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...