HAF Responds to WSJ's 'Hindu Headache' 

New York, NY (August 18, 2009) - The following Letter to the Editor was published in the Wall Street Journal - Asia in response to the Salil Tripathy's July 31, 2009 Op-Ed entitled 'Hindu Headache'.

Hindu Hypersensitivity

Salil Tripathi argues in the "Hindu Headache" (Taste, July 31) that the Hindu American Foundation and other groups that promote religious understanding and pluralism "appear hypersensitive" because they speak out against misportrayal of Hindu beliefs and practices.

The Hindu American Foundation prevailed on Sept. 1, 2006, in its lawsuit against the California State Board of Education, where the court ruled the state had singled out Hindus in its social studies textbooks. The Southern Poverty Law Center bankrupted the Ku Klux Klan through such litigation through the 1970s, '80s and early '90s.

Danish cartoons led to killings, mass riots and chaos in some Muslim countries. Given that, it is incredible to see Mr. Tripathi demean the legal and advocacy work of the Hindu American Foundation and other such groups as hurting the "image of Hindus abroad" and advise Hindus to "take in stride any slights the world wants to throw their way."

Sheetal Shah
Director of Development 
Hindu American Foundation 
New York