Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has taken note of Audrey Truschke, Assistant Professor of South Asian History at Rutgers University, who has again caused a serious uproar among Hindus due to her inflammatory remarks on Lord Ram.
Audrey Truschke recently tweeted that in the Ramayana, Sita described Lord Rama, her consort, as a “misogynistic pig.” Sita is worshipped by practicing Hindus as an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Prosperity.
HAF noted that Audrey Truschke has frequently courted controversy and ‘baited twitterati, intentionally offered a provocative and incendiary interpretation of the Ramayana.’
In a press release, the HAF said that:
“Dr. Robert P. Goldman, a professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and the academic whose translation Truschke cited, described Truschke’s interpretation as “quite shocking” and “highly inappropriate” in a private email. He further noted that while “extremely disturbing, “ it wasn’t “unexpected to learn that AT [Audrey Truschke] has used such inappropriate language.”
HAF also said that Truschke’s activities on Twitter “seem calculated to outrage and offend the sensibilities of Hindus, to no apparent greater purpose, and is devoid of any academic integrity.”
The group condemned the threats Audrey Truschke allegedly received but said that ‘her juvenile and incendiary actions, particularly at a time when relations between scholars and practicing Hindus are at a low ebb, are unbefitting of any serious scholar.’