The ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva Conference’, which is a virtual conference backed by about 50 Universities and 70 departments from different countries, has been coming in for ridicule all over. Held since September 10, it is going to come to an end on September 12.
Various statements made by academics and scholars at the conference have been ripped apart from pro-Hindutva commentators and Netizens. A speaker at the virtual conference alleged that Hindutva forces, referring to the Modi government, have promoted only Ayurveda but not Unani. Taking a swipe at the assertion, author Hindol Sengupta wrote, “Unbelievable. The ministry is called AYUSH which stands for Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homeopathy. Unani, Homeopathy is literally in its very name.”
An academic’s assertion that there is nothing called Hinduism has come in for severe criticism as well. The same academic had recently said, in another context, that she respects pluralist Hinduism. “Isn’t she contradicting herself?” a Netizen asked.
A particular assertion has stumped many opposed to the essence of the conference: “The nation-state itself is like a huge phallus standing in front of us.” Their stunned reaction is on these likes: “What does it even mean?” Columnist Pratyasha Rath opined that the line is worthy to be put on a T-shirt and nothing more.