Understanding Hindutva Fascism in India

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 13:30 - 15:30

Speaker: Biju Mathew

Organized by: Alternatives, CERAS and Alliance for Pluralism in South Asia

With the present government in India under the leadership of members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an extreme rightwing fascist organization, attacks on democratic institutions have become vicious. Muslims are being lynched and murdered after being accused of killing or trading beef. Thinkers and journalists who question the government and ideology of their party are being attacked and murdered. Under the pretext of protecting women, vigilante groups are on the streets, with the complicity of the administration, preventing young Hindu-Muslim couples from meeting freely. All is being is done to divide the people on religious lines.

Biju Mathew has recently returned from India and will be speaking about the nature of the Hindutva fascistic project in India and the ruling political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Dr. Mathew is eminently placed to do so, having helped found the CAG (Coalition Against Genocide) in 2005, a coalition of 40 organizations dedicated to fighting for minority rights in India, especially for justice for the victims of the Gujarat genocide of 2002 that had left over 2,000 Muslim minorities dead in the western state of Gujarat, India. In 2002, after the Gujarat carnage, Dr. Mathew and several others founded the Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (CSFH), which tracked over USD $6,000,000 being funneled to the Hindu-supremacist movement in India (the Hindutva Movement). This work is documented in a report titled “The Foreign Exchange of Hate” published in late 2002. CSFH has also investigated and published a report, “Unmistakebly Sangh” on the Hindu supremacist movement student organizations in the US. Dr. Mathew is also the co-author of “Joined at the Hip”, a report published by the CAG in 2013 on the new front organizations of the Hindu supremacist movement in the US.

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