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Re-Vilifying Swastika: A History of Branding Hindu Icon as Symbol Of Hate

on 2020/7/31 11:14:05 ( 550 reads )


UNITED STATES, July 27, 2020 (Swarajyamag): (HPI note: this bill has been put on hold since this report was made.) American Christendom is at it again. Spearheaded by the Democrats, it is now trying to re-vilify the Swastika as a symbol of hate, through legislation, without telling the world that Hitler's Hakenkreuz (literally, "hooked cross") has nothing to do with the Indic symbol of peace and prosperity. US Senator Todd Kaminsky has sponsored the New York State Senate Bill SS6648. The Bill is co-sponsored by Senators Joseph Addabbo Jr, Alessandra Biaggi, John E. Brooks and David Carlucci -- all Democrats. The Bill requires that students through the curricula for grades six through twelve should be instructed regarding what it calls symbols of hate. The Bill, which has already passed the Senate states: In particular, it is vital for students to be aware of the meanings of the swastika commonly exhibited as the emblem of Nazi Germany -- as well as the noose -- commonly exhibited as a symbol of racism and intimidation.

Already American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD), an initiative of Viswa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA) has rightly protested against this Bill for the danger posed by the ignorance of not differentiating between the Swastika and the Nazi Hakenkreuz. Utsav Chakrabarty, Director of Advocacy and Awareness (VHPA), had succinctly expressed the Vedic-Buddhist-Jain view of the matter thus: We acknowledge the horrid way the swastika has been misused and misinterpreted. Even though Hitler never used the word "Swastika", and instead used the same symbol, calling it Hakenkreuz, for the past 70 years, the Swastika continues to remain a vilified and maligned symbol. This must be corrected. Instead of censoring the symbol, we must celebrate the positive history of it. We must reclaim it from Hitler and the followers of his hateful ideology. This wrong must be righted.

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