Rishi Sunak: Rise of Hinduphobia, the new anti-Semitism

Ironically, this campaign of Hinduphobia is the work of expatriate Indians and Hindus themselves; a bunch of people who hate each other and have low self-esteem.

The volatile fluidity of British politics in the post-Brexit period has led to unprecedented consequences: three Prime Ministers in one year, the shortest Prime Minister’s term in Britain’s history and finally a Prime Minister of Indian origin.
The elevation of Indian-born Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is heralded as a sentinel event; a first of several kinds. The first person of color to hold the post, Britain’s first Hindu Prime Minister and the youngest Prime Minister in over 200 years.
Indians reacted to Rishi Sunak’s success with a mixture of pride, jubilation and a touch of Schadenfreude. The irony of an individual of Indian descent ruling Britain just 75 years after we gained independence from the British is too intoxicating not to celebrate.
A provocatively mocked report: An Indian son rises above the empire. History comes full circle in Britain.
Stripped of all that hype, one has to realize that Rishi Sunak’s Indian ownership in his heyday is merely symbolic, tribal and nothing more.
Rishi Sunak’s election as Prime Minister is a secular event driven solely by his strong economic credentials, which Britons believe will help pull the UK out of its financial quagmire. His young age, his ethnic origin and his religious identity are incidental factors which have little influence on his ascendancy.
Nonetheless, amid these contradictory narratives swirling through the air, a disconcerting and ugly sideshow plays out: a rabid exposition of Hinduphobia.
Hinduphobia is an ugly and malignant trope that is becoming increasingly common in the West. Threatened by political correctness, this unsavory trait has long remained subliminal in its expression. Now it has exploded into the limelight with chilling boldness and frankness: a development fueled by the rapid rise of Indians, primarily Hindus, in countries like the US and UK. Today, a host of major tech companies like Google and Microsoft boast of having Hindu CEOs of Indian descent. The recent election of Rishi Sunak, a Hindu whose ancestors came from India, as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has added further water to this mill of Hinduphobia; his Hindu background is targeted.
Ironically, this campaign of Hinduphobia is the work of expatriate Indians and Hindus themselves; a bunch of people who hate each other and have low self-esteem.
Leading the charge in this case is none other than Pankaj Mishra, a well-known author and regular contributor to The Guardian (UK) and The New York Times, who has built a successful career by bashing, mocking and ridiculing Hindutva, Hinduism and Hindus, in no particular order.
Pankaj Mishra is the brown Uncle Tom of the pseudo-liberal West who harbors stereotypes about India and needs to be continually titillated by its so-called exoticism and immorality (like casteism) to feel good about India. his skin. Mishra’s writings quickly fuel this warped mindset.
Pankaj Mishra uses tangential logic, wild assumptions and self-serving fantasy to downplay Sunak’s success. Writing in the Guardian (October 28, 2022), he claims: “Hindu supremacists have pounced on the possibility that Rishi Sunak, a self-proclaimed devout Hindu, is a desi bro, or even an undercover agent of the ‘Global Indian Takeover’ — the headline of a once regular Times of India article. Obviously, he observes the taboos of the upper castes against beef and alcohol and always keeps close to him his statuette of Ganesha, guarantor of worldly success.
Does being a devout Hindu make Rishi Sunak less eligible to take on the mantle of British Prime Minister? Is being abstinent an exclusive trait of the Hindu upper caste and a disqualification? Is it a crime to wear a statue of Ganesha, which many Hindus do? Don’t Christians hang a cross around their neck?
By using the adjective “self-proclaimed” and affixing the label of “upper caste” to Sunak’s eating and drinking habits, Mishra wishes to label him a kind of Hindu fanatic, who should be viewed with caution: a classic example of Hinduphobia.
In another sectarian commentary, Pankaj Mishra remarks: “Collaboration with the white ruling classes or political passivity rather than struggles for social justice largely defines the history of the Indian diaspora, especially its highly educated and caste members. superior”.
As the Indian diaspora grows and more and more people of Indian origin rise higher and higher professionally, economically and politically, envy and hatred will prove to be inevitable corollaries. These sectarian writings will find fertile ground to stir up enmity and discrimination; Hinduphobia will increase.
The scenario unfolding in the West – a small, highly educated and prosperous community becoming an eyesore to the general public – has all the hallmarks of nascent anti-Semitism.
There is a real danger that Hinduphobia will snowball into the new anti-Semitism. It must be countered and stopped in its tracks.

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