony.


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