PM Modi: On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day visit to Australia, discussed the matter of temple attacks in the country, saying that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had promised to take “strict actions against such elements in the future.”
PM Modi and PM Albanese Address Temple Attacks in Australia
PM Modi stated during a joint talk with his Australian counterpart Albanese, “PM Anthony Albanese and I have previously discussed the issue of attacks on temples in Australia and the activities of separatist elements. We also talked about it today. We shall not accept those elements that, via their actions or beliefs, undermine the friendly and warm connections between India and Australia. PM Albanese told me today that he will continue to take strict measures against such elements. Notably, multiple examples of Khalistani fanaticism and brawls between Khalistani activists and pro-India demonstrators have recently surfaced in Australia. Recently, Indian flags were burned, and a Hindu temple was vandalised in Australia.”
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Australian PM Albanese Assures Respect and Protection for All Faiths
In response to a media question on the assurances given to his Indian counterpart by the Australian Prime Minister, Albanese stated, “I gave him the assurance that Australia is a country that respects people’s faith.” That we will not allow the extreme activities and attacks on religious buildings, whether Hindu temples, mosques, synagogues, or churches. This is not acceptable in Australia.” “And we will take every action possible, through our police and security agencies, to ensure that anyone responsible faces the full force of the law.” “We’re a tolerant multicultural nation, and this activity has no place in Australia,” he said, according to the statement.
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Vandalism Targets Hindu Temples in Australia
In March of this year, pro-Khalistan activists vandalised the Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple in Brisbane, Australia. “This latest hate crime is a pattern of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) globally, clearly attempting to terrorise Australian Hindus,” said Sarah Gates, Director of Hindu Human Rights. In conjunction with a deluge of propaganda, unlawful signage, and cyberbullying, the organisation plans to convey all-encompassing threats, terror, and intimidation,” according to The Australia Today. The BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Australia’s Mill Park was defaced with anti-India and anti-Hindu graffiti on January 12. The temple, located in the Mill Park neighbourhood, was vandalised by anti-India extremists, with anti-India slogans inscribed on its walls, according to The Australia Today. On January 16, the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs, Australia, was vandalised with anti-Hindu graffiti.
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