Divya Dwivedi and Shaj Mohan | Photo: Wikipedia
Renowned philosophers and scientists, including Slavoj Zizek, Stuart Kauffman, Étienne Balibar, Antonio Negri, Barbara Cassin, and Frederic Worms, have expressed concern for and solidarity with philosophers Divya Dwivedi and Shaj Mohan, who are facing threats for their stand against Hindutva fascism in India.
According to their statement published in the leading French newspaper MediaPart, “Divya Dwivedi and Shaj Mohan are among the most important philosophers in the world alive today. Dwivedi and Mohan have developed their thought beyond the “western” concept of philosophy within a community of friendship with Jean-Luc Nancy, Bernard Stiegler, Achille Mbembe, and Barbara Cassin. Their project with Jean-Luc Nancy was to find a new beginning for philosophy beyond the geo-politicised and “racialised” histories of philosophy while acknowledging the insights of the deconstruction of philosophy undertaken by Heidegger and Derrida. Their research contributions are valuable not just to the discipline of philosophy, but also science and politics. Therefore, we express solidarity with the philosophers Divya Dwivedi and Shaj Mohan,” it reads.
In January 2021, along with J Reghu, they published the seminal long essay “Hindu Hoax: How the Upper Castes Invented a Hindu Majority”.
At that time, Le Monde reported that the authors received threats for their stand on the matter. Jean-Luc Nancy, who passed away in August 2021, wrote in the newspaper 'Liberation' defending their position and expressing serious concern.
The continuing atmosphere of intimidation to which Dwivedi and Mohan are subjected is due to their commitment to justice and human rights and their refusal to participate in the nativist academic paradigms, including decolonisation projects.
In India, anti-caste activists, intellectuals, human rights activists, politicians of the opposition parties, and journalists are routinely harassed through social media, fake news, arrests, raids and intimidation. Women who express their opinions against the government and Hindus have to suffer sexist and misogynistic attacks in public spaces, they added.