Human Rights, Security and Global Political Hinduism



In 2012, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), a Hindu advocacy organization founded in Washington, DC, released the eighth issue of its annual report titled ‘Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights’. These surveys, produced by the HAF since 2004, critically profile a range of contexts around the world in which Hindus face social and political marginalization as ‘targeted victims of grievous violations of universally recognized human rights’ (HAF, ‘Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora’ 3). They seek to call public attention to the marginalization and persecution of Hindus that they see taking place globally as an issue of ‘human rights’. The HAF’s 2012 survey came out not too long after the release of a different HAF report, ‘Hinduism: Not Cast in Caste’, which took up the topic of caste stratification and discrimination in India. This report invoked a similar discourse of human rights, though here in reference to caste stratification in India as a ‘human rights’ violation.


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