HAF: NY Bill Has Removed Reference to Swastika as Fascist
India West Staff Reporter
WASHINGTON, DC – The Hindu American Foundation on April 28 tweeted that the New York Senate and State Assembly had dropped the reference to Hindu Swastika as an ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘fascist symbol’ in the ‘S7680’ and ‘A9155’ bills.
The bills are related to the storming of the Capitol on January 7 last year by Donald Trump supporters, putting the lives of legislators and others at risk. “The attackers carried white supremacist symbols including the flag known as the ‘Confederate battle flag’ as well as anti-Semitic and fascist symbols including swastikas,” the NY Senate bill had stated.
For Hindus the Swastika has far reaching meaning and the very opposite of hate and destruction. ‘Su’, which means “good,” and ‘Asti,’ means “to be.” It is understood that Hitler never used the word “Swastika” to refer to his symbol but called it the Hooked Cross or Haken Kreuz.
HAF tweeted, “After 4 months of relentless efforts by @hinduamerican working with allies, the word “Swastika” has been removed. More importantly, in another tweet it said, ““Despite the horrific history of Nazi Germany, we thank our Jewish allies for their generosity in helping us end the false identification of the Hakenkreuz with the #Swastika,” it added.
HAF is now working in CA, where the proposed bill AB 2282 will criminalize the Swastika as a hate symbol.
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