Talk:Zahid R. Chaudhary

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By Rutvi Dattani

Zahid R Chaudhary is an associate professor in the Department of English at Princeton University.

His research interests span across Postcolonialism and critical theory, visual culture (film and media studies), literature and ethnicity.

In his research article "Sacrificing Citizenship: On Muslims and Assimilation in a Neoliberal Frame" he writes about Muslim "minorities" in the United States and not in context of India. His research studies focused on India deal with early and contemporary visual and photography trends in the Indian sub-continent. Some other articles study art, railway and mobility culture in India.

As per his bio and Google scholar, he has published no books, papers or research pertaining to Hindus, rights of Hindus, impact or relationship between Islam and Hinduism / Hindutva or the Indian Government.

In 2021, he endorsed the "Dismantling Global Hindutva" conference and made an unsubstantiated statement

"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."[1]