Washington: Unknown miscreants have vandalised, damaged and ripped from the bottom a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a park within the US state of California, stunning and outraging Indian-People throughout the nation, who’ve demanded that the officers examine it as an incident of hate crime.
The 6-ft tall, 650-pound (294 kg) bronze statue of Gandhi, within the Central Park of the Metropolis of Davis in Northern California, appeared to have been sawed off on the ankles and half its face was severed and lacking, native Davis Enterprise day by day reported.
The vandalised statue of Mahatma Gandhi was discovered by a park worker within the early hours of morning of January 27, the police mentioned. The statue is being eliminated and will likely be saved in a secure place till it may be evaluated, mentioned Davis Metropolis councilman Lucas Frerichs.
Investigators are nonetheless uncertain of when precisely the statue was torn down or what the motive might have been, The Sacramento Bee reported. Seeing as it is a cultural icon to a portion of the folks in Davis, we’re taking it very significantly, Deputy Chief Paul Doroshov of the Davis Police Division was quoted as saying by the day by day.
The statue of Gandhi, which was donated by the Indian authorities to town of Davis, was put in by town council 4 years in the past amidst protests from anti-Gandhi and anti-India organisations. Organisation for Minorities in India (OFMI), which spearheaded these protests and opposed the set up of the statue. The Metropolis of Davis had nevertheless voted to go forward with the set up. Since then OFMI had launched a marketing campaign to take away the Gandhi statue.
Indian-People have expressed deep anguish and shock on the incident. An environment of hatred was being created by many anti-India and hinduphobic radical organisations like OFMI and different Khalistani separatists for a few years now, mentioned Guarang Desai of Pals of India Society Worldwide (FISI).
They haven’t solely run hate campaigns in opposition to Indian icons however have been on the forefront of makes an attempt to push hinduphobia and erase India from California college textbooks, Desai mentioned. In 2016, the OFMI was a part of a marketing campaign to take away the mentions of ‘India’ from the sixth and seventh grade California college textbooks and exchange them with South Asia’. After huge protests from mother and father and college students, the California Division of Training had dropped the controversial adjustments.
Appalled on the desecration, the Hindu American Basis (HAF) has demanded that the Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) examine the incident as a hate crime. We condemn this cowardly desecration and name upon the Division of Homeland Safety and FBI to research this hate crime, because it was doubtless executed with the intention of intimidating the Indian American group, mentioned HAF California Advocacy Director Easan Katir, a former member of the Davis Enterprise and Finance Fee.
We urge native police to apprehend the perpetrators and name upon town council to resurrect the statue as a press release that such harmful acts aren’t in concord with our group requirements, Katir mentioned. Make no mistake HAF mentioned in a tweet this isn’t about legacy of Gandhi as an individual, however about intimating India and Indian People..
On Saturday, India strongly condemned the vandalisation of a statue and took up the matter with the US, looking for applicable motion in opposition to these answerable for the “despicable act”.
“The federal government of India strongly condemns this malicious and despicable act in opposition to a universally revered icon of peace and justice,” the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) mentioned.
It mentioned the Indian embassy in Washington has taken up the matter with the US Division of State for an intensive investigation into the incident and applicable motion in opposition to these answerable for it.
In a press release, the MEA mentioned the US Division of State has conveyed that the act of vandalism is unacceptable and expressed the hope that the perpetrators will likely be dropped at justice as rapidly as potential.
“The Consulate Common of India in San Francisco has individually taken up the matter with town of Davis and native regulation enforcement authorities, which have initiated the investigations,” it mentioned.
The MEA mentioned the Mayor of Davis has deeply regretted the incident and knowledgeable that they’ve initiated an investigation.
The Vandalism Was Praised On Twitter Group In California, Who Shared Images Of The Destroyed Statue, And Others Who Acknowledged Right this moment Is A Good Day. This isn’t the primary time a statue of Gandhi has been desecrated. In December 2020, Khalistani-supporters had desecrated a Mahatma Gandhi statue in Washington, DC in entrance of the Indian Embassy.