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India Facts – Fellowship Announcement

We are pleased to offer ten fellowships this year, with durations of one month or three months. Please email your resume/CV to editor.indiafacts@gmail.com.

One-month Fellowships

Number of fellowships: Five

Duration of fellowship: One month

Fellowship award: Rs. 10,000 each

Topic areas:

  • Hinduphobia in Indian mainstream English language media
  • Hinduphobia in Bollywood movies (OR other regional language movies)
  • Hinduphobic posts on social media by academics, activists, media persons
  • Hinduphobia in American mainstream English language media (The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, National Public Radio, etc.)
  • Hinduphobia in International English media

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree (minimum): BA, BS/BSc, BE, B.Ed or equivalent
  • At least three popular magazine/newspaper/news portal publication in the past year
  • Understanding of the nature of Hinduphobia*
  • Ability to write clearly and precisely in English
  • An understanding of research methods in the social sciences or humanities; or good, general analytical skills

Expectations:

  • Submission of at least two articles analyzing Hinduphobic reporting in the media; anti-Hindu comments and posts on social media platforms; and/or academic publications (books, journal articles, conference papers, etc.) that overtly and systematically demonize, attack, diminish Hindus and Hinduism.
  • Length of articles: 1,500 to 3,000 words
  • Articles could be in the form of book reviews, opinion pieces, or analyses of anti-Hindu sentiment expressed in mass media or academic books/journal articles.

 

  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2021
  • Please include your latest CV/Resumé and list articles/books you have authored.

Three-month Fellowships

Number of fellowships: Five

Duration of fellowship: Three months

Fellowship award: Rs. 30,000 each

Topic areas:

  • Hinduphobia in Indian mainstream English language media
  • Hinduphobia in Bollywood movies (OR other regional language movies)
  • Hinduphobic posts on social media by academics, activists, media persons
  • Hinduphobia in American mainstream English language media (The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, National Public Radio, etc.)
  • Hinduphobia in International English media
  • Hinduphobia in Indian academic journals, books, textbooks
  • Hinduphobia in European academic journals, books, textbooks
  • Hinduphobia in American academic journals, books, textbooks
  • Hinduphobia in international academic journals, books, textbooks

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree (minimum): BA, BS/BSc, BE, B.Ed or equivalent
  • At least five popular magazine/newspaper/news portal publication in the past two years
  • Understanding of the nature of Hinduphobia*
  • Ability to write clearly and precisely in English
  • An understanding of research methods in the social sciences or humanities; or good, general analytical skills

Expectations:

  • Submission of at least three articles analyzing Hinduphobic reporting in the media; anti-Hindu comments and posts on social media platforms; and/or academic publications (books, journal articles, conference papers, etc.) that overtly and systematically demonize, attack, diminish Hindus and Hinduism.
  • Length of articles: 3,000 to 5,000 words or more
  • Need to include a reference section carefully listing sources consulted.
  • Articles could be in the form of book reviews, opinion pieces, or analyses of anti-Hindu sentiment expressed in mass media or academic books/journal articles.

 

  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2021
  • Please include your latest CV/Resumé and list articles/books you have authored.
  • Please email your resume/CV to editor.indiafacts@gmail.com.

 

*What is Hinduphobia?

— It is a term dating back to 1883 (https://www.hinduhumanrights.info/use-of-the-term-hinduphobia-1914-1997/)

— However, the use of the term was rare, and has only recently found some traction

— Some people argue that the term “phobia” is inapplicable to the prevailing anti-Hindu sentiment (https://swarajyamag.com/culture/defence-against-hinduphobia)

— Hinduphobia does not necessarily refer to a “fear” of Hindus or Hinduism as much as the direct or indirect scapegoating, shaming, demonizing, marginalizing, and mocking of Hindus and/or Hinduism. Wikipedia describes Hinduphobia as “anti-Hindu sentiment… a negative perception, sentiment or actions against the practitioners of Hinduism”.

— Prof. Jeffery Long says: “Like any phobia, Hinduphobia is an intense and deeply rooted aversion—a fear and hatred—in this case, of Hindus and Hinduism. As such, Hinduphobia is a non-rational phenomenon. That is, it is not the result of a process of reasoning or thoughtful reflection based on experience. It is a feeling that occurs at a visceral level rather than at the refined level of the intellect, though it can manifest as a set of intellectual claims that portray Hindus and Hinduism in a negative light. This set of claims—let us call it Hinduphobic discourse­—is a narrative which typically portrays Hinduism exclusively as an oppressive and regressive tradition, inextricably bound up with social institutions like caste and patriarchy”.

— Hinduphobia is also evident in the denial of rights to Hindus that are offered to others; the attacks and threats to Hindu identity; and strategies to overwhelm and undermine Hindus through demographic strategies

— Hinduphobia has grown exponentially, and we see new spikes every time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins an election, or a leader of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (SRSS) addresses large audiences, or when a new book on caste, or the BJP or the RSS is released, which has occurred more frequently since 2014 when the BJP won the General Election and formed a government.

 

 

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