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Social media users are thanking NASA for exposing Hinduphobia: Here is why

Two Indian American space scientists selected by NASA as interns received support on social media after they were brutally trolled by atheists and Hinduphobes who found an issue with photos and idols of Hindu goddesses being next to their workstations.

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New Delhi, First Published Jul 13, 2021, 9:04 PM IST
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Two Indian American space scientists selected by NASA as interns received support on social media after they were brutally trolled by atheists and Hinduphobes who found an issue with photos and idols of Hindu goddesses being next to their workstations.

The controversy began when the US space NASA posted a photo of interns Pratima Roy and Pooja Roy on their Twitter handle while calling for fresh applicants.

Spotting the image, a section of social media users questioned NASA over the need to put up a stereotypical image of an Indian girl. Another section of people slammed the presence of idols at the workspace of a NASA intern.

Some social media users even doubted the interns' scientific temperament considering their beliefs. One such Twitter handle, which goes by the name 'Mission Ambedkar', posted, "After seeing this we said; Science ka naash kar diya NASA ne" (NASA has destroyed science).

'Bigotry makes my faith stronger'

Responding to the trolls, Pratima replied on Twitter, "The vicious attacks on my sister and me are proof that Hinduphobia is real. My Gods are my inspiration to achieve a greater aim in my life. Science and Sanatana Dharma can co-exist because our civilization isn't/has never been dogmatic beyond reason."

"It is not surprising that those who believe in flat earth theory are jealous over Hindu devotee women achieving in science and technology. Carry on. Your bigotry will make my faith stronger," the NASA data analyst intern added.

Social media comes in support

Pratima received massive support on social media, with many exposing the bigotry.

Many users said they were shocked by the level of Hinduphobia that existed in the world.

Thanking NASA for helping expose Hinduphobia, many said there was no reason why Pratima's faith should be a reason to doubt her credentials to be an intern at NASA.

Many said that while dissing on a girl who is proud of her roots, so many people had exposed their casual bigotry and racism.

Besides being interns at the NASA Glenn Research Center, the sisters have also been pursuing Computer Engineering from the New York City College of Technology.

As part of their internship, the sisters on projects associated with NASA's Artemis project that aims to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024.

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