Hindu Forum Canada joined by Canada Hindu Schools, Moksh Dwar Hindu Cremation Services, Canada Hindu Schools, Shirdi Sainath Mandir, Canada Hindu Volunteers, Voice for Safe Schools, Canadian Academy of Science Education & Culture and several other organizations staged a protest at the University of Toronto against the University’s involvement in the Dismantling Global Hindutva conference, a Hinduphobic event scheduled to concur with the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attack on World Trade Cente.
Tahir Aslam Gora of HFC was accompanied by representatives from the other organizations and several individuals from the Canadian Hindu diaspora.
In an official statement issued earlier in the day, Professor Rhonda McEwen. VicePrincipal, University of Toronto Mississauga said “the University of Toronto Mississauga is not hosting the upcoming event, ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva’. Nor was the U of T/UTM involved in the organizing or planning of this conference”
In a meeting with Ms Rhonda the previous day, Canada Hindu community leaders requested her to explicitly denouce hatred towards Hindtuva, Hinduism and Hindutva. Ms Rhonda’s abovementioned statement clearly fell short that. When contacted about this, Ms Rhonda refused to make any further statement.
Disappointed with the lukewarm response from the University, the congregation announced at the protest, that they are putting the University on notice, that should the University’s participation in the said conference directly or indirectly cause an act of bias, discrimination, violence, bullying or any other such acts of hate against a member of the Hindu Community within the University of Toronto or any other Canadian University or within schools, colleges, offices or other such places in Canada or within the Canadian Hindu community at large or against any Canadian Hindu group, business, association, institution or other such Canadian Hindu entity, the University will be held liable and that legal remedy will be sought from the competent Constitutional authority.
Meanwhile, on Saturday a Hindu family was attacked while they were performing a private religious ceremony in a park in Mississauga, Canada. Police suspect it to be a hate crime and are trying to identify those responsible.
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