A BAPS Swaminarayan temple in Toronto, Canada has been defaced with pro-Khalistan and anti-Bharat slogans in yet another anti-Hindu hate crime from the Anglosphere. Videos showed ‘Khalistan Zindabad, Hindustan Murdabad’ painted on the walls of the temple.
Indian High Commission in Ottawa has condemned the acts of vandalism and urged the Canadian authorities to take necessary action.
Sikh activist Puneet Sahani, who routinely busts Khalistani propaganda, called out this hate crime and challenged Canadian politicians to tackle this ugly extremism head on by tweeting, “Can @PierrePoilievre assure his Conservatives wouldn’t indulge in identity-politics? Can his deputy @TimUppal condemn this act unequivocally & assure that he’d not overlook Khalistan extremism when in power?”
Chandra Arya, a Canadian Member of Parliament, also tweeted, “Vandalism of Toronto BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir by Canadian Khalistani extremists should be condemned by all. This is not just an isolated event. Canadian Hindu temples have been targeted in the recent past by these kinds of hate crimes. Hindu Canadians are legitimately concerned.”
The BAPS mandir in Toronto has issued an appeal for peace –
Hindu temples have faced a string of attacks, including both vandalism and robberies, in Canada, USA, UK and Australia in recent years. In February, 6 Hindu temples were vandalized or burgled in Toronto within a span of just 10 days. In August, a Hindu temple in New York, USA was vandalized. In September last year, a Hindu temple in Swindon, UK was desecrated and burgled for the fifth time.
Apart from this, there have been several racial attacks on Hindus in recent times, including one shocking Hinduphobic tirade by a Khalistani supporter at a Taco Bell fast food joint in California, USA. Khalistani sympathizers living in the West have also abused and provoked Hindus over the anti-farm law protests.