24 September, 2020

Om In The Big Cheque

A Hindutva-linked body’s foray into a US varsity faces protests

Om In The Big Cheque

The Chairs Are Saffron

  • The DCF is pushing four new India studies chairs at the University of California, Irvine
  • A group of students and professors charge it of coercion, Hindutva links and agenda


After whetting its appetite in Ind­ian schoolyards, the right-wing Hindu juggernaut is making a push into campuses overs­eas. Some professors and students at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), a top US public university, has been fighting off a Hindu body keen to gift UCI around $6 million to study aspects of “Indian civilisation” like the Vedas, Jainism and Sikhism.

The Dharma Civilisation Foundation (DCF) is pushing four new India-centric chairs at UCI, but its controversial app­roach has many scholars and professors aghast. For instance, the foundation ope­nly claims that the world views scholarship on Hinduism through a “lens of suspicion”. In sync with its sense of being persecuted, the foundation wants to...



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