This Far and Further
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (CSFH) seeks to expose the connection between the violent Hindutva movement of the Sangh Parivar and the Hindu Students Council (HSC) in the United States. The internet is littered with information that points to the National HSC’s links to the global Sangh Parivar. As many of our readers will already know, the Sangh Parivar is a hate-mongering ultra-right Hindu supremacist family of organizations with a global presence. Many of the local HSCs and a majority of its chapter membership appear to be unaware of the connection between the National HSC and the Sangh Parivar. Our communications with some of these individuals and groups indicate that these local organizations do not want anything to do with Sangh Parivar. One local HSC office bearer wrote to us distancing her local HSC chapter:
“I can say with CONFIDENCE that we have NOTHING to do with VHP … [VHP] is IRRELEVANT TO OUR ORGANIZATION” (emphasis in original)
The level of interest in getting to the truth is evidenced, for instance, by the public discussion that the Stanford HSC chapter organized on June 5, 2007. A video recording of the meeting has a statement endorsing the efforts of the CSFH:
“We recognize that organizations like CSFH can be valuable partners in helping us stay clear of fundamentalism, and thus, their activism is of great benefit and will act as our conscience” (see http://www.stanford.edu/group/hsc/video.html)
Meanwhile, the National HSC has responded with ad-hominem attacks on members of CSFH, without any substantive response to the evidence.1 Might this be the reaction from those who know the evidence against them is overwhelming?
Objectives of this Report:
To continue CSFH’s positive engagement with local HSC chapters and its membership who have remained unaware of the National HSCs connections with the violent Hindutva movement. CSFH believes that this generation of Indian-American youth would not willingly or knowingly participate in politics that supports or affirms violence in the name of religion or nation. Unlike the National HSC, we feel that local HSC chapter can be engaged in lively, strong discussions, discussions that will enrich us all and make us more aware of the political and social implications of our actions – even actions that we think are not “political” but simply express our urge to nurture our identity or learn about our heritage.
To continue to question the National HSC on its deep, long-standing connections with the Sangh Parivar, and its use of the large majority of its unsuspecting members to further the Sangh Parivar’s agenda of hate.
The Structure of the Report
We have received several requests from the larger Indian-American community seeking clarification on the evidence we presented. Chapter 1 is a consolidated summary of previously compiled information, most strikingly, the structural/organizational links between the National HSC and particular Sangh Parivar organizations. These links vary from the hosting of various Sangh Parivar websites by the HSC, what we call the IP infrastructure network, to the HSC being listed as a project on the VHP-A’s tax returns even as late as 2001. In our view, these connections cannot be coincidental and they call into question the claims of the National HSC that it “has been independently run since 1993” (see http://www.hscnet.org/fact.php).
On June 5, 2007, the HSC regional coordinator for Northern California spoke on the Stanford University Campus and made the four (4) claims outlined below – the sum total of HSC’s substantial response to our information:
a. That the Sangh Parivar IP infrastructure, which CSFH had established as linked to the HSC, is actually operated and run by a private company, Hindunet, Inc., and that the National HSC has had nothing to do with it since 1999.
b. That HSC’s legal “independence” from the VHP-A implies that the National HSC is ideologically independent from the Sangh.
c. That the attendance of National HSC members at Sangh Parivar meetings was in their individual capacity, and as such, the National HSC cannot be said to have been at the meetings;
d. That the list of speakers hosted by the HSC is “diverse” and that CSFH has ignored speakers other than those from the Sangh Parivar.
Chapter 2 responds to each of the above claims by bringing together new material that we have uncovered since June 2007, leading us to the conclusion that the National HSC has presented only part of the story.
Chapter 3 again invites engagement with local HSC chapters through a series of questions that can serve as starting points for discussion.
The reference to the "National HSC" in the title of this report, "Unmistakably Sangh: The National HSC and Its Hindutva Agenda" has been used in order to clearly indicate that it is the national organization of the HSC which has problematic ties to Hindutva groups. In doing so, we therefore want to highlight the clear distinction between the National HSC on one hand, and the local HSCs and their members on the other. Our goal here is dialogue, and we are as willing to learn from this process, as we know all of you are.
 See HSC's press release, dated May 23, 2007, available at http://www.hscnet.org/articles.php?pid=79 (archive)