The hateful Dismantling Global Hindutva Conference might be being held in the US, but its sponsors seem to be prominent people from India.
Anand Mahindra’s Mahindra Humanities Center has been listed as a “co-sponsor” of the controversial Global Hindutva Conference, which has elicited protests from Hindus across the world. On its website, which is finally up after several days of being unavailable, the Dismantling Global Hindutva Conference lists the Mahindra Humanities Center as a co-sponsor.
In 2010, Anand Mahindra had donated $10 million to set up the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, which was the largest gift for the humanities department in Harvard’s history. “Harvard University announced today (Oct. 4) that Anand Mahindra ’77, M.B.A.’81, has given the University $10 million to support the Humanities Center in honor of his mother, Indira Mahindra,” a Harvard Gazette article from 2010 says. “It is the largest gift for the study of humanities in Harvard’s history, and will advance the unique interdisciplinary collaborations led by center director Homi Bhabha. In recognition, the center will be renamed the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard,” it adds.
Interestingly, Mahindra had then said that the Mahindra Humanities Center will be a part of the intellectual legacy of India’s contribution to global thinking across the arts, culture, science, and philosophy. “I am happy to be able to contribute to the cause of the humanities,” he’d said. “To address complex problems in an interdependent world, it is vital to encourage the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas in an international setting. I am proud to be part of the intellectual legacy of India’s contribution to global thinking across the arts, culture, science, and philosophy. I am convinced of the need for incorporating social and humanistic concerns into the core values that inform the world of business and have sought to do so with tremendous support from my peers and colleagues at work and beyond,” he’d added.
As such, it would seem strange that a decade later, the same Center is sponsoring a virulently anti-Hindu and anti-India conference. The Dismantling Global Hindutva Conference has been accused of promoting hate against Hindus globally, and several institutions have asked for their logos and names to be removed from the event. But with the Mahindra Center for Humanities’ name still prominently associated with the hate-conference, questions would be raised whether the Dismantling Global Hindutva event has Chairman Anand Mahindra’s blessing.