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Press Release : HHR Press Release: Protests against Global Hinduphobia outside the Guardian and the High Commission of New Zealand on 3 October 2021

Press Release : HHR Press Release: Protests against Global Hinduphobia outside the Guardian and the High Commission of New Zealand on 3 October 2021

For the second generation of immigrants growing up in Britain, violence from neo-nazi groups such as the NF, BNP and Combat 18 was a regular if not daily hazard. Add to that the more general racism that pervaded life. This is where it starts from. The fanatic ideological commitment to vilify an entire community or section of the demographic. This is exactly what we see now, ironically from the self-styled antiracist and anti-fascist Left. In the forefront of this hatemongering, is that liberal mouthpiece, The Guardian.

Founded in Manchester in 1821 by cotton merchant John Edward Taylor and his friends, they did so with money inextricably linked to slavery. Plantation slaves harvested cotton from which Taylor made his fortune. He also sided with cotton mill owners in Manchester against improving conditions for those who toiled in the hazardous environment, which made use of child labour. In 1862 the newspaper lamented the election of Abraham Lincoln as president of the United States, and supported the secessionist slave-owning Confederacy. Now that racist invective remains with regard to Hindus, enhanced by colonialist invective which has not died. In this, we should not be sidetracked into using terms such as left or right-wing. When it comes to Hindus there is barely any difference, barring the choice of language thrown at the intended victim. Instead of using racial slurs, the Guardian habitually uses terms such as fascist, fundamentalist, extremist, right-wing and Taliban when it comes to Hindus. This imaginary use of words far removed from their original meanings has done an amazing job of fooling the public with its Orwellian Newspeak.

This is so infectious that we see the self-styled anti-racist left using the image of the white damsel in distress at the hands of dark pagan savages. This was used more recently in its defence of Audrey Truschke, an American anti-Hindu academic who herself has links to far-right Christian missionaries. Yet that religious fervour is easily morphed into the secular humanist attack, because that secularism is itself the offspring of a once-dominant church and Christian theology.

Now whenever attacked, the Guardian wheel out their ‘coolies’ writers of Indian origin who as with the local collaborators with colonialist rule, know how to toe the line. But behind these puppets, it is the white master that controls the strings. Strangely enough, this anti-Hindu sentiment does not necessarily come from the masses. Indeed it is the white working-class who themselves are looked down upon by the woke writers of the Guardians, as mere ignorant, Brexit-supporting ‘chavs’. These ‘chavs’ are ironically derided as racist by the same newspaper that is infested with Hinduphobia.

If this was not enough the Pacific islands of New Zealand have now emerged as the epicentre of global Hinduphobia. This nation suffered the recent terrorist attack only this month by an Islamic extremist in Auckland; Ahamed Samsudeen who arrived from Sri Lanka in 2011 on a student visa. New Zealand suffered a more deadly terrorist attack by Australian national Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a white supremacist who live-streamed his shooting of worshippers at the Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch.

Tarrant expressed racist ideas for years and came into contact with neo-Nazi organisations and tribalistic racist politics while travelling in Europe, describing himself as an ethno-nationalist and “kebab removalist”. Tarrant, therefore, founded like-minded individuals with whom he could entrench his beliefs. Regrettably, that is now happening in New Zealand with regard to Hindus with the brazen bias, prejudice, discrimination and vilification by the NZ Herald and Massey University CARE Institute against Hindus and Indian immigrants.

Despite the stabbings by Samsudeen and the massacre by Tarrant, Massey University, the NZ Herald and especially its Professor Mohan Dutta are directly accountable for inciting racial and religious hatred in the New Zealand community against Indian immigrants and Hindus of New Zealand and Australia. Statements of NZ Herald, Professor Dutta at Massey University and his supporters, trolls, media and a foreign NGO in support of Dutta have systematically demonised and vilified Hindus as violent extremists for the past month relentlessly. 

Facebook posts of NZ Herald articles citing Dutta vilifying Hindus and Indian immigrants have attracted anti-immigrant and anti-Indian sentiment from readers putting Hindu and Indian lives at risk.

Examples include:

“deport these mfs”

“its a legal battle, same as the nutter who did the countdown stabbing they tried to get him out but was a legal nightmare. They need to pass a law to cancel any residency if any form of terror is displayed”

“And it not like they say hey I’m a nutter who wants to cause terror let me in and the PM says sure here you go get the f outta here. They lie throw their teeth.”

“Moving to a foreign theatre, and “Engaging in terrorism and taking up arms against your country of citizenship” really ought to have you shot for treason, rather than housed at the tax payers’ expense.”

“You can’t tell me intelligence doesn’t know their here but yet they are only surveyed until finally someone’s loved ones are injured or killed…we have enough to try keep us safe with more headaches on top.”

“Ship these clowns back to their own country”

These comments are under a misleading report where the police in fact state that there are no ‘trolls’ in NZ attacking Dutta and no Hindu terrorists in NZ.

The prejudiced headline:Police aware of concerns about right-wing Indian Nationalist groups in New Zealandrepeats the inaccurate claims of Dutta that New Zealand Indians and Hindus are security threats.

The headline deliberately stokes fear solely based upon the false allegations of Dutta which he made to police a month earlier. This raises the question of newsworthiness and why the NZ Herald would deem the headline fit for publication.

This is especially considering that NZ Herald published an attack on an Indian immigrant taxi driver in July 2021 where a man punched the taxi driver in the eye saying ‘f**cking Indians’.

Reports that Dutta was targeted by ‘right-wing extremists’ are unsubstantiated and there are no official charges, official statements of the police or records. 

There is no evidence either at the CARE Facebook page or CARE twitter handle. Professor Dutta himself engaged in bullying and harassment on his twitter account including blaming Hindus for the recent ISIS attack in NZ and the Christchurch terror attack. 

A NZ Herald report of 10 September 2021Massey University professor hit by right wing Hindu trollsgives only one side, that of Professor Dutta’s claim he was ‘bashed online’ by ‘right-wing Hindu nationalist groups’.

By 3 September 2021 however, Professor Dutta locked his twitter account. The period of alleged harassment was only one week. He had shadowbanned and deleted comments from CARE on Facebook only replying to glowing reports.

Evidence of alleged terrorism in NZ Herald is Dutta being called ‘grade A twat’, ‘stinking a**hole’ and ‘bootlicker’.

The NZ Herald reports Dutta insulting dissenters to his publications as ‘trolls’, ‘Hindutva activists’  ‘extremist right-wing, fascists’ who are ‘attacking academic freedom’, ‘silencing criticism’ across the globe’ and he likens them to ‘white supremacists’.

These comments are far more offensive than ‘twat, a**hole, and ‘bootlicker’ because they put Hindu and Indian immigrant lives at risk due to the vilification of Hindus as violent extremists, a threat to NZ security and by making false claims he was attacked by Indian Hindus in NZ.

Comments under this article were removed by NZ Herald. Some of them made fun of the Professor for calling POC Indians white supremacists and mocking trolling as akin to the Taliban.

Responses to the later article demonstrate how quickly hate toward Indians and Hindus escalated after adding the authority of the police in a misleading headline and by making confusing and contradictory claims in the report about alleged NZ Indian extremists.

There are numerous errors of fact in both reports, a failure to include the New Zealand Indian or Hindu Community, to report their legitimate concerns of Hinduphobia denial, victim-blaming, genocide denial and the smearing of Hindus as terrorists by Professor Dutta. Further is their addition of insult to injury that Massey University refuses to remove the offensive materials from their own branded publications and to issue a public apology.

Dutta makes those claims in Cultural Hindutva and Islamophobia and the talk ‘Interrogating narratives of Hinduphobia’, a transcript of which is here since the Facebook page was made private. 

Massey University has refused to engage with the targets of these attacks from Dutta and instead sent generic emails supporting ‘academic freedom’ to at least ten Hindu alumni, staff and organisations who wrote formal letters of complaint. Academic freedom does not include the right to vilify, harass and target groups on the basis of nationality, race or religion. 

These statements coming from a distinguished professor in the media and the failure of Massey University to take official complaints seriously has led to a breakdown of social cohesion in New Zealand and fears across the entire region that Hindus and Indian immigrants will now be singled out as terrorists. 

Our voices have not been heard. Our concerns have been shut down. Hindus of New Zealand, Australia and the world deserve better than to be smeared as violent extremists from our academic institutions and media. Samsudeen and Tarrant did not just randomly select their victims. They were nurtured through like-minded people and online hate in the murky corners of the web and society. The difference now is that attacks on Hindus and Hinduphobia are being justified and given sound basis by academics at Massey University and the writers at the New Zealand Herald. It is the type of mainstream acceptance that Tarrant could only dream of.

Join HHR 3rd/Oct/2021 outside the Guardian HQ Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU between
12 PM-1.30 PM .

And then at the New Zealand High Commission , 80 Haymarket, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4TE
between  2PM – 3 PM

HHR outside Guardian HQ in 2020

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