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Dr. Audrey Truschke Retweeted ·  
Hot off the presses! Cal State board of trustees just voted unanimously to ratify the @CFA_United collective bargaining agreement. We respect so much the shared solidarity today and saw more than ever how caste equity is a worker's and students’ right!
 
This afternoon, I attended (virtually) a meeting of the California state university board of trustees.

So many spoke well about the recent addition of caste as a protected category.

Seeing students speak -- bravely and compellingly -- was a particular treat. Thank you. #JaiBhim
 
This afternoon, I attended (virtually) a meeting of the California state university board of trustees.

So many spoke well about the recent addition of caste as a protected category.

Seeing students speak -- bravely and compellingly -- was a particular treat. Thank you. #JaiBhim
 
Replugging this in light of recent events -- 3 full paragraphs are about the Hindu American Foundation and their links with other Hindu nationalist (or Hindutva) groups:

bridge.georgetown.edu/research/facts… #Hindutva
Factsheet: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) - Bridge Initiative
bridge.georgetown.edu
 
Wonderful people -- join us!

(Trolls and harassers, you can skip this one... really, do miss it... please)
Register now for our February 16 #AASDigitalDialogues session, ACADEMICS ONLINE: DIGITAL HARASSMENT ACROSS ASIAS, featuring nine speakers discussing public-facing scholarship, activism, and online harassment in #AsianStudies.

bit.ly/AcademicsOnlin… pic.twitter.com/Q2eciUguc1
 
Dr. Audrey Truschke Retweeted ·  
As an Indian-American academic, but most importantly, as an Indian and an American, I heartily support @calstate's move to add caste to the list of categories covered by their anti-discrimination policies. Caste is a reality in today's world, in India or in California. Go CSU! 💪
 
Solidarity with #RanaAyyub as she faced the combined wrath of Hindu nationalists and Saudi nationalists.

Also, I agree with her on #Yemen and the monstrous actions of the Saudi regime.
26.4 thousand tweets, most are abusive, rape and death threats, calling me a terror sympathiser. Most tweets are by the Indian right wing & Saudi nationalists who are attacking me after i posted a tweet in solidarity with Yemen and calling out the Saudis. Hello @TwitterIndia pic.twitter.com/Cd1880betW
 
Dr. Audrey Truschke Retweeted ·  
Hindu American Foundation, the advocacy group that filed a lawsuit over my @AJEnglish story last year is having a major meltdown & giving legal threats to @calstate for its system wide ban on caste based discrimination.
 
Dr. Audrey Truschke Retweeted ·  
Caste System Deep Rooted In Society; We Couldn't Get Out Of The 'Menace' Even After 75 Yrs Of Freedom: Allahabad High Court livelaw.in/news-updates/c…
 
New section on Hindutva Harassment field manual--

Conference Best Practices

Details best practices & issues to consider when planning, organizing, & conducting academic events that may attract the vituperative assaults of the Hindu Right.

Share widely.

hindutvaharassmentfieldmanual.org/conference
Conference Best Practices Hindutva Harassment Field Manual
hindutvaharassmentfieldmanual.org
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
...In premodern Sanskrit texts, much of the time what is sanātana (eternal) about dharma is its differentiation by caste. This is distinct from the projection of unity in Hinduism intended by the modern "Sanatana Dharma".
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
Folks, I could go on. In 21st-century academic life, this would likely end with mild disagreement, coupled with recognizing that our emphases are a little different. Note that Hindutva ideological commitments don't come into this. They cannot if you want scholarly discourse.
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
Purvapaksha (objector): What about meaning? Isn't the core of Hindu traditions over time stable? Me: Historically speaking, no. Take the meaning of sanātanaḥ dharmaḥ -- In premodern Sanskrit texts, much of the time what is sanātana (eternal) about dharma is...
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
...In premodern Sanskrit texts, much of the time what is sanātana (eternal) about dharma is its differentiation by caste. This is distinct from the projection of unity in Hinduism intended by the modern "Sanatana Dharma".
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
Me: I don't think that two Sanskrit terms agreeing in case / number / gender at times rises to the level of setting them apart as a proper phrase with capital letters in English. That's newer.
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
Purvapaksha (objector): What about meaning? Isn't the core of Hindu traditions over time stable? Me: Historically speaking, no. Take the meaning of sanātanaḥ dharmaḥ -- In premodern Sanskrit texts, much of the time what is sanātana (eternal) about dharma is...
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
Me: Sure, we do. But lots of things modify 'dharma' in premodern Sanskrit texts. I was speaking about a specific phrase. Purvapaksha (objector): Okay. But surely it is relevant that these two words are paired in premodern Sanskrit texts, many of which are termed "Hindu" today?
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
Me: I don't think that two Sanskrit terms agreeing in case / number / gender at times rises to the level of setting them apart as a proper phrase with capital letters in English. That's newer.
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
I stipulated (few days ago): "Sanatana Dharma", as a phrase, comes about, historically, in the 19th century. Purvapaksha (objector): But don't we see the Sanskrit adjective sanātana modifying dharma in texts as early as the first millennium CE, such as dharmaśāstra works?
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
Me: Sure, we do. But lots of things modify 'dharma' in premodern Sanskrit texts. I was speaking about a specific phrase. Purvapaksha (objector): Okay. But surely it is relevant that these two words are paired in premodern Sanskrit texts, many of which are termed "Hindu" today?
 
Folks, I'm going to model here what a scholarly discussion might look like.

Please notice that there is neither name-calling nor abusive language (hallmarks of Hindutva harassment).

#THREAD
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
I stipulated (few days ago): "Sanatana Dharma", as a phrase, comes about, historically, in the 19th century. Purvapaksha (objector): But don't we see the Sanskrit adjective sanātana modifying dharma in texts as early as the first millennium CE, such as dharmaśāstra works?
 
Folks, I'm going to model here what a scholarly discussion might look like.

Please notice that there is neither name-calling nor abusive language (hallmarks of Hindutva harassment).

#THREAD
 
Why don't I argue with the Hindu Right?

Because they don't argue. They abuse. Here's what their toxic swirl of misogyny and foulness looks like for me at present.

#Hindutva #harassment #misogyny #professorlife
 
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
Updating due to a confusion that I didn't see coming (although I should have... I forget sometimes that not everyone understands Sanskrit. My bad). In premodern texts, the Sanskrit adjective sanātana sometimes modifies dharma. Lots of adjectives can modify dharma + compounds...
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
...like kshatriyadharma or svadharma. There are lots of other examples (and caste-based definitions of dharma are exceedingly common in premodern Hindu texts). This is all different than a sort of proper "Sanatana Dharma" to refer to Hinduism. That's colonial-era in origin.
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
Here's a tough thing -- Our world is unimaginable without the colonial encounter. We have to negotiate that reality. I know everyone wants to decolonize. Here's one thing that amorphous term has to mean -- Actually learning about history, both precolonial and colonial.
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
Updating due to a confusion that I didn't see coming (although I should have... I forget sometimes that not everyone understands Sanskrit. My bad). In premodern texts, the Sanskrit adjective sanātana sometimes modifies dharma. Lots of adjectives can modify dharma + compounds...
 
I have some fun talks coming up, on Hindutva, caste, my book out last year on Sanskrit historical texts... check it out and consider joining me:

audreytruschke.com/upcomingtalks
Upcoming Talks Audrey Truschke
audreytruschke.com
 
CfP: 2022 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia (deadline Feb 20, 2022). Theme is “(Mis)information,” which may be interpreted broadly in its social or political sense.

Details here --

bit.ly/rustgisubmissi…
2022 Rustgi South Asian Undergraduate Research Conference: (Mis)Information
docs.google.com
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
Just because a term or identity comes from, or crystalized, during the colonial period doesn't make it illegitimate. If you want more on this, I recommend you to this podcast that wrestles well with this issue, for Hinduism, indigenous religions, etc: keepingit101.com
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
Here's a tough thing -- Our world is unimaginable without the colonial encounter. We have to negotiate that reality. I know everyone wants to decolonize. Here's one thing that amorphous term has to mean -- Actually learning about history, both precolonial and colonial.
 
This seems like acceptance of “Thought Colonialism” @IAMCouncil
I disagree. Much of what we know and how many of us identify today (including much about Indian Muslim identity) was mediated through colonialism. It doesn't render everything about our world bogus. It just makes it complicated and important to know about history.
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
As I see it, "Sanatana Dharma" was, in part, a way to project quite new forms and visions for Hindu traditions--articulated by Hindu reformers--back into time. Hence, the 'eternal' bit.
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
Just because a term or identity comes from, or crystalized, during the colonial period doesn't make it illegitimate. If you want more on this, I recommend you to this podcast that wrestles well with this issue, for Hinduism, indigenous religions, etc: keepingit101.com
Keeping It 101: A Killjoy's introduction to Religion Podcast
keepingit101.com
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
The more specific context for "Sanatana dharma" was the Hindu Reform movements, a group of organizations and individuals, overwhelmingly upper caste, who sought to significantly alter Hindu traditions.
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
As I see it, "Sanatana Dharma" was, in part, a way to project quite new forms and visions for Hindu traditions--articulated by Hindu reformers--back into time. Hence, the 'eternal' bit.
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
The term "Sanatana dharma" was coined in the 19th century, during British colonialism. This shouldn't surprise anyone. Most terms for Hindu traditions or strands thereof -- including Hinduism and Brahmanism --were coined during the British colonial period.
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
The more specific context for "Sanatana dharma" was the Hindu Reform movements, a group of organizations and individuals, overwhelmingly upper caste, who sought to significantly alter Hindu traditions.
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
Some Hindus prefer the term "Sanatana Dharma" for their tradition or set of religious practices. Literally, the phrase means "eternal dharma," but y'all know there's much more to language than literal meaning. So let's talk history.
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
The term "Sanatana dharma" was coined in the 19th century, during British colonialism. This shouldn't surprise anyone. Most terms for Hindu traditions or strands thereof -- including Hinduism and Brahmanism --were coined during the British colonial period.
 
Q: Dr. Truschke, why don't you ever talk about Sanatana Dharma.

Answer: 🧵

#Hinduism #history #colonialism
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
Some Hindus prefer the term "Sanatana Dharma" for their tradition or set of religious practices. Literally, the phrase means "eternal dharma," but y'all know there's much more to language than literal meaning. So let's talk history.
 
Q: Dr. Truschke, why don't you ever talk about Sanatana Dharma.

Answer: 🧵

#Hinduism #history #colonialism
 
Yakei, a female macaque in a nature reserve in Japan, violently overthrew the alpha male of her troop to become its first female leader in the reserve’s 70-year history.

She presides over 677 monkeys, but a messy love triangle could endanger her status. nyti.ms/3KyneIS pic.twitter.com/Gooy6RxWJR
 
Call out for research help --

There is reporting that some attendees at the 2019 Howdy Modi event in Texas sported saffron cowboy hats. I'd love a photo of this.

If you have one, drop it here or email me (you can find my email here: audreytruschke.com/bio)
Bio Audrey Truschke
audreytruschke.com
 
Dr. Audrey Truschke Retweeted ·  
EXCLUSIVE: The largest public university system in the country has agreed to protect caste-oppressed students from discrimination after years of on-campus activist work.
trib.al/QZhTzJT
All Cal State universities add caste to anti-discrimination policy
nbcnews.com
 
So, India's ruling party is blocking its own websites?
Any website, YouTube channel spreading lies, conspiring against India will be blocked: Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur
 
This is truly amazing news -- A warm congrats and a thanks to all the activists who worked hard to make this happen.

#Caste #discrimination #highered
Yes! The Win is official! All 23 campuses of the @calstate have added caste as a protected category! Thank you to the intercaste and intefaith coalition of Student, Faculty, and Community organizers who bravely worked to help make this happen. equalitylabs.org/press-releases… pic.twitter.com/kPM6HmHTdg
 
Mark your calendar -- Feb 16, 3-5 p.m. EST. I join a stellar line-up to talk about Digital Harassment Across Asias (for me, focusing on Hindutva and India).

Virtual event; registration opens soon.

asianstudies.org/jobs-professio… #harassment #Hindutva
Academics Online: Digital Harassment Across Asias - Association for Asian Studies
asianstudies.org
 
Opposing anti-Semitism and being Islamophobic are not the same thing.
 
 
Dr. Audrey Truschke Retweeted ·  
In reply to @paularcurtis
Speakers will include: Mary Gallagher (U Michigan) Michael Berry (UCLA) Nitasha Kaul (Westminster) Audrey Truschke (Rutgers U-Newark) Jeffrey J. Hall (Kanda U of International Studies) Tomomi Yamaguchi (Montana State) Helena Wu (UBC) Lillian Ngan (USC) Paula R. Curtis (UCLA)
 
Dr. Audrey Truschke Retweeted ·  
SAVE THE DATE! I am excited to announce an @AASAsianStudies Digital Dialogues series I am co-organizing with colleagues in coming months: Academics Online. The first event, "Digital Harassment Across Asias" 🌏 will be 2/16, 3pm EST. Registration open soon. asianstudies.org/jobs-professio…
 
No, because I know relatively little about it. If you are interested, there are lots of scholars of Christianity in the US (like, seriously, a whole lot). Ask them.

Over here, I'm drawing attention to understudied traditions in the West, such as Hinduism.
Will you give a historian’s response to queries on the Holy Bible?
 
Rutgers begins classes today. President Holloway's Welcome Back email underscores the university's "firm commitment to academic freedom and free speech" as essential to our pursuit of academic excellence.

Links to this: rutgers.edu/president/acad… #AcademicFreedom #Rutgers #highered
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
@AudreyTruschke why did Ram and Lakshman left Sita behind alone? If they went for hunting isn't use of animal meat is prohibited in Hindu dharam?
Replying to @SadiAfridi1
As I recall, in Valmiki, Sita wants the deer's skin. The upper-caste aversion to meat-eating really gets going in the early centuries CE. It never becomes iron-clad (lots of Hindus are carnivores still today). But, early (e.g., in the Vedic period), well, lots of meat eating.
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
I'm cutting this off because, well, work doesn't do itself. Thanks everyone for engaging. The common question was about the historicity of the myth....
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
Reducing the grand Mahabharata tradition to some alleged kernel of historical truth is an impoverished approach. There's so much in the epic in terms of narrative, human insights, ethical propositions, and more. Don't get hung up on hard political history and miss the point.
 
I recently finished a draft of a chapter on the #Mahabharata. So, quick Q and A round.

Anything you want to know about this stunning epic, ask away. Please keep in mind -- You are asking a historian; expect historian answers.
Replying to @AudreyTruschke
I'm cutting this off because, well, work doesn't do itself. Thanks everyone for engaging. The common question was about the historicity of the myth....
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
Excellent post. How did Ram and hanuman cross into Lanka and why did they not use boats when use of wood as bow and arrow is already narrated in the text.
Replying to @SadiAfridi1
One answer is that using boats would've been far less spectacular.
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
Did you find incarnation rebirth in Mahabharat epic ?
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
Who eulogized it in the first place? Were there any compelling circumstances to produce & promote such a myth?
In short -- North Indian society about 2,000 years ago was transitioning to larger-scale political structures. Larger polities are capable of more extreme violence and also involve other social changes. The Mahabharata explores this general trend.
 
In reply to @AudreyTruschke
Since we talking myth, how can u explain/describe the character of karna
Replying to @mabaig
In a tweet, no. But fascinating character.
 
 
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