“Internet Hindus” caught in online frays

#InternetHindus at the center of India‘s debate over secularism.


Who are “Internet Hindus”? TV anchor Sagarika Ghose coined the controversial term to describe the growing, nationalist online voice opposed to India’s secular identity.

Critics call their online tactics abusive however, netizens identified as “Internet Hindus” find the term offensive and say traditional media has unfairly portrayed them.

In this episode of The Stream, we discuss the online debates about Indian secularism with journalists Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose), a frequent target of “Internet Hindus”, and Sadanand Dhume (@dhume01). We also speak with Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39), a former Indian cabinet minister often considered an ally of the so-called movement.

What do you think? Is Indian secularism under attack? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.


Author: Intercultural Resources

Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email: ihpindia@gmail.com

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