[INDOLOGY] Ananya Vajpeyi on Hindutva, caste, and Brahminical values

Audrey Truschke audrey.truschke at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 16:54:51 UTC 2015

I face questions about data collection in India, how do we know if problems
with intolerance have increased, etc. from undergraduate students with some
regularity. One of my go-to sources is USCIRF reports, which provide a
concise overview of the escalation of attacks against religious minorities
in India and the key players involved. See the most recent one here:

I'll also note that it is not hard to find criticisms of the USCIRF.
Especially after the 2015 report on India came out, there was a flurry of
op-eds in the Indian press, several of which I find very valuable for
teaching purposes.


Audrey Truschke
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Religious Studies
Stanford University
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On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 12:26 AM, Nityanand Misra <nmisra at gmail.com> wrote:

> >
> > Similarly, Tufail ignores what Sonia Faleiro (see her Op-Ed in the New
> York Times) and others have been pointing out for some time: that the
> frequency of attacks on scholars, writers, and religious minorities has
> increased observably since the installment of the current BJP government,
> Dear Tyler,
> While we may differ in our views, I would like to know if the statement
> that the frequency of attacks has observably increased since May 2014 is
> based on a direct source, e.g. statistics on incidents charged with
> corresponding sections in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as reported by the
> National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of India? Or is it based on indirect
> sources like proportion of news coverage or number of editorials written on
> certain specific events?
> If the former, I would be interested in seeing the data myself. If the
> latter, there is a possibility the conclusion may be different when we look
> at the actual data.
> I am reminded of similar news coverage late last year and earlier this
> year, when there was a spate of news articles and editorials suggesting
> that incidents targeting churches in Delhi were a part of a pattern of
> rising intolerance under the new government. Most news sources did not
> report comparative statistics from previous years or statistics of
> incidents targeting other religious places. One weekly source, The Sunday
> Standard (published by the New Indian Express Group), did; and here is the
> article in which data showed a different picture:
> http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/Stealing-Communal-Advantage-Leaves-Cops-Fuming/2015/02/15/article2668964.ece
> This article was referred by Rupa Subrahmanya in her article Crying wolf:
> The narrative of the ‘Delhi church attacks’ flies in the face of facts
> published in February 2015 by Firstpost:
> http://www.firstpost.com/india/crying-wolf-the-narrative-of-the-delhi-church-attacks-flies-in-the-face-of-facts-2101105.html
> Kind regards, Nityanand

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