Washington: Indian-Americans protested peacefully in Time Square in Washington against the recent rising incidents of hate crimes and vandalism of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, a priest of non-violence.
The demonstration was organized in collaboration with other community organizations and the ‘Federation of Indian Americans’ (FIA). Those who took part in the demonstration urged the Joe Biden administration and other state governments to take action against such cases.
Community representatives also expressed concern over the recent attacks on Mahatma Gandhi statues in New York and other US cities. Silence and prayers were observed to pay homage to all the heroes who laid down their lives to protect the lives of the victims and people.
Addressing the gathering, India’s Consul General in New York Randhir Jaiswal stressed the need to be vigilant against hate crimes and terrorism and to adopt harmony and non-violence, which is the teaching of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Jaiswal also paid tribute to the victims of 9/11.
FIA President Kenny Desai said in his address that there is nothing better than a peaceful march to bring the issue to the attention of the authorities concerned. He said, “On this day we remember and pay tribute to those who lost their lives, let us work peacefully with resolve to end extremism and hate-crime.”
Community leader and head of ‘Rajasthan Association of North America’ Prem Bhandari said that there is a lot to be learned from Mahatma Gandhi’s values. He strongly condemned the recent sabotage incidents where the statue of the great global leader was desecrated and destroyed.
FIA President Ankur Vaidya and Chairman of ‘Bihar Foundation of North America’ Alok Kumar also shared their views on the occasion.