Talk:Shubhra Gururani

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By Rutvi Dattani

Shubhra Gururani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University. She is also a Faculty Associate at the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), CITY Institute, Centre for Feminist Research, Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist & Women's Studies.

Her areas of research are at the intersection of critical political ecology, urbanization in the Global South, space and place, and history of science and technology. Her early research works focused on the cultural politics of conservation and forestry in the Uttarakhand Himalayas in India.

As per her bio, and Google scholar she has published no books, papers or research pertaining to Hindus, rights of Hindus, impact or relationship between Islam and Hinduism.

She writes that social mobilization in India must not be viewed from the lens of caste or Hindutva politics [Publications 1] and yet makes an unsubstantiated accusation in the letter where she endorses the "Dismantling Global Hindutva" conference[1].

"the current government of India [in 2021] has instituted discriminatory policies including beef bans, restrictions on religious conversion and interfaith weddings, and the introduction of religious discrimination into India’s citizenship laws. The result has been a horrifying rise in religious and caste-based violence, including hate crimes, lynchings, and rapes directed against Muslims, non-conforming Dalits, Sikhs, Christians, adivasis and other dissident Hindus. Women of these communities are especially targeted. Meanwhile, the government has used every tool of harassment and intimidation to muzzle dissent. Dozens of student activists and human rights defenders are currently languishing in jail indefinitely without due process under repressive anti-terrorism laws."

Publications related to India

  1. Gururani. S, Berry. K (2015) Gender in the Himalaya: Feminist Explorations of Identity, Place, and Positionality, (pages 88, 89), The Association for Nepal and Himalyan Studies, accessed August 7, 2022