Apr 23 2007
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The Hindu Students Council, with numerous chapters on college campuses nationwide, calls itself “a voice of Hindu youth across college campuses and the community.” But according to a new investigative report, the HSC is linked to right wing Hindu fundamentalists in North America and India. Released last week by the Campaign to Stop Funding Hate, the report â€œLying Religiously: The Hindu Students Council and the Politics of Deception,â€ demonstrates how the organization is affiliated politically and institutionally with Sangh Parivar, an ultra right wing and militant grouping in India, which includes members of the Hindu nationalist movement, or Hindutva. The report claims that using deceptive means, the HSC has de-emphasized and disguised its connections to Sangh Parivar over time in order to attract more students to its ranks. Registered as a non-profit, the Hindu Students Council calls itself an independent, apolitical, cultural and spiritual organization. The public face that the HSC puts forth attracts many Indian American youths and students who wish to learn more about their culture. The publication of â€œLying Religiouslyâ€ coincides with the launching of a six month â€œTruth Out on HSCâ€™s,â€ campaign aimed at informing Indian American students about the reportâ€™s findings.
Read the report, Lying Religiously here: http://hsctruthout.stopfundinghate.org/index1.html
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