Indian Fascism and its Global Reverberations

Indian Fascism and its Global Reverberations

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Thursday, May 23rd 2024
7:00 pm
Red Emma's
As the BJP's Hindu nationalism becomes further entrenched in power, and expands alliances with other reactionary and ethonationalist states, how are organizers in India and across the diaspora responding?

This event is on the topic of Hindu supremacy in India and its global reach. The movement to establish a Hindu supremacist state (“Hindutva") is the largest and oldest fascist movement on earth. Through the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) this movement has for the past ten years been in control of the world's most populous country. It is about to enter another five-year term in power. This panel will discuss how the Indian fascist movement reverberates globally and is directly dependent on political and financial support it receives from the US. It will also examine India's growing alliance with the Zionist project of Israel. With deepening connections being forged between the Maryland government and both Zionist and Hindu supremacist organizations, this conversation could not be more urgent for the Baltimore community and beyond.

Sana Siddiq (she/her) is the Regional Director of Muslims for Just Futures for the DMV region. She spearheads MJF's organizing and base-building infrastructure in the DMV region. Sana previously worked in labor and community organizing for many years, most notably with UNITE HERE, the hotel and food service workers’ union, where she worked on campaigns to support worker strikes and campaigns in multiple cities. She has lived and worked across the region since 2016. She was previously with the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, leading congressional advocacy and policy work. She also mentored and trained youth fellows across the U.S. and hosted strategic convenings to advance collaborative transformative policy work on foreign policy, climate change, and racial justice. During the pandemic, she worked with the South Asian Rapid Response Initiative (SARRI) doing outreach to restaurant workers around know your rights, community safety, and alternatives to policing. Sana holds a BA from Brown University.

Sam Agarwal (she/they) is a scholar and activist based in Baltimore. Her writing and research focus on neoliberalism and farmers’ and workers’ movements in India and the rise of authoritarian ethnonationalism globally. She is currently a Changemaker Postdoctoral Fellow at American University where she is working on a book project based on her PhD dissertation which examines the intersection of India’s longstanding caste inequalities and the Hindu nationalist movement. Prior to becoming an academic, Sam spent five years in Central India accompanying frontline communities in struggles against forcible land dispossession and for indigenous forests rights. In the US, she has been involved in campaigns around migrant justice, police abolition and housing justice. At Johns Hopkins she helped lead a successful unionization effort of graduate student workers. She is also a founder of The Cornerstone Project, a volunteer-run collective which provides training on the fundamentals of movement building and organizing to groups across the DMV area.

Anindya Dey (he/him) is a political activist who has been associated with social movements in India since 2007. He currently edits and writes (in Bangla and English) for the Kolkata-based news/political analysis portal, GroundXero, with a focus on South Asian history, social movements and political economy. He is also a member of Sanhati -- a diaspora activist group which has the broad mission of resisting neoliberalism in South Asia. He has spoken in various forums on anti-land acquisition movements and the emergence of Hindu fascism in India. He holds a PhD in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from The University of Texas at Austin.

Sana Qutubuddin is the executive director of No Separate Justice, an organization dedicated to educating and organizing its base on the parallels between Hindutva; White Supremacy & Zionism. She has been organizing and leading advocacy efforts for Indian Muslims across the nation and the Hill for the past two decades and is the current president of the American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI). She has collaborated with Muslims in India & diasporic communities to help build schools across India and lead relief efforts in regions targeted by Hindu supremacist violence.

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