[Ads-l] Hinduphobia

Benjamin Barrett mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 6 01:57:34 UTC 2016

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Hinduphobia <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Hinduphobia>) has this word but not the Oxford Dictionary site.

The New York Times used it in quotation marks the other day.

"Debate Erupts in California Over Curriculum on India’s History”
by Jennifer Medina
The New York Times
4 May 2016
http://nyti.ms/23skJun <http://nyti.ms/23skJun>

During a hearing last month, dozens of Indian students spoke out against the changes the South Asian scholars have suggested to the commission, accusing them of “Hinduphobia” and robbing them of selfhood.

The Huffington Post bares the word without quotation marks.

"You Goofed, LA Times: Here’s the Real Deal on India in California History Textbooks”
by Vamsee Juluri
The Huffington Post
12 April 2016
http://huff.to/1SQXvfK <http://huff.to/1SQXvfK>

I do not know what else to call the “logic” that has dictated such skewed reporting on issues pertaining to India and Hinduism in the U.S. news media except as Hinduphobia; not so much a personal bias perhaps, but certainly a vested and relentless silencing of alternative positions in academia and the media.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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