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University of Missouri removes “inclusive terminology” guide after Hindus protest

University of Missouri (Mizzou) seems to have removed the “inclusive terminology” guide for “learning about inclusive language” from its website after Hindus felt ignored and protested.

“Faith and Religion” section of this guide, when  it was available on Mizzou website, defined some Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Atheist and Agnostic terms, but failed to mention any terms related to Hinduism. “This page may no longer exist” showed up when searched for this guide on the Mizzou website on June 23 morning.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in an email on June 22 night to Mizzou Interim Chancellor Dr. Hank Foley and Provost Dr. Garnett S. Stokes, urged them to issue an official apology and create an “honestly inclusive” “inclusive terminology” guide.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, had said that it seemed that Mizzou itself needed few lessons in diversity and inclusivity before it embarked upon talking about “productive dialogue about diversity and inclusion” and launching an “inclusive terminology” guide.

Rajan Zed had wondered how Mizzou simply ignored Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents (including about three million in USA). Moreover, Mizzou had considerable number of Hindu students and staff which would be directly affected by its policies, actions and misadventures.

On the one hand Mizzou claimed: “Inclusive language furthers social and cultural diversity in a positive way”; while on the other hand it just ignored a considerable chunk of the population which it was trying to address. It simply cast doubt at the seriousness and sincerity of Mizzou regarding its claims of and commitment to “inclusivity”, Zed had noted.

Founded in 1839, Mizzou in Columbia, which claims to be a “world-class research university”, is a $2.2 billion enterprise.

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