Coalition of Indian-Americans Object to "Hindu Supremacist" Changes to California Curriculum

January 10, 2006

Source: San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center/Friends of South Asia

On January 10, 2006 a Friends of South Asia Press Release stated, "A coalition of American groups representing the immigrant communities from the Indian subcontinent, led by Friends of South Asia (FOSA), have taken strong [issue with] numerous misrepresentations of India’s ancient history and of Hinduism recently put forward by the Vedic Foundation (VF) and the Hindu Education Foundation (HEF) for incorporation into Grade 6 History/Social Sciences textbooks in California. In a strongly worded letter addressed to the California State Board of Education (SBE), dated January 5, 2006... the coalition has urged the board to reject the VF’s/HEF’s reactionary ideologies, which they say 'negates great pluralism within Hindu practice, as well as the religious diversity within Indian society,' and 'does not represent the larger Hindu community'... 'As members of the South Asian diaspora... [we] understand well the harm that can be caused to young minds by distortions and errors in text books regarding their religious and socio-cultural heritage. But, we are also very clear that misrepresenting Hinduism so as to "boost the self-esteem of Hindu students" is entirely the wrong solution.'"