Discussion On Harmony And Safety Within The Indian American Community Held
India-West Staff Reporter
MILPITAS, CA – A roundtable discussion was held here with officials from the Department of Justice and members of the Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Muslim communities to address recent concerns amongst Indian Americans of safety and security, and tensions within.
The meeting came after a group of Khalistan supporters this month attacked and damaged the Indian Consulate in San Francisco.
The March 29 event, a press release said, aimed to promote understanding and The attendees engaged in a respectful and productive dialog, sharing their thoughts, ideas, and experiences. The discussion highlighted the importance of respecting and valuing diverse perspectives within the community.
Department of Justice representatives Harpreet Mokha and Vincent Player were present at the event to listen to the community’s concerns and offer support.
After the attack on the Indian consulate here, participants discussed strategies to ensure that those in need of visas, passports, and OCI services can access them without facing protesters or feeling unsafe.
The attendees emphasized the importance of peaceful protests and the need for education and training for community members on how to protest peacefully and within the limits of the law. Violent protestors and abusive behavior have no place in society, and it’s essential to prevent these incidents from occurring, they concurred.
“We are here today to come together and have a conversation about how we can promote understanding, build stronger relationships, and ensure safety and security for everyone,” said Ajay Bhutoria who hosted the roundtable. “By coming together today, we can begin to develop strategies and solutions to promote peace, harmony, and understanding within our community.”