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The tag description says:

Anti-Hinduism is a misguided negative perception or religious intolerance against the practice and practitioners of Hinduism.

I find creation and usage of such tags disturbing.

If we allow such tags, I can imagine users in the future creating other tags like "pro-islam", "pro-single-religion" etc. and we'll start losing focus on Q & A and enter into a game of asking politically motivated questions and calling each other names.

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    Yeah, I agree, the anti-Hinduism tag should probably be removed. It would have a legitimate use if there were a bunch of questions being posted about discrimination and violence that Hindus face, which I think would be a legitimate subject here just as Islamophobia is a legitimate topic on Islam.SE. But for the time being people haven't posted such questions. Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 21:58
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    I don't think it's a wise idea to introduce this tag.
    – Mr. Alien
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 10:16
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    Can't we just go by some generic tag like scripture for this question and avoid thinking about complementary tag for anti-hinduism and just remove it from everywhere? Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 10:39
  • I have removed anti-hinduism from the questions. Replaced it with scripture which would be relevant to the question. Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 6:49

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Above discussions are fruitful,

But what i think that we have to use words for tags like this carefully which new user can easily understand and can use without offending enmasse.

sounds fine in questions which are clearly appear as that they have somewhat negative perception and want to clear there thoughts.

But for other questions which did not fall in this category we can use tags like .


a sceptical attitude; doubt as to the truth of something.

Because i observe that most of the new user afraid of asking questions regrading their doubts they may think that they are offending someone.

Although i am relatively new user here but above are my personal thought as i am generally a observer here.

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    skepticism is a good idea. Just to be noted, that there is a dedicated site for it: skeptics.stackexchange.com. However, it sounds little lighter compared to criticism and can workout as an addon tag.
    – iammilind
    Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 10:50
  • @iammilind yup i know they have religion tag there where they ask the questions on doubt about various religions without anyone offending no one. :) Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 10:57

How about a tag like:
or .

Without insulting, it will provide a platform for those questions, which actually question or criticises the Hinduism itself.

Note: There is a wikipedia article on it, but it's very specific criticism. Hence it's not related.

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    Great idea! A lot of questions can be posted under that tag like Jainism, Buddhism criticizing Hinduism on various philosophical topics.
    – Pinakin
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 17:34
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    I agree with the tag like this but if we only have one tag criticism instead of criticism of hinduism it might have a broader scope. Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 9:08
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    @Abhishekgurjar That idea is great. Just criticism sounds fine. Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 9:47
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    @Abhishekgurjar, actually I had thought about putting just criticism tag. However, later I retracted it, because people may use that tag for within Hinduism as well. For example, "criticism of Shankara", "criticism of Ramanuja", "criticism of castes" and so on. That means, they are just criticising certain specific aspect. But keeping your POV in mind, may be we can have criticism tag separately as well.
    – iammilind
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 10:05
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    @iammilind I got you, but i think criticism is only serve as side tag and we can create a good tag wiki for it for when to use and how to use and also be nice policy is still applied on all stack exchange websites so i think user will already be careful in their words. Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 10:15
  • criticism-of-hinduism looks off-topic for me!
    – Pandya Mod
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 9:20

According to wikipedia:

Anti-Hinduism is a negative perception or religious intolerance against the practice and practitioners of Hinduism.

So, it is simply about against practices and practitioners of Hinduism. Now if you think Hinduism is Dharma, then anti-Hinduism is simply Adharma.

From Srimad Bhagavat Purana 7.15.12:

विधर्मः परधर्मश्च आभास उपमा छलः।
अधर्मशाखाः पञ्चेमा धर्मज्ञोऽधर्मवत्त्यजेत् ॥


There are five branches of irreligion, appropriately known as irreligion [vidharma], religious principles for which one is unfit [para-dharma], pretentious religion [ābhāsa], analogical religion [upadharma] and cheating religion [chala-dharma]. One who is aware of real religious life must abandon these five as irreligious.

So, if you need such tag you can use tag . (or may also work)

I think we should not use/allow tag .

In fact I think anti-hinduism is modern idea and is not on-topic or in our scope of this site. Example, this question was (before deletion) closed as off-topic:

This question does not appear to be about Hindu religion, within the scope defined in the help center.

There are currently two question in our site (I've corrected/fixed one where this tag is used incorrectly I think) tagged to :

  1. Wendy Doniger and the Bhagavad Gita
  2. Do Hindu texts talk about how to respond to ideology which is against Hinduism?

The first one is closed as primarily opinion based which I think off-topic also. And the second one is only surviving for this tag which can be answered from Dharma-Shahtra I think but we don't need .

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    adharma means any type of sin in general (within Hinduism), using the same tag for criticism-of-hinduism (coming from other religions) is definitely misleading. Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 21:09

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