India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to supporters in New Delhi on January 16, 2023. “Hinduphobia” is largely designed to mute criticism of Hindu nationalism generally and of human-rights abuses against Indian minorities under Modi’s government, says one critic of the term. PHOTO BY SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Hindu-Canadian activists have begun quietly campaigning for official recognition of what they call Hinduphobia, a form of discrimination they argue is distinct and widespread.

They’ve scored some success on the municipal level, and recently had the ear of a senior federal cabinet minister.