Indian-American Congressman Condemns Vandalisation Of Gandhi Statue
Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna on Monday strongly condemned the vandalisation of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi within the US state of California, calling it as a shameful act.
The 6-ft tall, 650-pound (294 kg) bronze statue of Gandhi within the Central Park of the Metropolis of Davis in Northern California was vandalised, damaged and ripped from the bottom by unknown criminals early this week.
“Nonviolent, respectful protest was the essence of Gandhi’s life mission. To see the desecration of this magnificent statue solely underscores the necessity for extra individuals to review Gandhi’s teachings, not unilaterally erase him from the general public discourse,” Khanna mentioned.
“This was a shameful act. At a second in our historical past when disagreement must be managed with tolerance and persistence, I urge everybody concerned to take the time to hear and speak as an alternative of resorting to acts of public vandalism,” he mentioned.
Because the Democratic Vice Chair of the India Caucus, Khanna mentioned he’ll proceed to work along with his colleagues to construct bridges throughout these divisions.
“I encourage everybody to affix me in working by means of disagreement with dialogue and dialogue, moderately than resorting to violence that tears on the cloth of our society,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, two teams gathered on the park in Davis on Sunday the place the statue was vandalized, native media reported. Whereas one group demanded that the statue be restored, the opposite opposed such a transfer.
The Metropolis of Davis has launched an investigation into the incident.
“The Metropolis of Davis condemns the vandalism that destroyed the statue of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi in Central Park. We don’t assist any actions that embody the destruction of property,” town mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.
“We perceive that our group displays a variety of views and values, however we anticipate that everybody will lengthen respect to one another and to shared areas,” it mentioned.
“However we reiterate our perception that the answer to fixing such variations isn’t in violent acts however by means of compromise and dialogue. It’s our honest want that our group transfer ahead with peaceable and optimistic discourse and reconciliation,” town mentioned in its assertion.