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Why Hindus lack a sense of collective harm: Mass unity is a distraction, ancestral continuity is the destination

“Why Hindus lack a sense of collective harm: Mass unity is a distraction, ancestral continuity is the destination”, Firstpost, May 16, 2023:

“In my earlier article here in Firstpost, I talked about how dropping the word “Hinduphobia” because it allegedly sounds like “Islamophobia” as some Hindu leaders and intellectuals have argued is not a good idea.

One of the points I made in passing was that Hindus are known to be “cheap” which is perhaps why no one has bothered to support a proper, professional Centre for Hinduphobia Studies in a major university in the West or in India which can house rigorous interdisciplinary work that can serve as the foundation for future research, corporate policies, anti-Hinduphobia legislations, etc.

Some readers wondered if “cheap” was a harsh word, and whether the problem is that Hindus in general don’t bother to own a story. While I have anecdotes enough to support my strong word here, I will skip that for now and focus on the bigger picture: Why is it difficult for Hindus as individuals to face the reality that hostile and hateful beliefs and forces exist that threaten Hindus indeed as a collective? Do we lack a sense of collective harm, or collective anything for that matter?”

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