American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) and HinduPACT on Caste

Understanding Caste and Hindu Hate

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The word “caste” is of Portuguese origin (Casta ‘lineage, race, breed’) and was used to categorize diverse professional guilds in Asia by European colonial powers in the 18th century, to mirror those that existed in late 16th century Europe. There is no reference to the word “caste” in any of the canonical Hindu scriptures nor in any other religious or philosophical school that originated in the Indian subcontinent.

This is the third attempt in past few months, and second in two weeks to designate Swastika as a hate symbol through a legislation.

We have launched a petition, where we are seeking your “general consent” – whereby we will use the same petition with and the signatories every time a state legislation against Swastika comes up. Please sign the petition by clicking the link here:

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The two symbols represent the two forms of the creator god Brahma: facing right it represents the evolution of the universe (Devanagari: प्रवृत्ति, Pravritti), facing left it represents the involution of the universe (Devanagari: निवृत्ति, Nivritti). It is also seen as pointing in all four directions (north, east, south and west) and thus signifies a grounded stability. Its use as a Sun symbol can first be seen in its representation of the god Surya (Devanagari: सूर्य, Sun). The swastika is considered extremely holy and auspicious by all Hindus, and is regularly used to decorate items related to Hindu culture. It is used in all Hindu yantras (Devanagari: यंत्र) and religious designs. Throughout the subcontinent of India, it can be seen on the sides of temples, religious scriptures, gift items, and letterheads. The Hindu deity Ganesh (Devanagari: गणेश) is often shown sitting on a lotus flower on a bed of swastikas. Swastika also means “well being”​

Central motif on Nazi banners is a hooked cross or hakenkreuz. He notes that Adolf Hitler never used the world “swastika” in Mein Kampf, and that it was English translators who introduce the term in the parlance. Nakagaki, who has a masters degree in linguistics from California State University, suspects that using “swastika” instead of “hooked cross” was meant to distance the Nazi symbol from Christian symbology. 

T.K. Nakagaki, a Japanese Buddhist priest and linguist who wrote the book The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler’s Cross: Rescuing a Symbol of Peace from the Forces of Hate.


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Anyway, whatever the origin was, the Swastika now stands for the badge of fellowship among Scouts all over the world, among Scouts all over the world, and when anyone has done a kindness to a Scout it is their privilege to present him or her with this token of their gratitude, which makes him a sort of member of the Brotherhood, and entitles him to the help of any other Scout at any time and at any place…

Baden Powell, Founder of Scouts

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