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India’s response to temple vandalism in Australia: ‘An attempt to sow seeds of hatred’

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The Indian High Commission in Canberra on Thursday “strongly” condemned the incidents of vandalism, including Three Hindu templesIn recent weeks in Melbourne. In the Australian state of Victoria, a third Hindu temple in a fortnight was allegedly vandalized.Khalistani Supporters with anti-India graffiti, according to a media report on Monday.

According to the Australia Today website, the management of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple, also known as the Hare Krishna Temple in Melbourne’s Albert Park, noticed that the walls of the venerable temple were covered with graffiti ” “Hindustan Mardabad” has been vandalized.

“The High Commission of India strongly condemns the deeply disturbing incidents of vandalism, including three Hindu temples in Melbourne in recent weeks. The frequency and impunity with which vandals seem to operate is alarming, as is the graffiti in which India The high commission said in a statement that these incidents were “clear attempts to sow hatred and division among the peaceful multi-faith and multicultural Indian-Australian community.”

It said the incidents indicated that pro-Khalistan elements were intensifying their activities in Australia, including members of banned terrorist organizations such as Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) and “other hostile agencies outside Australia”. being actively aided and abetted by. some time”

The commission said India has repeatedly shared its concerns with the Australian government. “It is hoped that not only the culprits will be brought to justice but also appropriate action will be taken to prevent further attempts,” he added.

“Furthermore, our concerns about the so-called referendums in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia announced by the banned organization Sikhs for Justice have been conveyed to the Australian Government. It has been highlighted to the Australian Government that the Indian Ensure the safety and security of community members and their properties in Australia, and not allow the use of Australian territory for activities prejudicial to India’s territorial integrity, security and national interest,” the statement read.

Recent incidents of vandalism:

On January 16, the historic Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carram Downs, Victoria was similarly vandalized.

On January 12, the Swaminarayan Temple in Melbourne was vandalized by ‘anti-social elements’ with anti-India graffiti.

The attack on the Iscan temple comes just two days after an emergency meeting of Victorian multi-faith leaders with the Victorian Multicultural Commission issued a statement condemning alleged Hindu hate speech by pro-Khalistani.

Last week, India condemned the vandalism of Hindu temples in Australia and said it had taken up the matter with the Australian government in Canberra and asked for speedy investigations against the culprits.

(with inputs from PTI)


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