In a video doing the rounds of social media, a young sixth grader addresses the textbook writing board of the schools to include the positive sides of Hinduism as well and not teach only the evils of the religion.
The girl tells the board that she is aware of the positives of the religion but was disappointed to see the reaction of her friends after they learned of the caste system.
“I don’t want my friends to look down upon me and my culture because of my textbook; it’s unfair,” she says.
She asks, “Social hierarchies have existed in all societies so why single out Hinduism?”
Religious discrimination, wherever it may be happening and in whichever form, must be condemned. So when the world community came together to condemn Islamophobia, many stood in support.
One of the major reasons behind the birth of discrimination against religions (and culture as well) is either a complete lack of information about the religion or selective information.
Then there are ‘scholars’ and ‘historians’ who try to omit the history, culture and religion of a region due to their own bias. It is this that has been happening against Hinduism in the United States.
Lessons on Hinduism taught in school textbooks in the US speak about the caste system and highlight the evils of the same but purportedly do not focus on any positive facet of the faith.
In 2016, the California Board of Education was asked by a South Asia studies faculty to replace ‘India’ with ‘South Asia’ and ‘Hinduism’ to ‘Ancient Indian Religion’ in all textbooks. It was opposed by Hindus in America.