Outrage After Mahatma Gandhi’s Statue Broken, Ripped From Base In California


2021-01-30 06:35:43

Outrage After Mahatma Gandhi's Statue Broken, Ripped From Base In California

The 6-ft tall, 294 kg bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi was in the Central Park of Davis, California

Washington:

A group of unknown people have vandalised, broken and ripped from the base a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a park in the US state of California, shocking and outraging Indian-Americans across the country, who have demanded that the officials investigate it as an incident of hate crime.

The 6-ft tall, 650-pound (294 kg) bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi, in the Central Park of the City of Davis in northern California, appeared to have been sawed off at the ankles and half its face was severed and missing, local news firm Davis Enterprise reported.

The vandalised statue of Mahatma Gandhi was found by a park employee in the early hours of the morning of January 27, the police said.

The statue is being removed and will be stored in a safe place until it can be evaluated, said Davis City councilman Lucas Frerichs.

Investigators are still unsure of when exactly the statue was torn down or what the motive may have been, another local news firm Sacramento Bee reported.

Seeing as it’s a cultural icon to a portion of the people in Davis, we are taking it very seriously, Deputy Chief Paul Doroshov of the Davis Police Department was quoted as saying by the daily.

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which was donated by the Indian government to the city of Davis, was installed by the city council four years ago amidst protests from anti-Gandhi and anti-India organisations.

Organisation for Minorities in India (OFMI), which spearheaded these protests and opposed the installation of the statue. The City of Davis had however voted to go ahead with the installation. Since then OFMI had launched a campaign to remove the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Indian-Americans have expressed deep anguish and shock at the incident.

“An atmosphere of hatred was being created by many anti-India and hinduphobic radical organisations like OFMI and other Khalistani separatists for many years now,” said Guarang Desai of Friends of India Society International (FISI).

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“They have not only run hate campaigns against Indian icons but have been at the forefront of attempts to push hinduphobia and erase India from California school textbooks,” Mr Desai said.

In 2016, the OFMI was part of a campaign to remove the mentions of ‘India’ from the sixth and seventh grade California school textbooks and replace them with ‘South Asia’. After massive protests from parents and students, the California Department of Education had dropped the controversial changes.

Appalled at the desecration, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has demanded that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigate the incident as a hate crime.

We condemn this cowardly desecration and call upon the Department of Homeland Security and FBI to investigate this hate crime, as it was likely done with the intention of intimidating the Indian American community, said HAF California Advocacy Director Easan Katir, a former member of the Davis Business and Finance Commission.

We urge local police to apprehend the perpetrators and call upon the city council to resurrect the statue as a statement that such destructive acts are not in harmony with our community standards, Easan Katir said.

Make no mistake HAF said in a tweet this is not about legacy of Mahatma Gandhi as a person, but about intimidating India and Indian-Americans.

The vandalism was praised on Twitter by a pro-Khalistan separatist group In California, who shared photos of the destroyed statue, and others who stated today is a good day.

This is not the first time a statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been desecrated. In December 2020, “Khalistani-supporters” had desecrated a Mahatma Gandhi statue in Washington, DC in front of the Indian Embassy.
 

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