Indo Canadian launches Reclaim Swastika campaign: Canadian authorities took action against the use of the Nazi Swastika symbol following an increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Canada. Leaders like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have also condemned this. However, an Indo-Canadian community organization has now launched a campaign to stop and reclaim this symbol from being associated with the Hindu sacred symbol Swastika. The Indo-Canadian community has raised objections to criminal charges for using the Swastika.
Let us tell you that on November 5, there were demonstrations in Canada regarding the terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas on Israel on October 7. During this period, Jewish schools and community centers were targeted. Apart from this, the Swastika symbol was also displayed, on which Trudeau reacted. While posting on X, he had written that the display of Swastika by a person on Parliament Hill is unacceptable. Toronto police have also described the swastika as a symbol of hate and warned that its use could result in criminal charges.
Hindu organization gave information about Swastika
Concern has arisen in the Indo-Canadian community after the step taken by the Canadian government against the Swastika symbol. In this regard, an organization called Canadian Organization for Hindu Heritage Education (COHHE) has started its Reclaim Swastika campaign. In a letter to Toronto Police and other law enforcement officials, COHHE explained that the word Swastika in Sanskrit means auspiciousness and well-being of all. The Swastika symbol is very sacred.
Our #ReclaimHolySwastika The campaign needs your support to get the message across to all police forces and politicians across Canada to decriminalize our sacred Swastika.
We ask all Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and our allies to reply with the picture of the sacred Swastika inside… pic.twitter.com/Mt9lwmveKC
– koheofficial (@koheofficial) 19 November 2023
They are used extensively during worship rituals in our temples, homes and businesses. CoHHE board member Ruchi Wali said, “The Swastika is not a symbol of hate, it is used by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. Jaan is an ancient and sacred symbol.
Swastika is a symbol of many religions including Hinduism
The Canadian Organization for Hindu Heritage Education reported that the Nazis never used the swastika and instead used the leaning cross or Haken Kruse. The Swastika has been wrongly associated with the Nazi symbol. It is extremely anti-Hindu to call Swastika a symbol of hatred, whereas it is a symbol of peace and prosperity.
Richard Marceau, vice president general counsel of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), said the Nazi version of the swastika has recently raised its ugly head at several hate rallies across the country. However, we also recognize that the Swastika is a sacred symbol for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis. The ancient and rich heritage of Hindu symbols should not only be respected but also prevented from being used for racism and hatred.
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