Vishva Hindu Parishad

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The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP, Hindi विश्व हिंदू परिषद् viśva hindū pariṣad , "World Hindu Council") is a Hindu nationalist organization in India . She counts them to the Hindu nationalist organizations, which are often summarized under the name Sangh Parivar . It was founded in 1964.

The ideology of the VHP can be summarized with the term ' Hindutva '. The declared aim of the VHP is to strengthen the self-confidence and position of the Hindus , which has been weakened in the past by violent conversions and proselytizing . Hinduism did not begin until the 19th century with proselytizing people of different faiths. The main opponents here are Islam and, to a lesser extent, Christianity (which is numerically less important in India) . The Buddhists , Jains and Sikhs , on the other hand, are seen as part of a larger Hindu community.

The VHP has often come under criticism because, on the one hand, regardless of its name, it is not an authorized organ of the global Hindu community, and on the other hand, because it supports or even initiated communalist activities in many ways , which ultimately result in violent riots against dissidents or relatives other religious communities ended. The VHP was instrumental in the preparations for the destruction of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya in 1992 . He is committed to the rebuilding of the Ram Janmabhumi Temple on the site of the destroyed Babri Mosque.

The US preselection candidate Tulsi Gabbard attended several conferences of the Vishva Hindu Parishad of America and received campaign contributions from members of this organization. The organization is considered the American arm of the Indian VHP. 11 organizations of South Asian migrants called the VHP a hate group in an open letter to Gabbard and urged them to sever their connection with the VHP.

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  1. Conversion and Reconversion in Hinduism , Thomas Krüppner,, November 11, 2006
  2. ^ Tulsi Gabbard Is a Rising Progressive Star, Despite Her Support for Hindu Nationalists , Soumya Shankar, The Intercept, January 5, 2019
  3. US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Urged to Sever Ties with Indian 'Hate Groups' , Pieter Friedrich,, August 9, 2018