An attendee of the TOI Bangalore litfest took to Twitter yesterday to vent her blatant Hinduphobia. She suggested that the Diya which is traditionally lighted during the inauguration of any event or ceremony, is problematic for Christians and Muslims as the ritual is deeply rooted in Hinduism.
The hindu-looking tall brass thing with wick on the top lit at the TOI Bangalore lit fest was something like this. How are Chrsitians, Muslims supposed to feel at this!! pic.twitter.com/9dMxrC3xVd
— Sujatha Gidla (@gidla_sujatha) February 4, 2018
Twitter users were quick to slam her for her Hinduphobia and point out her own intolerance and privilege.
Parents are college professors. Siblings settled abroad. Govt funded education. That’s more privilege than I ever had. Yet she claims victimhood.
1 important question, as 2nd gen Xians, did her family claim reservation meant for SCs?https://t.co/rqMENJ3ciD
— gab.ai/yanka (@yenkak) February 5, 2018
Not Diya, not even Lamp, but “thing”. The extent of hatred and condescension they spew and get away with. https://t.co/7l5s2IqutI
— Saiswaroopa (@Sai_swaroopa) February 5, 2018
Even for this Minority angle One wonders why is it always Christians and Muslims? Why no one asks how Jains or Sikhs or Parsis supposed to feel…at this “Hindu looking things”? https://t.co/ipzv0WmReJ
— Adivaraha (@vajrayudha11) February 4, 2018
You too are Yindoo looking lady. How are the original churchis & moslems supposed to feel about you?
— The Good Doctor (@Kaalateetham) February 5, 2018
Now I can say : How are Hindus supposed to feel at *actual* sectarian laws in core sectors.
But will be shot down : You are in power, dont whine. Masses dont care about this. Only upper caste bigots do. etc.. https://t.co/K71WCJc228
— Reality Check India (@realitycheckind) February 5, 2018
Shocking! So Hindus and businesses are supposed to peel themselves away from all cultural rootedness and follow secular symbolism of the west. What is wrong with these people? Proudly, we must move forward towards making Indian constitution lean towards our spiritual traditions. https://t.co/JCB4vncUkM
— Rahul Dewan (@rahuldewan) February 5, 2018
Woman with a hindu looking name has problem with a hindu looking lamp https://t.co/jubLg7XQWV
— Monica (@TrulyMonica) February 5, 2018
Your name is Hindu sounding too… How are Christians, Muslims supposed to feel at this!! https://t.co/JmOqPV2PFg
— अंकित जैन फेन (@Chopdasaab) February 4, 2018
Literature Festivals are usually a gathering of intellectuals who are fond of ruminating about the growing intolerance in the country from within the confines of their safe space where everyone more or less shares the same opinion on every political issue. But even for them, to provide a platform to such a Hinduphobe was indeed a new low.