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Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar Leads Condemnation Against Vandalization of Gandhi Statue in NY

Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar Leads Condemnation Against Vandalization of Gandhi Statue in NY

Assemblywoman Rajkumar’s office

India-West News Desk

RICHMOND HILL, NY – A statue of Mahatma Gandhi that stood outside of the Shri Tulsi Mandir temple was vandalized on August 3. The statue was found on the ground with the hand and arm broken, the NYPD said. Earlier this year, Indian American members of the community recalled to the media, a similar situation had happened at Union Square where another statue of the Indian leader had been defaced.

Reacting swiftly, State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, held a press conference on August 9 at the temple to condemn the vandalization reportedly done by three as yet unidentified people. Several elected officials were present.

Congressman Gregory Meeks said, “I condemn the vile desecration of the Mohandas Gandhi statue at the Tulsi Mandir. Acts of hate have no place in our community and nation and the perpetrators need to be held accountable.” 

In an earlier statement, Rajkumar, the first Hindu American in NY’s Assembly said, “A central tenet of Hinduism is inclusivity and mutual respect toward people of all faiths. Hindus believe not just intolerance, but in one step more than tolerance- actively loving and respecting people of different backgrounds and faiths. This was Mahatma Gandhi’s dream- a peaceful, loving world. We have achieved Gandhi’s dream in Richmond Hill, where Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, and Christians live together in harmony, often on the same block.”

Assemblywoman Rajkumar’s office

She further added that the desecration of Gandhi statues and anti-Hindu hate crimes would not be tolerated in Richmond Hill or anywhere across New York State. She said, “At a time when our city is experiencing a 127% increase in hate crimes, elected officials and community leaders will gather together tomorrow in my district at Tulsi Mandir to condemn hate crimes against any group based on their religion or ethnicity.” Rajkumar further called for the classification of vandalism as a hate crime during the investigation.

Present at the press conference were, Pandit Lakhram Maharaj, founder of Shri Tulsi Mandir, Executive Director of the Hindu American Foundation Suhag Shukla, NY State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.,NY  Assemblyman David Weprin, New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, among others.  

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  • Gandhi statues have also been vandalized in the City of Davis, California where a University of California campus is located. Before the vandalization I had reported to the Consul General of India in San Francisco about some pictures of protest marches against Gandhiji in that area calling Gandhi a follower of Apartheid etc. in a Facebook posting. And the Consul General had replied that they were aware of the protests.

    August 11, 2022
  • No world politician or laws can stop killing and hate when our education system is faulty .
    Hate snd love are both part of human nature .
    Few culture teach how to hate .
    These teaching if not stopped how you stop hate .
    Sanatan dharma teaching needed in each school from young sge .
    Laws of karma snd reincarnation teaching can only help human society

    August 12, 2022
  • Gandhi became famous due to hindus . He taught hindus for non-violence but was afraid to tell muslims same teaching of non-violence . Under him hindus were fooled and lost 1/3 india and Nehru who was a muslim too fooled hindus by letting muslim back in india and not declaring india a hindu nation so hindus never prosper .

    August 12, 2022

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