Internet Hinduism and the
North American Hindu Diaspora

by Vinay Lal

[March 1, 2013]

6PM to 8PM

25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000
between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan

Talk Cancelled
 

Hinduism's adherents, nowhere more so than in the United States, have displayed a marked tendency to turn towards various forms of digital media, and in particular the internet, to forge new forms of Hindu identity, endow Hinduism with a purportedly more coherent and monotheistic form, refashion our understanding of the history of Hinduism's engagement with practitioners of other faiths in India, and even engage in debates on American multiculturalism.  Furthermore, the aspiration to create linkages across Hindu groups worldwide, embrace Hindus in remoter diasporic settings who are viewed as having been severed from the motherland, and create something of global Hindu consciousness, has a fundamental relationship to India's ascendancy as an 'emerging economy' and the confidence with which its Hindu elites increasingly view the world and their prospects for prosperity and political gain.  This talk will explore these aspects of Hindu American internet activism and politics.

 

 

 


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