Anonymous said: If u don't like Hinduism, get out of country. It's HINDUstan.
1. I never said I don’t like Hinduism. I hate Hindutva, aka extremist Hindu nationalism that tries to create a heirarchy to oppress and alienate people because of their nationality or religion.
2. I am not in your country. I was born and raised in Canada.
3. I am Punjabi, a land divided into Pakistan and India. I do not identify as neother of those nationalities.
4. You obviously don’t know the history of where the term Hindustan came from. Hindus were named after Hindustan, not the other way around. The name came by when people mispronounced the Sindh region of the Sindhu River (also known as the Indus Valley) and “Hind.” Persians began calling the subcontinent as the Hindustan or “the land of Hind,” and people who practiced religions native to the subcontinent (Note the use of RELIGIONS, as Hinduism isn’t a monolith) became known as Hindus.
Before jumping to conclusions realize the fact that the subcontinent of India has many issues that are not immune to critcism, and as someone whose motherland falls partially within Indian borders, I will criticize what needs to be criticized, whether it be the apalling treatment of minorities within the country, or Hindutva.