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California Textbook Controversy

Creation Science and Aryan Invasion Theory ?  

Tavleen Singh columnist with Indian Express has recently commented in her article A Dark and Distorted Hinduism: 

"..American professors who have written scholarly tomes on Hinduism make Hinduism sound like a mix of voodoo and pornography. Hindu gods and religious symbols have been put through Freudian analysis to establish such bizarre conclusions as Ganesha’s trunk representing a “flaccid phallus” and his love of sweets as a desire for oral sex. He also has Oedipal problems! This Freudian analysis goes beyond the gods to actual Hindu religious practices, and it is then that these scholars show not just their abysmal ignorance but their deliberate distortion of reality. They teach students in American universities that Brahmins drink menstrual blood and other human fluids and that this is Tantra. They teach that Shiva temples are dens of vice where priests routinely murder and rape unsuspecting pilgrims."

Refer to A Dark and Distorted Hinduism and Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America - By Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi BanerjeeProtests against Sonia Gandhi representing Mohandas GandhiRefer to Communist Historians: The Enemy Within – By Yvette Rosser.

Endorsed by Forum for saving Gandhi Heritage consisting of Mahatma Gandhi International Foundation, Indo Caribbean Council, Kashmir Pandits Association, Bangalore Initiative for Religious Dialogue (Christian against Proselytization) & Foundation of Nepalis in America & others.

Refer to Defaming of Hinduism-I – By V Sundaram – newstodaynet.com and Defaming of Hinduism-II – By V Sundaram – newstodaynet.com. Watch Rapture Ready: The Christians United for Israel Tour Watch video
Watch God’s Warriors – By Christine Amanpour – CNN.com
Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

For more on Christian Intolerance refer to chapters on The Goa Inquisition, European Imperialism, Conversion, and First Indologists. Watch video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ9To30Hz7A  and Prayer War on the Hill: Hindu Invocation In Senate Reveals Religious Right Rancor.

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1981 - ) Russian author and historian, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970. In his work Solzhenitsyn continued the realistic tradition of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy and complemented it later with his views of the flaws of both East and West. 

He once put it, 

"The mistake of the West is that it measures other civilizations by the degree to which they approximate to Western civilization. If they do not approximate it, they are hopeless, dumb, reactionary."

(source: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, interviewed in Time of 24 July 1989).  Refer to The California Textbook Controversy  - hinduismtoday.com. Refer to Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress - By Howard Zinn. Refer to A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom - By Andrew Dickinson White - umich.edu.

"The American education system (with strong reinforcement from the media) has bred a nation of what I will call 'closet racists.' Closet racists are unaware of their prejudices."

            - Dr. Paul Gorski: The Language of Closet Racism and Creator Of The Multicultural Pavilion

(source: Dialog on Whiteness Studies - By Rajiv Malhotra - sulekha.com). Watch Jesus Camp movie. Watch video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ9To30Hz7A  and Prayer War on the Hill: Hindu Invocation In Senate Reveals Religious Right Rancor. Refer to Film Shows Youths Training to Fight for Jesus - By Dan Harris - abcnews.com.  Refer to Christian Preacher claims Hinduism and Buddhism is Satanic - mediamatters.org. Refer to Christianity’s criminal history – By Karlheinz Deschner. Refer to Things They Don't Tell you about Christianity.

Also refer to Christian video game draws anger - BBC.com - It's about religious warfare. The way to win is to convert or kill. You have both the Inquisition and the Crusades.

For The Rise of Christian Nationalism in USA - Refer to Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism - By Michelle Goldberg and Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth - By Lauren Sandler and God And Country: How Evangelicals Have Become America's New Mainstream - By Monique El-Faizy and The Baptizing of America: The Religious Right's Plans for the Rest of Us - By James Rudin and Divine Destruction: Dominion Theology and American Environmental Policy - By Stephenie Hendricks. Refer to Quotes from the The American Taliban. Refer to Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America - By Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi Banerjee.

“Too many Western students still leave high school clutching their Bibles believing that Judeo-Christian Mythology is the one true faith and all others are a religious mockery.”

(source: Hyper Multiculturalism - Encouraging Comparative Religion in Education - By Mark Liberator). 

Hindus eat monkey brains?

When Vinod Kumar first came to the United States from India in the 1980s, Americans would ask him if he ate monkey brains. The movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom by Steven Spielberg in 1984 was all the rage, along with its memorable Indian banquet scene featuring chilled monkey brains for dessert.

“That was the level of awareness of the people about India,” Kumar remembers.

(source: Filmmaker finds purpose in teaching about Hindu culture and religion - signonsandiego.com).  

Intolerance in America? Heckling of Hindu Priest on Capitol Hill

Refer to Good ole Christian tolerance - By P Z Myers and Hindu Prayers and Christian Hegemony - By Ed Brayton.  Refer to Christianity has persistently fought against Pluralism and Victims of Christian Faith. Refer to Prayer War on the Hill: Hindu Invocation In Senate Reveals Religious Right Rancor

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In the Land of Equality?
Unequal Portrayal of Hinduism

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire (1694-1774) France's greatest writers and philosophers, was atheist, and a bitter critic of the Church, which he looked upon as the instigator of cruelty, injustice, and inequality, wrote, in a letter to Frederick the Great (1712–86): 

"Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd, and bloody religion that has ever infected the world." Where is the prince sufficiently educated to know that for seventeen hundred years the Christian sect has done nothing but harm?' "Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror."

“You will notice that in all disputes between Christians since the birth of the Church, Rome has always favored the doctrine which most completely subjugated the human mind and annihilated reason.” “As you know, the Inquisition is an admirable and wholly Christian invention to make the pope and the monks more powerful and turn a whole kingdom into hypocrites.”  

In his 'Philosophical Dictionary', Voltaire gave a time-defying verdict:

"Pagan religion shed very little blood, while ours flooded the earth with it. Christianity has deluged the earth with blood for the sake of sophisms'."

About the atrocities committed by the Roman Catholic Church in Goa in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, Voltaire in his 'Fragments of India's History' observed: 'Goa is sadly famous for its Inquistion, which is contrary to humanity as much as to commerce. The Portuguese monks deluded us into believing that the Indian populace was worshipping the Devil, while it is THEY who served him'.

(source: Letter to Frederick the Great, quoted in the Encyclopedia of Unbelief  Prometheus Books, 1985, p. 715). 

Refer to Victims of Christian Faith and Christianity's Criminal History - By Karlheinz Deschner. Watch The Bible is Bullshit - Penn & Teller examine the Bible.. Watch Hand of God movie: A must-see film on church sex scandal - pbs.org - New Hampshire Public TV on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 at 10 p.m. Watch documentary The Barbarian West - By Michael Wood and Refer to Christianity’s criminal history – By Karlheinz Deschner

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931 - ) is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. Tutu was the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

"It was Christians, you know, not Pagans, who were responsible for the Holocaust

It was Christians, not Pagans, who lynched people here in the South, who burned people at the stake, frequently in the name of this Jesus Christ"  

(source: Famous Quotes - crusadewatch.org). Also refer to American Wahabbis and the Ten Commandments - tomdispatch.com.  Refer to Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress - By Howard Zinn. Refer to A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom - By Andrew Dickinson White - umich.edu. Watch Sex crimes and the Vatican - videogoogle.com. Refer to Things They Don't Tell you about Christianity.

Watch Hand of God movie: A must-see film on church sex scandal - pbs.org - New Hampshire Public TV on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 at 10 p.m. Also refer to The Destruction of Black Civilization - By Prof. Chancellor James Williams Refer to The United States Government War Against the American Indian Movement - aimovment.org and The Covert War Against Native Americans - by Ward Churchill. Also refer to Ancient Struggle Continues, Scholars Remain Clueless - By Vrndavan Parker and refer to World Conquering Creeds - By Dr. Koenraad Elst - chapter on Glimpses XVI and Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful Truth. Watch An Invasion through Conversion - videoyahoo.com and watch Jesus Camp movie and Film Shows Youths Training to Fight for Jesus - By Dan Harris - abcnews.com

Gore Vidal (1925 -   )  well known American writer, the eminent historian, and a public figure for over fifty years, in his Lowell Lecture at Harvard University given April 20, 1996 observed:

“When the white race broke out of Europe 500 years ago,… inspired by a raging sky-god, the whites were able to pretend that their conquests were in order to bring the One God to everyone, particularly those with older and subtler religions. ………

“From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three antihuman religions have evolved --Judaism, Christianity, Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal --God is the omnipotent father-- hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years. The sky-god is a jealous god, of course. Those who would reject him must be converted or killed for their own good. Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose. Any movement of a liberal nature endangers his authority and that of his delegates on earth. One God, one King, one Pope, one master in the factory, one father-leader in the family home."

“I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race. I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam -- good people, yes, but any religion based on a single, well, frenzied and virulent god, is not as useful to the human race …” “More people have been killed in the name of Jesus Christ than any other name in the history of the world.” "Christianity is such a silly religion."

(source: Lowell Lecture at Harvard University given - By Gore Vidal - April 20, 1996 and positiveatheism.com and Gore Vidal, in Time magazine, September 28, 1992, p. 66, from James A Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief). Refer to Victims of Christian Faith and Christianity's Criminal History - By Karlheinz Deschner. Refer to Jesus Christ: Artifice for Aggression - By Sita Ram Goel and Watch The Crescent and the Cross

Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful Truth. Refer to World Conquering Creeds - By Dr. Koenraad Elst - chapter on Glimpses XVIRefer to Christian persecution against the Hellenes - ethnicoi.org. Watch The Bible is Bullshit - Penn & Teller examine the Bible. Refer to Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress - By Howard Zinn  

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Dr Charles Sabillon ( ?) author of several books, has observed in his article Christianity and Islam: Which is the Worst?

"The origins of both religions are based on the claims of two men, Jesus and Mohammed, and both men proved equally incapable of demonstrating their divine mandate. From that perspective, the two creeds are equally based on false propositions and can be classified as nothing more than lies.

Mohammed ordered his followers to do it by the sword (Jihad), and that is what they did once he died. They launched into one of the most enthusiastic conquering ventures the world has ever seen and forged an empire that extended from Central Asia to the southwest of Europe.

Nations were ruthlessly converted to Christianity by the sword just like Islam converted Arabia, Central Asia, and Africa by the sword. With his armies, Charlemagne preached the Gospel of the cross to the Saxons, the Germans, the Bohemians, and the Hungarians. 

This was not the only evangelizing military operation. There were also the infamous Crusades from the eleventh to the thirteenth century, the Inquisition, and the conquest of the American continent from the sixteenth century onwards. Throughout the Middle Ages in Europe, the Christian Church was the most militarily powerful organization in that continent. Being the largest landowner and the biggest tax collector provided the Pope with huge amounts of money, which were used to solidify his power by establishing a potent armed force. However, Christianity has had a more pernicious effect on progress than Islam for it has hindered more the advance of science. Since Christianity is the religion of the West and Christianity has systemically opposed, silenced and killed scientists, it is thus the creed most accountable for having hindered progress.

(source: Christianity and Islam: Which is the Worst? - By Charles Sabillon - americanchronicle.com). Refer to Christianity’s criminal history – By Karlheinz Deschner. Refer to Refuting Evolution in USA and Christian Fascism - By Carolyn Baker. Refer to Things They Don't Tell you about Christianity.

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"Evangelical Christianity, born in England and nurtured in the United States, is leaving home."

                    -  Paul Nussbaum, author of Evangelical Christianity shifting outside West - Philadelphia Inquirer  Feb 20, 2006. Refer to Christian hand behind the California school textbooks issue

Also refer to The Legacy of Native American Schools

U.S. and Canadian authorities took Native children from their homes and tried to school, and sometimes beat, the Indian out them. Now Native Americans are fighting the theft of language, of culture, and of childhood itself.

A 2001 report by the Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada documents the responsibility of the Roman Catholic Church, the United Church of Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the federal government in the deaths of more than 50,000 Native children in the Canadian residential school system.

The report says Church officials killed children by beating, poisoning, electric shock, starvation, prolonged exposure to sub-zero cold while naked, and medical experimentation, including the removal of organs and radiation exposure. In 1928 Alberta passed legislation allowing school officials to forcibly sterilize Native girls; British Columbia followed suit in 1933.

(source: Soul Wound: The Legacy of Native American Schools - amenestyusa.org). Also refer to Refer to The Aztec Account of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico.

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Christian Nationalism – For more watch Silhouette city - a new documentary by Michael Wilson that investigates apocalyptic Christian nationalism. The film tracks the rise of this religious fervor over the last three decades, from fringe Christian survivalist groups of the 1970's to today's mainstream movement. As you can see from this clip, the current leaders of apocalyptic Christian nationalism include Rev. Rod Parsley and Rev. John Hagee.

(source: Apocalyptic Christian Nationalism at Its Scariest - alternet.org).

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Anti-Hinduism has become the world's new anti-Semitism

Clichéd pictures of scavengers and untouchables cleaning latrines, scrawny cows eating garbage on streets (with gratuitous remarks like “Where is the Beef”, or statements like “even if Hindus are starving, they will not eat beef”). Students are taught that only Hinduism ill-treats women or other men. 

Watch video - Brahmins in India have become a minority

For other religions, these topics are either not discussed, or white-washed. 

Or even if issues of slavery and gender inequality are mentioned, they are de-linked from the respective religions, and treated only as distant historical and/or social issues. Hindu religious beliefs are presented in ridiculous terms like “according to the Karma theory, if you do bad deeds, you may be reborn as a pig or an insect”, whereas the teachings (“revelations”) of other religions are taught in a very profound manner. Hindu holy books are just “poems”, ‘songs’ (like Madonna’s pop-songs?), or “myths” whereas the Bible and the Quran are “revealed scriptures” whose accounts are historical facts. The list of such errors of fact, bias and disparity with other faiths in these textbooks is endless. 

Hinduism is equal to the caste system, in which there is a large section of people who are called untouchables. The untouchables were discriminated against, they were suppressed and people would not even see them, let alone touch them. Then you read that Hindu women in ancient India were burned when they died and were harassed if they did not commit Sati (page 245 in Glencoe textbook). You read that “women did not inherit property”, they “could not study”, they “could not remarry” and their “life was miserable as a widow”. You would study that people in India would not eat beef “even if they were starving”. You would also learn that you worship “statues of gods and goddesses in temples”, whereas others worship a powerful, all-knowing and living God.  

 

Goddess Bhudevi - 13th century bronze. 

To worship the Goddess is to honor the Earth and all her creatures.

The female aspect of the Creator has been excluded by a world that has focused exclusively on the male dominated religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Refer to Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America - By Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi BanerjeeRefer to chapter on Nature Worship and Women in Hinduism. Watch Ganapati Om Kirtan - By Dave Stringer. Watch Kirtan in Boulder, CO. USA. Watch video - Brahmins in India have become a minority

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If, by chance, there is anything positive in Hindu culture, it is neglected. No mention is made of the fact that Hindus alone worship God in Her Feminine Form

No mention is made of the fact that Hindus were the only society where slavery did not exist. No mention is made of the fact that religious wars were rare in Hindu society. No mention is made of the fact that many ‘untouchables’ compiled the greatest of Hindu scriptures, and became Hinduism’s most famous saints. And certainly no mention of the fact that India was historically the most tolerant nation in accepting differing religious beliefs in the world – not just ‘tolerating’, but welcoming Jews, Zoroastrians, Atheists, ‘heretical Christians’, ‘Qaramatian Muslims’ and others who fled persecution elsewhere. 

Why should the sixth grade textbook teach eleven year old children in California about ancient cultures such as China, India, Rome, Greece, Israel, and Mesopotamia? The answer is obvious- the world is shrinking rapidly, and we have people of all nationalities and ethnicities living right in our midst. Particularly after 9/11, American children need to be made aware of cultures other than American culture so that they can appreciate the diversity of the shared heritage of mankind and become better, more informed citizens of a multicultural country and world. 

(source: Forgetting the Child - the Heart of the Matter - By Niraj Mohanka - india-forum.org).  Refer to Mexicans Immigrants do the menial jobs in USA - Who will take the worst U.S. jobs? and Basic justice for immigrants who do the dirty work

Refer to Victims of Christian Faith and Christianity's Criminal History - By Karlheinz Deschner. Refer to The Inquisition in Goa. Refer to World Conquering Creeds - By Dr. Koenraad Elst - chapter on Glimpses XVI and Watch An Invasion through Conversion - videoyahoo.com Refer to Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress - By Howard Zinn and Refer to A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom - By Andrew Dickinson White - umich.edu. Watch Sex crimes and the Vatican - videogoogle.com.

Also refer to The Destruction of Black Civilization - By Prof. Chancellor James Williams. Refer to Refuting Evolution in USA and Christian Fascism - By Carolyn Baker. Also refer to Towards a Positive portrayal of the Hindu Traditions? – By Jakob De Roover. Watch the video - Pat Robertson Says All Other Religions Worship Demonic Powers - Rightwingwatch.org. Also refer to Using TV, Christian Pat Robertson Denounces Hinduism as "Demonic"

Academic Hypocrisy

If other religions like Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are allowed to present sanitised versions of their religion, Hindus should also be allowed the same rights. While attempts are being made to teach about “Hindu horrors” against minorities, the same academicians are not lobbying to add textbook sections on “Islamic genocides” in South Asia, “Islamic terrorism” worldwide, or “Christian holocausts” of Native Americans: The non-Hindu religions are coddled with political correctness and “sensitivity.” 


In order to be true to their field of study, academicians should apply the same “human rights” criteria to all religions equally.

The controversy of the Mohammed cartoons should compel concerned citizens everywhere to balance intellectual freedom with intellectual responsibility. Whatever may be one’s position in this debate, it must be equally applied to all religions or else it would be hypocrisy. 

(source: Academic Hypocrisy - varnam.org). What does the Bible say about Slavery and Women? Refer to Christianity Versus Women  by Julia Hernandez and Al Seckel and The Inquisition in Goa.  Also refer to Hate group numbers top 800 in USA - Southern Poverty Law Center and watch Jesus Camp movie. Watch Sex crimes and the Vatican - videogoogle.com.  Watch video - Brahmins in India have become a minority

Refer to Indian people mark 500 years of terrorism - By Tim Giago - indianz.com. Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, is the former editor and publisher of Indian Country Today. Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful TruthWatch An Invasion through Conversion - videoyahoo.com . Refer to World Conquering Creeds - By Dr. Koenraad Elst - chapter on Glimpses XVI. Refer to Refuting Evolution in USA and Christian Fascism - By Carolyn Baker. Refer to Holy warriors in the US armed forces and Christian embassy and Officers Christian fellowship and Ambassadors for Christian Dominion in Uniform.

'Dalit' twist to textbook row

India 's internal affairs are increasingly witnessing an interventionist American nexus. 

Even as the Supreme Court asks the Union Government to justify giving so-called 'Dalit Christians' a share in the quota for Scheduled Castes, it may be instructive to see how US policy has inveigled itself into our domestic discourse, while maintaining severe pressure upon its own Hindu citizens of Indian origin.  

    

Harvard professor Michael Witzel, Ms. Nanci Ricks and anti-Hindu Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks.

India 's internal affairs are increasingly witnessing an interventionist American nexus. 

Refer to Romila Thapar’s Kluge Prize – By Dr. Gautam Sen - vigilonline.com. Refer to Communist Historians: The Enemy Within – By Yvette Rosser. Refer to What Every "Ugly American" Must Know about the "Civilized British - www.larouchepac.com.

Support California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials (CAPEEM)  

Refer to George Carlin and The American Dream and Notes From Inside New Orleans and Windfall: How Conservatives, Contractors, and Developers Cashed In on Katrina - motherjones.com. 

For Cruelty inflicted by Christianity - Watch Constantine's Sword movie - By Oren Jacoby

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The manner in which these issues play out is enlightening. Harvard professor Michael Witzel's supporters in the California textbook battle include two evangelical bodies: Dalit Freedom Network and Dalit Solidarity Forum in the USA . DFN president Joseph D'Souza also heads the All-India Christian Council; he appealed to a US Congressional Committee to get 'Scheduled Caste' status for India 's 'Dalit' Christians.    

This utilisation of converts by overseas co-religionists for covert agendas fuels Hindu anger against conversions. The DFN's mission is to partner Dalits in their "quest for religious freedom" (obviously these are non-Hindu Dalits), and includes upholding the "legacy of Mother Teresa who showed god's love in word and deed... and to follow the command of Jesus Christ who called us to be 'the salt of the earth' and 'the light of the world'." Its board of directors includes only two Indians, both Christians: Mr Joseph D'Souza and Mr Kumar Swamy. The rest are white Americans, namely, Ms Melody Divine, a former adviser to anti-Hindu Arizona Congressman Trent Franks; Mr Peter Dance; Mr Bob Beltz, Ms Nanci Ricks, Mr Richard Sweeney, Mr Cliff Young, Mr Ken Heulitt and Mr Gene Kissinger (chairman).

The DSF-USA is run by the Rector of St Alban's Church, Oakland , New Jersey. 

It works closely with Christian Aid, which sent a fax to the California State Board of Education (SBE) from the Church premises, but tries to conceal the fact that it is a proselytising group. Mr Lars Martin Fosse, a signatory of Prof Witzel's letter to the SBE, appealed to Mr John Dayal of the All-India Christian Council for assistance in their fight with the Hindu community that is demanding proper representation of its faith in American textbooks. Sure enough, DFN and DSF-USA jumped into the fray.

(source: 'Dalit' twist to textbook row - By Sandhya Jain - dailypioneer.com - July 27th - columnists).

Stereotyping Hinduism as backward and violent religion

Dave Freedholm has written in his article:

"In American textbooks, Hinduism is not afforded the same balanced and nuanced treatment with regard to women's issues given to Christianity and Islam. In contrast, the oppression and mistreatment of women in Christian and Islamic societies are either ignored or seen as against the true ideals of Christianity and Islam. Feminist scholarship and theology are given wide play in the chapters on Christianity and Islam, but Fisher is silent about feminism in Hindu thought. All of this leaves a very negative impression of Hinduism vis a vis the other religions. It also can, unintentionally perhaps, further stereotypes of what is seen as a backward and violent Hinduism in contrast to a more progressive and liberated West. "

(source: Women and Hinduism in U.S. Textbooks – By Dave Freedholm - sulekha.com). Refer to Victims of Christian Faith and Christianity's Criminal History - By Karlheinz Deschner.

Refer to Christianity Versus Women  by Julia Hernandez and Al Seckel - Martin Luther  wrote: "God created Adam Lord of all living creatures, but Eve spoiled it all. Women  should remain at home, sit still, keep house and bear children. And if a woman  grows weary and, at last, dies from childbearing, it matters not.  Let her die from bearing; she is there to do it." [9, p. 923]. Refer to Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress - By Howard Zinn. 

Watch Sex crimes and the Vatican - videogoogle.com.

Michael Witzel: rattled rat at IIC  - By Bhagwan Singh

I was really sorry for Prof. Michael Witzel. After all, he was our honoured guest! Dr. Singh should not have pounced on him so mercilessly, playing the cat and the rat game – the cat looking ascetically resigned tossing the rat, the rat pretending to be dead, breathlessly looking from the corner of his eye to judge the cat’s next move, running for his life, only to be pounced upon and tossed up again. The Chair kept smiling all through at this plight of the powerful brainy Harvard Professor of Sanskrit!

Witzel painted Rgvedic society as nomadic pastoralist, illiterate and with little interest in agriculture and sedentary life. There was virtually nothing in his speech that was not lifted from nineteenth century archives. He showed no awareness of recent researches in archaeology, anthropology, literature or historical linguistics, and presented even Kuiper with his pathological distortions.

- The problem with you, Professor, is that you are not familiar with the content of Book IV even. Hymn 57 of Book IV gives a graphic depiction of advanced agriculture, with a plough almost similar to the one that was common in India up to the mid-twentieth century, drawn by a pair of bullocks and driven by a ploughman in service. And in one of the Rics, the poet talks of milking the earth as a cow, year after year. It testifies to advanced agricultural activities with sedentary population and belies the myth of nomadism, pastoralism, and barbarity. The Chair could not hold her laughter; Witzel shook in dismay.

(source: Michael Witzel: rattled rat at IIC  - By Bhagwan Singh - vijayvaani.com).

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Oppose creationism

Although today's scientists do not consider philology to be a legitimate science, believers in the literal interpretation of the Bible insist on using philology to promote their views. One such view, which has been repeatedly discredited by science, but is still being pushed for inclusion in California's textbooks without mentioning its biblical aspects, is a theory known as the Aryan Migration Theory.

According to this theory, descendents of the Biblical character Japheth invaded India after the deluge and populated it. Inclusion of this theory in school textbooks would indirectly give sanction to creationism and open the doors for future frontal assaults on science. 

A recent paper co-authored by Peter Underhill in our Genetics Department analyzed genetic evidence and concluded that there is no such thing as Aryan migration into India. This is consistent with evidence from other fields such as carbon dating, fossil studies, archaeology, geophysics, linguistics, metallurgy, and satellite imaging. 

However, in a letter to the California State Board of Education, Vinay Lal – a humanities professor at UCLA and believer in philology – dismisses such scientific conclusions as "palpable falsehoods" and "alleged evidence of some unknown geneticist." He avers that science has no role to play in overturning "the long established view on this matter."

(source:
Oppose creationism - By J. Sreedhar - The Stanford Daily February 17 2006, Page 4). Refer to Aryan Invasion Fantasy. For more on Prof. Vinay Lal refer to http://www.uclaprofs.com/profs/lal.html 

(Note: During the eighteenth and nineteenth century the Biblical statement that "God shall enlarge Japheth" (Genesis 9:27) was used by some Christians as a justification for the "enlargement" of European territories through Imperialism, which was interpreted as part of God's plan for the world. The subjugation of Africans was likewise justified by the curse of Ham). Refer to A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom - By Andrew Dickinson White - umich.edu. 

Watch The Bible is Bullshit - Penn & Teller examine the Bible

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How Does California Teach about Hinduism?
Manufactured ignorance of Hinduism

Vamsee Juluri professor Media Studies at the University of San Francisco has protested against this portrayal of Hinduism in CA textbooks, he writes:

"I am an academic, but I feel the moral obligation to line up with the outraged parents and demand a change in the textbooks for California middle-school students. This manufactured ignorance of Hinduism and Indian culture has not only hurt the feelings of immigrant children, but has also had a geopolitical cost for the United States by delaying what should have been a natural alliance between the two secular democracies.

That alliance has finally begun to flower, with President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's historic nuclear agreement.

First, there is a problem with the California textbooks defining Hinduism as the religion of caste and gender discrimination. This has been opposed by the Hindu community for a number of reasons, including fairness (other religions are not defined largely by their faults) and, of course, accuracy. 

Many textbooks, even in India, talk about Hinduism as the religion of "Aryan invaders." The critiques and counter critiques of this are complex, but what is relevant here is that no one ever dwells on this "Aryan" origin in their religion, their prayers or their religious practices.

Third, the dismissal in some of these textbooks of Hindu "myths" is plainly insulting. If Hindus think about Elephant Gods writing epics and Monkey Gods leaping over oceans, they are neither ignorant nor are merely celebrating their "stories." For devout Hindus, these are not characters from a fairy tale; these are the Gods (and "Gods" does not deny the fact that Hindus also think of "God" in the singular)."

 

    

Katherine Mayo, author of Mother India and Mahatma Gandhi.

Katherine Mayo (1867-1940 ) was ardently Anglophile and believed in Rudyard Kipling's doctrine of the White Man's Burden. Behind much of her advocacy, however, lay her own preoccupations with Anglo-Saxon racial superiority.

This kind of portrayal will always be negative at best. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, when he labeled the book," Mother India." by Katherine Mayo (published in 1927), as "Drain Inspector's Report" and a calculated smear on India's face with malice pre-determined. Incidentally, Katherine Mayo, was no big fan of Mahatma Gandhi or Hinduism!  

Refer to What Every "Ugly American" Must Know about the "Civilized British - www.larouchepac.com.

Watch Sex crimes and the Vatican - videogoogle.com. Refer to Victims of Christian Faith and Christianity's Criminal History - By Karlheinz Deschner.  Watch An Invasion through Conversion - videoyahoo.com. Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful TruthRefer to Refuting Evolution in USA and Christian Fascism - By Carolyn Baker

Refer to Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America - By Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi Banerjee. Refer to The United States Government War Against the American Indian Movement - aimovment.org and The Covert War Against Native Americans - by Ward Churchill. Also refer to Ancient Struggle Continues, Scholars Remain Clueless - By Vrndavan Parker and Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress - By Howard Zinn Refer to Swamy's wake-up call to Hindus - newstodaynet.com.  Also refer to The Destruction of Black Civilization - By Prof. Chancellor James Williams. Refer to Christian hand behind the California school textbooks issue. Support California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials (CAPEEM)

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"The need to correct these mistakes is great because there has been a history of stereotyping and misrepresentation of Hinduism, from Katherine Mayo's vicious 1927 book "Mother India," (which Mohandas Gandhi, no foe of criticism, called a "drain-inspector's report," designed only to give a graphic description of the stench from open drains) to the 1984 "Indiana Jones" movie with its bizarre fantasies about Indian dining customs. Stereotypes such as these have kept India from being better understood in the United States, and perpetuating them is not in the interest of either nation."

(source: How Does California Teach about Hinduism? - By Vamsee Juluri - sfgate.com). For more on Katherine Mayo refer to chapter on Glimpses IIIWatch Sex crimes and the Vatican - videogoogle.com. Refer to Bigotry and Prejudice: the Depiction of Hinduism in the West - By Rajeev Srinivasan - rediff.com. Refer to World Conquering Creeds - By Dr. Koenraad Elst - chapter on Glimpses XVI

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Rewarding the Violent, Penalizing the Tolerant - By Ron Banerjee

California school textbooks, while treating other religions including Islam with respect, have for years been describing Hinduism in inaccurate and demeaning terms which border on hate literature. The well-known inequality between the genders within Islam are described as 'different roles for men and women', while Hinduism is projected as a faith where 'women were less important than men'. The 'caste system', which has effectively disappeared from modern India, is dwelled on in excessive length; with the implication that it is a common feature even today (nothing could be further from the truth). Hindu beliefs are described as 'myths' while stories from other religions are presented as facts.

Additionally, the discredited 'Aryan invasion' theory is presented as the definitive truth about India's history.

In the 1800s, German thinker Max Muller, whose teachings were forerunners of Nazi ideology, created this supremacist theory, which suggested that the Hindu faith was imposed on India by light-skinned Aryan invaders. It thus implied that Hindus were foreigners who had no right to inhabit India. British colonialists eagerly seized on this racist fantasy to justify their imperial rule. Invaders ruled India by creating hatred and divisions within various Hindu castes by exaggerating caste discrimination among Hindus. The goal was to justify British and other foreign rule by portraying Hinduism as unjust.

California school texts have drawn their teachings from this deep reservoir of hate. Despite the fact that other religions also discriminated based on class, race and gender, Hinduism was singled out in these books as being particularly complicit. When Islamic terrorists commit genocide, they are described in school texts as a misguided minority who do not represent the religion as a whole. Hindus apparently do not merit any such consideration: every age-old practice is re-hashed and misrepresented as evidence of the heinous nature of the religion itself.

A Germanic Harvard University professor of Sanskrit, Mike Witzel, who has aggressively promoted Aryan invasion theory, jumped into the fray. Mr. Witzel and a coalition of Communists and leftists, supposedly representing lower castes and 'disadvantaged groups', voiced their opposition to the edits. This motley crew included 'Friends of South Asia', whose website promotes an activist named 'Stalin K' and features leftist marches against American policy in Iraq.

Mr. Witzel made bizarre accusations, implying that these American Hindus were somehow connected to 'Hindu supremacist' political organizations in India.

(source: Rewarding the Violent, Penalizing the Tolerant - By Ron Banerjee - Ron Banerjee is the director of the Hindu Conference of Canada and a member of  Canadian Coalition for Democracies.  Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful Truth.  Refer to World Conquering Creeds - By Dr. Koenraad Elst - chapter on Glimpses XVI

Watch An Invasion through Conversion - videoyahoo.com and watch Jesus Camp movie and Film Shows Youths Training to Fight for Jesus - By Dan Harris - abcnews.com.  Refer to Refuting Evolution in USA and Christian Fascism - By Carolyn Baker .

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A Cartel of Elitist Academicians
And Sermons from the Sanctimonious West?

"God cannot alter the past, though historians can"  ~ Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902) English novelist "Prose Observations"

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In a country where just under half of all Americans believe the natural world was created in its present form by God in six days as described in Genesis and that the earth is only a few thousand years old, American academia and historians like Harvard Univesity professor Michael Witzel, Stanley Wolpert and their faithfu Indian  sepoys and chowkidars like Marxist historian Romila Thapar, professor Homi Bhabha, University of Michigan professor Madhav Deshpande, have the arrogance to claim that AIT is true.  

 

               

Harvard professor Michael Witzel, India's historian, Romilla Thapar and Prof. Homi Bhabha. Prof. Witzel and his Hindu-baiting Indian sepoys Madhav Despande, Rajesh Kochar avidly promote the Racist Aryan invasion theory. 

"Sepoys were Indians who worked for the British Empire as armed soldiers, and it was these sepoys and not white soldiers who fired most of the bullets against Indians." 

(source: Dialog on Whiteness Studies - By Rajiv Malhotra - sulekha.com).
 

Refer to Communist Historians: The Enemy Within – By Yvette Rosser. Refer to Romila Thapar’s Kluge Prize – By Dr. Gautam Sen - vigilonline.com. Refer to Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America - By Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi Banerjee. 

Support California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials (CAPEEM)

Watch Scientific verification of Vedic knowledge  

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891 - 1956) wrote: "The theory of invasion is an invention. The theory is perversion of scientific investigation."

India's past has been held hostage by Marxists in India and colonialist/racist scholars outside India. Prof. Witzel sneeringly has said: "Indian Civilization would be a good idea"

As the Aryan invasion version of history has begun to crumble, there are parties in Indian and Western academic circles that have a special interest in preserving it. Witzel represents a group of remaining colonialist scholars who are trying to hold on to their view of superior Aryan race.

"The war against Hindus is a media war, beginning in textbooks, but global in its scale." - says George Thundiparambil.  Refer to Swamy's wake-up call to Hindus - newstodaynet.com. 

Refer to Christian hand behind the California school textbooks issue

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In a country where the biggest shelf presence in a bookstore, the Left Behind series of novels by "prophecy scholar" Tim LaHaye with Jerry B Jenkins crusade against science in modern America, US historians have the gall telling the world that the racist AIT theory is true.  (Refer to More evangelicals turning up in elite circles, schools - By Laurie Goodstein and David D. Kirkpatrick - The New York Times/May 22, 2005. Watch Jesus Camp movie. Also Refer to Most Americans take Bible stories literally - An ABC News poll released Sunday found that 61 percent of Americans believe the account of creation in the Bible's book of Genesis is "literally true" rather than a story meant as a "lesson."). Refer to Refuting Evolution in USA and Christian Fascism - By Carolyn Baker .

Swami Vivekananda, Aurobindo Ghosh and Dadabhai Naoroji and B R Ambedkar did not have appetite for racial theories, because, as Dadabhai Naoroji put it, they were unrealistic and often used to prove the inferiority of Asians. Much like the African model - the stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe was considered to be a work from people outside Africa.  M Posnansky (1982) refers to “the notion that what was advanced in Africa’s past was the work of outside invaders, merchants or metal workers. 

 

         

Swami Vivekananda, Aurobindo Ghosh and Dadabhai Naoroji and B R Ambedkar did not have appetite for racial theories, because, as Naoroji put it, they were unrealistic and often used to prove the inferiority of Asians. Much like the African model - the ruins of Great Zimbabwe was considered to be a work from people outside Africa. 

Although the Aryan invasion theory was opposed by prominent historians like Ramesh Chandra Mazumdar and archeologists like Rakhaldas Banerjee and S.P.Gupta, the pro-British historians of India like Romila Thapar so far have disregarded all arguments against this theory.

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For more on Christian Fundamentalism Agenda in USA, refer to:

More evangelicals turning up in elite circles, schools - By Laurie Goodstein and David D. Kirkpatrick and A conflict between science and God - By Martin Kettle - Guardian and Quotes from The American Taliban and Christian Fundamentalists to Push Bible as Classroom "Knowledge" and Bush, the Neocons and Evangelical Christian Fiction: America "Left Behind" - By Hugh Urban and The Christian Right, Dominionism, and Theocracy - publiceye.org. and Dinosaurs, evangelicals and the state - By Justin Webb - BBC. and Cornell President Says "Intelligent Design" Religion, Not Science and American Fundamentalists and Religion in America’s Public Square: Are We Crossing the Line? - By Abraham H. Foxman  ADL National Commission Meeting and Intelligent designers are out to Christianize America and Religious Right targets Gays and The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party and Christian Supremacy: Pushing the Dhimmitude of Non-Christians in America and Insults to the Mahatma, ignored by India - rediff.com.

Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful Truth Refer to World Conquering Creeds - By Dr. Koenraad Elst - chapter on Glimpses XVI and watch watch Jesus Camp movie and Film Shows Youths Training to Fight for Jesus - By Dan Harris - abcnews.com

Also refer to Battlefield Earth - By Bill Moyers and The Godly Must Be Crazy - By Glen Scherer and Rapture or Rupture? - By Bryan Zepp Jamieson. Refer to The Republican War on Science - By Chris Mooney and Resurgence Of Religious Right Among Top Concerns - totallyjewish.com and The Crusaders: Christian evangelicals are plotting to remake America in their own image - By Bob Moser - rollingstone.com and Dominionist. Refer to As America declines, the Bible thumpers take hold - By Ramesh Rao - indiareacts.com and How the Dominionists Are Succeeding in Their Quest for National Control and World Power - yuricareport.com.  America is a religion - By George Monbiot - guardian.co.uk. and Christianize America. Refer to Jesus Christ: Artifice for Aggression - By Sita Ram Goel and Meet the Religious Right. Refer to America's Moral Decline and the Rise of False Christianity - by Karen Horst Cobb - Evangelical Christians are organizing and conspiring to manipulate governments to use weapons if necessary to kill some of God’s children so that prime real estate goes to people whom they believe God likes best.

Refer to California Curriculum Commission Accepts Most Hindu Changes to Sixth Grade Textbooks - hinduismtoday.com and Hating Hindus in a 'Scholarly' Way - By Vishal Agarwal and Sanskrit dept in disarray, students, officials say.

Refer to Hindus and Sikhs Protest Curriculum Changes in Calif. Textbooks and Thus Spake Professor Michael Witzel - A Harvard University Case Study in Prejudice? and Gunga Din Comes to Michigan - By S Kalyanaraman and Posting by Dr Steven Farmer and Hindus fight discrimination in California textbooks – 1 – By Kalavi Venkat and Hindu American Foundation Writes California School Board on Text Book Treatment of Hinduism and Saffronisation reaches US shores - By S Rajagopalan - hindustantimes and Article in the Communist Party of India (Marxist) - by Nalini Taneja and Communist party of India and Indian Identity in American Schools - By C. Alex Alexander Refer to Eminent Historians: Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud is a book by Arun Shourie. Refer to Petty Professorial Politicking in The Indo-Aryan Controversy - By Koenraad Elst. For more on Communist History of India refer to chapter on Glimpses XIV. Alsor refer to The story behind Witzel's plunge into California school politics.  For more on Professor Witzel refer to http://www.vigilonline.com/downloads/Dossier_on_Witzel.pdf.  For some humor refer to Indology Researchers' Fan Club

Refer to The Aryan Myth: A History of Racist and Nationalistic Ideas in Europe - By Leon Poliakov and Indian Identity in American Schools - By C. Alex Alexander and Refer to The United States Government War Against the American Indian Movement - aimovment.org and The Covert War Against Native Americans - by Ward Churchill. Also refer to Ancient Struggle Continues, Scholars Remain Clueless - By Vrndavan Parker

Refer to Why this war on Hinduism? - By George Thundiparambil and Hating Hindus in a 'Scholarly' Way - By Vishal Agarwal and Bigotry and Prejudice: the Depiction of Hinduism in the West - By Rajeev Srinivasan - rediff.com and Endemic discrimination against Hindus - By Rajeev Srinivasan. Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful Truth.

For more on Western Biased Scholarship, refer to chapter on First Indologists and European Imperialism and Eminent Historians: Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud and Support Dr. Koenraad Elst for the Kluge Chair

Refer to Michael Witzel and pals to target BBC next after CA textbook debacle and Aryan Invasion Theory and Christian Supremacism in Academia - By Arvind Kumar and Witzel's vanishing ocean and Scholarship of Equine Posteriors– Har(vard)appa Style – By Narayanan Komerath and Harvard professor launches anti-Hindu Crusade - india-forum.com and Aryan Tourist Theory (TM) - By Dr. S. Kalyanaraman and Sanskrit Dept. in Disarray, Students, Officials Say - By Jonathan A Lewin - the harvardcrimson.com and Harvard claims that its seals mean nothing and Who are the real experts? 

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Bigotry and Prejudice: the Depiction of Hinduism in the West - By Rajeev Srinivasan - rediff.com. For the past few months, an obscure debate has been raging on about California school textbooks, which actually boils down to a vexed and important issue: 

Do Hindus have the right to be treated as equals with followers of other religions, or are Hindus and Hinduism to be deemed, ipso facto, inferior and objects of scorn?  
 

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Biblicists target Hindus
Fascism comes to America?

Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951) was an American novelist and playwright. In 1930 he became the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. His works are known for their insightful and critical views of American society and capitalist values. 

He has observed that:

"When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the Flag, carrying a Cross." 

Watch An Invasion through Conversion - videoyahoo.com.  Refer to The United States Government War Against the American Indian Movement - aimovment.org and The Covert War Against Native Americans - by Ward Churchill. Also refer to Ancient Struggle Continues, Scholars Remain Clueless - By Vrndavan Parker. Refer to A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom - By Andrew Dickinson White - umich.edu. Watch Sex crimes and the Vatican - videogoogle.com.  Refer to Refuting Evolution in USA and Christian Fascism - By Carolyn Baker .

Refer to Victims of Christian Faith and Christianity's Criminal History - By Karlheinz Deschner.Refer to Communist Historians: The Enemy Within – By Yvette Rosser.

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Unknown to most Indians, the raging controversy over the California school textbooks being challenged by Hindu American parents is rooted in the staunch commitment of certain academics to the Biblical version of Creation. 

Herr Michael Witzel, whose professional reputation is linked to the Aryan Invasion Theory, which derives from a Biblical perspective, denies the decisive scientific evidence to the contrary. 

His devotee, Mr Steve Farmer, is equally convinced that "Genesis 1:28 contains god's words".

Mr James Heitzman, the 'expert' secretly hired by the State Board of Education (SBE), has famously claimed that the non-decay of Francis Xavier's body is a true miracle. Mr Stanley Wolpert, another expert, insists the Aryan Invasion happened even though there is no proof for it. 

It will be surprising if Harvard University, which made president Larry Summers step down for his controversial opinions, retains Herr Witzel on its rolls for long. Not only is he a Creationist; he reportedly teaches his doctoral students the Sanskrit alphabet! Does Harvard teach the English alphabet to doctoral candidates in English? A decade ago, Herr Witzel's Sanskrit Department was mired in a lawsuit, and it seems matters have hardly improved since. Professional worries could explain why his friends have launched a mis-information blitzkrieg about the Hindu American Foundation lawsuit against SBE, when hearings have not even begun.

Prof Witzel's claim that his letter of December 7, 2005 to the California Department of Education (CDE), which checkmated the reasonable corrections sought by Hindu parents in the schoolbooks, was signed by "world specialists on ancient India - reflecting mainstream academic opinion," does not stand scrutiny. Far from being "world specialists," many signatories are not academics at all; many are linguists (the dubious discipline on which the Aryan Invasion rests) or Sanskrit professors, rather than historians or archaeologists with expertise on India. Many are Marxists; others have controversial theories about South Asia. 

To begin with, Prof Witzel himself teaches Sanskrit and is no expert on ancient Indian History or Hindu dharma. He clearly lacks the credentials to determine how Hindu children should be taught their religion and history in a manner that does not demoralise them. Mr Steve Farmer's theories regarding Harappan scripts have been discredited by academics, including JM Kenoyer and Asko Parpola, who signed Witzel's appeal. The famous Marxist ideologue, Ms Romila Thapar, is an 'expert' on ancient India with poor knowledge of Indian classical languages, including Sanskrit.

Mr S Palaniappan holds a PhD in Engineering and works for a company in Houston! Prof Homi Bhabha teaches English and American Literature and Language. Prof Madhav Deshpande and Ms Patricia Donegan teach Linguistics; Dr Garrett Fagan teaches Roman History and Ms Joanna Kirkpatrick has done work on Anthropology, folk art and gender studies. Then, Prof Hideaki Nakatani teaches Philosophy in Tokyo; Ms Sudha Shenoy Business and Law in Australia; Mr Lars Martin Fosse was a commercial translator; and Prof Wim van Binsbergen teaches African History at Leiden. Prof. Rajesh Kochhar did his Ph D in Astrophysics and worked for 25 years (1974-1999) at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore; Mr Dominik Wujastyk taught in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Dr JM Kenoyer teaches Anthropology and Prof Maurizio Tosi teaches Archaeology in Italy.  

 

The Churning of the Milky Ocean.

This has the effect of officially promoting a Judeo-Christian conception of Divinity to the exclusion of other perspectives, with the result that the Hindu faith is projected in a negative manner as compared to other religions. 

Refer to Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America - By Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi Banerjee

Support California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials (CAPEEM)

Watch video - The Myth of Aryan invasion theory - Part I and Part II and Part III and Myth of Aryan Dravidian Divide and Dwaraka - A Lost City of Lord Sri KrishnaWatch Scientific verification of Vedic knowledge

Refer to A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom - By Andrew Dickinson White - umich.edu.

Refer to Swamy's wake-up call to Hindus - newstodaynet.com and Communist Historians: The Enemy Within – By Yvette Rosser.

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This worldwide signature campaign is not about sixth-grade textbooks. It is an issue of Hindu dignity and civil rights everywhere in the world; hence the decision of the California Parents for the Equalisation of Educational Materials (CAPEEM) to file a Federal lawsuit is remarkably bold and correct. Victory here will drastically curtail the Hindu-baiting industry in the West, with a trickle-down effect in India. This is the first time a Hindu community has filed a lawsuit against a state agency (California State Board of Education and California Department of Education) for violation of its civil rights, and against discrimination, defamation and mistreatment of their religion and people.

This has the effect of officially promoting a Judeo-Christian conception of Divinity to the exclusion of other perspectives, with the result that the Hindu faith is projected in a negative manner as compared to other religions. This deprives Hindu students of an educational experience at par with that of their peers, and thus violates their rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.

(source: Biblicists target Hindus - By Sandhya Jain  Edit page – May 2 06). For more refer to the chapter on Aryan Invasion Theory. Also refer to The Rapture of America - By Mark Biskeborn - intervention magazine.com and American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century - By Kevin Phillips.  Refer to Extremism in America Refer to Refuting Evolution in USA and Christian Fascism - By Carolyn Baker .

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HAF wins lawsuit, but contentious textbooks retained

Sacramento, Ca (Sep. 1, 2006) - The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) prevailed today in its legal action on behalf of Hindu parents from California against the California School Board of Education (SBE). But in a mixed ruling, the demand by HAF that the SBE be required to throw out the currently approved textbooks and revisit the entire textbook adoption process was denied. This success was in spite of the efforts of a subsection of non-Hindu academics historically antagonistic to practitioners of Hinduism, and a coalition of Indian communist and anti-Hindu groups.

(source: HAF wins lawsuit, but contentious textbooks retained - HAF). Watch Jesus Camp movie.

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Edward Said (1935 - 2003)  author of Orientalism, has noted that the:

"US academy had taken over the Orientalist mantle from the Europeans after World War II and the "area specialist," he noted, "lays claims to regional expertise, which is put at the service of government or business or both."

"For too long, many have donned the cloak of “academic freedom” as a tool to deconstruct and debase Hindu perceptions of God and Truth, the scriptural bases of their interpretations and the heroes Hindus worship."  

"The positivism of Western research appears itself as an ideology of domination; philology is a symptom of the Western sill to power. There is an unmistakable aura of power about the philologist.” 

(source: Hindu American foundation and Tradition and Reflection: Explorations in Indian Thought - By Wilhelm Halbfass  p. 1 - 12). Refer to chapter on European Imperialism.    Refer to World Conquering Creeds - By Dr. Koenraad Elst - chapter on Glimpses XVI

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Political activism of 'scholars' or Racism?

"Hindus in this sense are like Jews before holocaust. It took 6 million Jewish lives and 2000 years of diaspora to make Jews realize the real impact of negative stereotypes. "

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Boorish comments denigrating India, Hindus and Hinduism by a self-proclaimed 'Indologist' who is on the faculty of Harvard University has unleashed a fierce debate over the increasing political activism of 'scholars' who teach at this prestigious American university.  

Known for aggressively pushing theories forged by Left historians of the Romila Thapar genre that have been long discredited through scientific means, including DNA studies, this 'linguist' is known for promoting himself as a 'historian' in academic circles. His proximity to Left historians in India is no secret. 

Such is Prof Witzel's contempt for Indians who live and work in the US that he has not minced words running them down as an ethnic group. On one occasion, he declared: "Hindus in the US are lost or abandoned people."

For years, Indian parents, who form a sizeable number in California, had been seeking the removal of such references in the State's textbooks. For instance, one textbook described Goddess Kali as "bloodthirsty". The section on Ramayana and Hanuman urged students to look around the classroom and see if there was a monkey among them. Another described Hinduism as a religion that teaches women are inferior. The most offensive and inaccurate reference was to the 'Aryan invasion' theory that has now been junked by historians across the world. While talking of this theory, the texts spoke of tall, blue-eyed Aryans invading India and contrasted them with 'curly-haired, snub-nosed Dravidians'.

Dr Stan T Metzenberg, a California biologist, rejected Prof Witzel's insistence that the 'Aryan invasion' theory should be retained, by citing scientific evidence. 

"I've read the DNA research and there was no Aryan migration," he retorted, adding, "I believe the hard evidence of DNA more than I believe historians."

Witzel rallied the support of some other Left historians and scholars - they described themselves as 'a panel of international experts on India and Hinduism' - to launch a virulent campaign against parents pushing for change in curriculum by branding them as "Hindutva brigade" and encouraged others to hurl scurrilous allegations against California's Hindus. 

(source: Harvard don denigrates Hindus - By Kanchan Gupta - dailypioneer.com  December 25 2005).  Refer to The Real Eve : Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa -  By Stephen Oppenheimer and Thus Spake Professor Michael Witzel - A Harvard University Case Study in Prejudice? and Bigotry and Prejudice: the Depiction of Hinduism in the West - By Rajeev Srinivasan - rediff.com and Endemic discrimination against Hindus - By Rajeev Srinivasan. For some humor For some humor For some humor refer to Indology Researchers' Fan Club  Support California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials (CAPEEM)

Watch Rapture Ready: The Christians United for Israel Tour Watch video

Refer to Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America - By Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi Banerjee.

Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful Truth. Refer to Refuting Evolution in USA and Christian Fascism - By Carolyn Baker . Refer to World Conquering Creeds - By Dr. Koenraad Elst - chapter on Glimpses XVI

Refer to Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing of Kashmiri Hindu Pandits - And the World Remained Silent - Movie http://www.jaia-bharati.org/films/and-the-world.mpg

Metzenberg, a molecular biologist, a professor at Northridge University in the California, states, "My opinion as a scientist, and what I recommended to my fellow commissioners on December 2, was that Aryan Invasion Theory is not easily supported by genetic evidence, and in fact the preponderance of more recent genetic evidence would tend to rule out a major invasion of Europeans. This is why I believe that it would be inaccurate to portray Aryan Invasion Theory as a fact in California textbooks. Our [the Commission's] addition of a qualified statement, 'Aryan invasion theory has been contradicted by some scholarly evidence,' is a sensible solution."

(source: California Textbook Lawsuit Moves Ahead in Court - hinduismtoday.com).  

Death throes of Aryan Invasion theory?
People in north and south India belong to the same gene pool:  ICHR Chairman 

Aryans came here 15,000 years before the Common Era does not hold water.

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests of blood samples from people in the Indian subcontinent have confirmed that the human race had its origins in Africa and not Europe or Central Asia as claimed by a few historians.

The test has classified the people in north and south India as belonging to one gene pool, and not different ethnic groups such as Aryans and Dravidians.

Giving the information to The Hindu here, Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research D. N. Tripathi said geneticists from Pakistan had collected samples for genetics analysis of the people of Indian subcontinent and sent them to cellular and molecular biology laboratories in the U.S. Scientists in Pakistan concluded from the test results that the human race spread out of Africa 60,000 years before Christ. They settled in the subcontinent. Geneticists in Pakistan concluded that people living in the northern and southern regions of India and those in the West Asian region were from the same gene pool, he added.

Asked about the argument of many historians tracing the lineage of people in north India to Aryans, Prof. Tripathi said test results had proved this wrong. "We have the results of studies. 

The conclusion of some historians that Aryans came here 15,000 years before Christ does not hold water," he added.

(source: People in north and south India belong to the same gene pool: ICHR Chairman - hindu.com). For more refer to chapter on Aryan Invasion Theory and First Indologists. Also refer to Indology Researchers’ fan club - http://irffanclub.blogspot.com

Modern Humans Lived in India Earlier Than Thought, Study Finds

Remains of stone tools found amid ash deposits in India from a volcanic eruption 74,000 years ago show that modern humans were living there earlier than scientists had previously thought, according to a study to be published in tomorrow's edition of the journal Science.

(source: Modern Humans Lived in India Earlier Than Thought, Study Finds - By Chris Dolmetsch - bloomberg.com July 5, 2007).
 

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Judge “troubled” by CA board of Education’s textbook adoption process
Unbalanced presentation of Hinduism

A motion for preliminary injunction filed by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) against the California State Board of Education (SBE) to stop the printing and distribution of several textbooks containing distortions and an unbalanced presentation of Hinduism was heard on April 21, 2006 in California Superior Court.

In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette stated that he was “troubled” by process followed by the SBE in adopting sixth grade social studies textbooks.

Judge Marlette requested that the Hindu groups and the SBE confer to, among other things, provide a schedule to resolve this case before the textbooks in question are distributed this fall. For that reason, Judge Marlette denied the injunction in favor of a schedule that will bring this case to a resolution before the school year.
“We are pleased that Judge Marlette agrees that the procedure followed thus far by the SBE in relation to Hindus is problematic,” said Suhag Shukla, Esq., legal counsel of HAF. “We are disappointed that the preliminary injunction was denied, but remain confident that we will prevail in our goal of providing California schoolchildren a fair and balanced depiction of Hinduism and intend to continue with the legal process to its completion.”

(source: Judge “troubled” by CA board of Education’s textbook adoption process - Hindu American Foundation).

Academic Hinduphobia?
A
form of psychological child abuse?

"According to European nationalism, other traditions and earlier ones were expressions of mythological beliefs only: Christianity was an expression of historical fact.  

To this day, the most threatening appositional phrase that an avowed Christian can be presented with is 'Christian Mythology.' To accept its validity is to shake the ground of her/his belief."

           -  Dr. Marimba Ani - active organizer in the Afrikan Community.

Author of  YURUGU: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior Africa World Press. Sixth reprint 1996.p. 141.  Watch The Bible is Bullshit - Penn & Teller examine the Bible

Refer to Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America - By Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi Banerjee.

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Rajiv Malhotra (  )  After studying in Delhi's St. Columba's High School and then St. Stephen's College, Rajiv arrived in the US in 1971 to study Physics and Computer Science. His corporate careers and business entrepreneurship included the computer, software and telecom industries. He now spends full time with The Infinity Foundation, a non-profit organization in Princeton, New Jersey. 

He has written about the textbook controversy as: 

"The sixth-grade classroom in America has become the battle ground for geo-politically charged fights where the anti-Hindu biases of the academicians are ruling the roost. Is the sixth-grade classroom the right place to prosecute an American minority culture or a foreign nation?

"The recent California Department of Education’s hearings on sixth-grade textbook portrayals of religions and cultures have triggered conflicts between the Hindu Diaspora and a group of academicians claiming to be “the experts” on Hinduism. Every religion has good sides and bad sides, its “enemies” and its “victims.” However, eleven-year olds are too young and naïve, and most of their teachers are too ignorant, to be subject to incoherent scholarly controversies on foreign politics. Most sixth graders are unlikely to study these religions ever again in their lives. Hence, the impressions created by these textbooks will have a lasting effect in shaping the future of American society.    

For instance, the textbooks say that Hinduism considers women to be inferior to men, but ignore biases against women in Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

American academicians who are known for their Hinduphobia have launched a vicious attack. They rallied instant support from many Indian academicians to do the dirty work, in a manner similar to the way in which British colonizers used Indian sepoys to shoot at their fellow Indians. Interestingly, most of the academicians who joined are not experts in the academic field of religion, and are not even members of the Hinduism Unit of the American Academy of Religion, which is the official academic body of Hinduism Studies. 

The attack has relied upon maligning Hindu groups and branding them as “fascists,” “extremists,” “fundamentalists,” “chauvinists,” etc. The attackers allege links between overseas violence and Hindu Americans, and use sensationalized warnings that accepting the Hindus on par with the Islamic and Christian groups would encourage international terrorism.

The academicians fighting the Hindu Diaspora frantically arranged to fly in witnesses from far away places to testify about the horrors of Hinduism, while no similar witnesses were summoned to testify against the horrors of Islam, Christianity or Judaism.- such as, for example, Kashmiri Pandits, Hindus raped in Pakistan, Muslim women complaining against forced burqas, or the innocent children who have been victims of pedophile Christian priests. - (Refer to Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis - By Philip Jenkins). Refer to Women's Inferior Status in the Bible. Refer to Gay Bashing in the Bible - "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." Leviticus 20:13. 

Watch Sex crimes and the Vatican - videogoogle.com.  Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful Truth. Refer to Refuting Evolution in USA and Christian Fascism - By Carolyn Baker .

Watch Hand of God movie: A must-see film on church sex scandal - pbs.org - New Hampshire Public TV on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 at 10 p.m.

Only in the case of Hinduism was the politics from the mother country dragged into the California proceedings. What they overlooked is that Hinduism is a world religion with followers in many parts of the planet besides India. India’s social-political problems do not reflect on the second-generation Indian Americans, the millions of Euro-Americans practicing yoga/meditation who claim Hindu or quasi-Hindu identities, or on millions of overseas Hindus living elsewhere. The scholars failed to decouple Hinduism from Indian politics, while no other religion got coupled to geopolitics.  

The table below compares how California textbooks treat Hinduism and other major religions.  .

 

How religions are treated  in California textbooks

 

 

 

 

 

Topic

I

J

C

H

 

Women are shown equal to men?

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Oppression of certain groups is discussed?

No

No

No

Yes

Beliefs are considered as historical fact?

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Own leaders’ interpretations are emphasized?

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Treated as a world religion without social/political issues of any foreign country?

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

 

I: Islam J: Judaism C: Christianity H: Hinduism



California’s official educational standards
contain specific policies on this, which assert, 

“No religious belief or practice may be held up to ridicule and no religious group may be portrayed as inferior,”   and that,   

"Textbooks should instill a sense of pride in every child in his or her heritage."  

As the above table demonstrates, the textbooks do not comply with the California standards in the case of Hinduism.   

Among these California children, less than one percent will pursue careers as Christian evangelists slandering Hindus to convert, or as US government officials using “human rights” as a weapon to gain leverage against India. For this tiny number of potential specialists, there will be other opportunities in higher studies to embark upon a comprehensive study of India’s positive and negative social qualities. 

The political activism of a cartel of elitist academicians is invading the psyche of innocent children: It harasses the Indian students in class, making them feel embarrassed and ashamed of their ancestry. Challenging history is one thing, but intentionally undermining self-respect at an impressionable age is a form of psychological child abuse.

(source: Academic Hinduphobia - By Rajiv Malhotra and Vidhi Jhunjhunwala - outlookindia.com). For more refer to chapter on First Indologists, European Imperialism, Women in Hinduism and Conversion. Refer to Refuting Evolution in USA and Christian Fascism - By Carolyn Baker . Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful Truth Refer to World Conquering Creeds - By Dr. Koenraad Elst - chapter on Glimpses XVI

Watch Sex crimes and the Vatican - videogoogle.com.  Watch An Invasion through Conversion - videoyahoo.com

Hinduism treated unequally in California textbooks

Some scholars are implementing the agendas of Christian evangelists in India, Communist Party of India, and funding agencies linked to the US government and/or its “human rights” proxy agencies. These scholars seek credibility in the eyes of peers and the mainstream, well-funded Western agencies that can make or break careers. Their personal stakes include grants, tenure, prestigious projects and official committees. Hence, there is no significant “home team” representing Indian culture in the academy in the same manner as other major cultures and religions are represented. 

(source: Hinduism treated unequally in California textbooks - By Rajiv Malhotra - littleindia.com).

White Supremacy and Human Rights

The invisibility of white supremacy masks how violence and the threat of violence guarantee its durability.

White people assert their moral right to use violent force whenever their group interests are threatened. People of color have no equivalent moral right to defend themselves against European aggression, especially when such aggression is done in the name of "law and order" [and nowadays, in the name of "human rights."]

This paradoxical belief has been a powerful weapon with which to steal and exploit land and other natural resources, to defend slavery and racism, to condemn lesbians and gays, and to deride all who are not Christian. Those who are not white or Christian are expected, at best to merge into the dominant culture and political system, or worst, to remain invisible and not to challenge white Christian hegemony.

(source: Dialog on Whiteness Studies - By Rajiv Malhotra - sulekha.com).

Historical Accuracy?
Political lobbyist or Scholar?

Prof. Witzel asked California schools to uphold historical accuracy (?) on Hinduism in textbooks - says Lulu Zhou  

“It’s a social system, so linking the caste system to Hinduism is the same thing as linking slavery to Christianity, which doesn’t happen,” said Janeshwari Devi, VF’s director of programs. “People opposing our edits are not practicing Hindus so they don’t understand what Hinduism is—they’re looking at it from a scholarly perspective, and we’re looking at it from the point of practitioners.”

(source: After Letter, Prof Gets Hate E-mail - By Lulu Zhou - crimson.com).  Refer to Are Brahmins the Dalits of today? - By Francois Gautier - rediff.com).

(Note:  Perhaps Prof. Witzel in his infinite wisdom should ponder on why is there no historical accuracy when it comes to Christianity and Islam?  

Example, Slavery in the Bible and The Inquisition in Goa, The Holocaust, The Women's Holocaust - The Witch Trails in Salem, MA. Colonization by Western Powers etc...). Also refer to Hate group numbers top 800 in USA - Southern Poverty Law Center. Refer to Gay Bashing in the Bible - "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." Leviticus 20:13.

Academic Desperation?
An American Ivy League Professor of Sanskrit Bashes Hindus in Pakistan Newspaper?

Bizarre accusations against American Hindus?

The combined efforts against the attempts by Hindutva groups to distort California’s textbooks have resulted in a crushing defeat of these obscurantist views. After a long struggle, historical accuracy (?) and a balanced depiction of life in ancient India has prevailed, not the sugar-coated version of a hoary, mythical Golden Age that never was.

(source: Defeat for Hindutva revisionists - By Michael Witzel - dawn.com). For more refer to Slavery in the Bible and Refer to Pakistan: A curriculum of hatred - jihadwatch.org and Textbook case of radicalism - By Wilson John and Abuse of History in Pakistan: Bangladesh to Kargil and  Pakistani Studies Textbooks Can Cause Cognitive Dissonance in Students - By Yvette Rosser.Also refer to Hate group numbers top 800 in USA - Southern Poverty Law Center.

Refer to Bigotry and Prejudice: the Depiction of Hinduism in the West - By Rajeev Srinivasan - rediff.com.

Witzel takes his Aryan Invasion to Pakistan

Michael Witzel and a small group of his followers, mainly Europeans and the usual Indian hangers-on like Romila Thapar, are almost the last holdouts for the foreign origin theory of the Vedas and Sanskrit as products of the Aryan invasion. Their academic reputation, what is left of it, rests on the survival of their Aryan theories.

Though largely ignored by the Indian media, two major developments have sounded the death knell of the Aryan invasion theory. These are: (1) genetic evidence showing that the Indian population is almost entirely indigenous with negligible input from outsiders going back to the last Ice Age (more than 10,000 years); and (2) British admission that the Aryan invasion theory was concocted to serve imperial interests, because, “it gave a historical precedent to justify the role and status of the British Raj, who could argue that they were transforming India for the better in the same way that the Aryans had done thousands of years earlier.”

Disgraced at Harvard

It is obvious that these revelations are devastating to Witzel’s academic reputation. This goes to explain his desperate lobbying in California schools, begging education authorities to keep his Aryan theories in the books. He made several trips, spending hours waiting in the outer offices of California bureaucrats and arguing with his opponents. This is not the kind of undignified behavior that one expects from an elderly professor at a prestigious university like Harvard. 

His failure to attract money in America is what seems to have sent Witzel to Pakistan looking for business as an anti-Hindu lobbyist. In the March 12 issue of the Karachi newspaper Dawn (Internet edition), Witzel proudly proclaimed Defeat for Hindutva revisionists, thanks to his lobbying efforts in California.

The interesting thing about this advertisement masquerading as an article on education is Witzel’s identification of himself as “Professor of South Asia Studies at Harvard.” This conceals his real position as Professor of Sanskrit. He no doubt sensed that Sanskrit is closely associated with Hindu religion and culture. “South Asia Studies” may sell better than Sanskrit in Pakistan.

(source:
Witzel takes his Aryan Invasion to Pakistan - By N S Rajaram). 

Refer to Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing of Kashmiri Hindu Pandits - And the World Remained Silent - Movie http://www.jaia-bharati.org/films/and-the-world.mpg

 

Lord Vishnu - bronze.

Refer to Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America - By Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi Banerjee.

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Hindu groups sue California Board of Education

The Hindu American Foundation on Friday filed a lawsuit against the California State Board of Education in California Superior Court in Sacramento for alleged failure to follow a fair and open process in adopting changes in 6th grade history textbooks.  

"Today Hindu Americans have taken a stand against not only the illegal machinations of the SBE and unfair treatment Hindus received during the textbook adoption process, but also the inaccurate and unequal portrayal of their religious tradition in school textbooks," said Nikhil Joshi, Esq., member of the HAF Board of Directors. "This is about treating Hindus in America and their religion with the same level of sensitivity and balance afforded to other religious traditions and their practitioners," continued Joshi.

The HAF complaint alleges among others that the SBE violated the law when it approved textbooks for sixth grade history-social science that tend to 'demean, stereotype, and reflect adversely' upon Hindus and portray Hinduism as undesirable and holds Hindu beliefs and practices up to ridicule or as inferior.

(source: Hindu groups sue California Board of Education - rediff.com). Watch Sex crimes and the Vatican - videogoogle.com. 

 

 

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