Several Indian-American organisations in US on Sunday strongly condemned the violent toppling of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in California and expressed hope that these accountable for the despicable act might be delivered to justice.
The 6-ft tall, 650-pound (294 kg) bronze statue of Gandhi within the Central Park of the City of Davis in Northern California was vandalised, damaged and ripped from the bottom by unknown individuals early this week.
“We call upon the City of Davis to immediately commence a thorough process to bring the perpetrators of this act to justice and reinstall a statue that pays homage to this apostle of peace,” non-profit organisation Indiaspora mentioned in an announcement.
“It is especially ironic that the statue of a leader who was among the foremost historical giants of non-violent civil protest was torn down in this manner,” Indiaspora mentioned.
In 2016, the Davis City Council voted to proceed with the set up of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue within the metropolis’s Central Park.
The statue of Gandhi, which was donated by the Indian authorities to the town of Davis, was put in by the town council 4 years in the past amid protests from anti-Gandhi and anti-India organisations.
“Any subsequent decision to the contrary, if at all, should have been arrived at via non-violent and democratic means,” Indiaspora mentioned.
“Mahatma Gandhi, like many iconic figures who are globally revered for their leadership in just and noble causes, was not a perfect man. But vandalising and desecrating his statue is surely unacceptable in America, a nation that prides itself on the peaceful and democratic resolution of differences of opinion,” Indiaspora mentioned.
Strongly condemning the desecration and destruction of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Davis’s city in California, Indian National Overseas Congress (INOC) mentioned that it’s extra hurtful to see that the individuals who had carried out this despicable act on the eve of January 30th, the day when Mahatma Gandhi paid the last word sacrifice for each Indian’s freedom.
“We are grateful to the City of Davis for starting a formal investigation and hope that the perpetrators who have done this horrible deed will be found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” INOC mentioned. “
Mahatma Gandhi was a champion of peaceable protests and vandalizing his statue wouldn’t advance anybody’s political agenda. Still, it’s going to solely play into the palms of those that need to carry polarization and division to our neighborhood,” it mentioned.
Indian American Muslim Council mentioned that the “heinous act has hurt the sentiments”, not simply of the Indian American neighborhood, however hundreds of thousands of individuals within the United States who proceed to be impressed by Mahatma Gandhi’s wrestle for peace, pluralism and justice.
In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs mentioned the US Department of State has conveyed that the act of vandalism is unacceptable and expressed the hope that the perpetrators might be delivered to justice as shortly as potential.
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