New Jersey, June 23, 2020. The Coalition of Hindus of North America (“CoHNA”) strongly condemned the vandalism and racist attack on India Palace, an Indian restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“Racism and bigotry have no place in our society, and it is unfortunate that Mr. Baljit Singh and his family had to endure the consequences of this cruel act,” shared Nikunj Trivedi, president of CoHNA.
The vandals destroyed statues and spray-painted racial slurs on a mural of Shri Krishna and the gopis, along with damaging tables, chairs and other items. In addition, words such as “ISIS” were spray-painted in other places, showing the utter lack of understanding about Sikhs and Hindus. No individual or community should be subject to such racist attacks.
CoHNA stands firmly with Mr. Singh and the Indian American community in Santa Fe.
As a nation, we have seen a surge in hate crimes towards people of color and religious minorities. As communities are coming together to combat COVID-19 and racial injustice, the need of the hour is to respect diversity and work together.
We urge the Santa Fe police department to thoroughly investigate this matter and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

CoHNA is a grassroots level advocacy organization dedicated to improving the understanding of Hinduism in North America by working on matters related to the Hindu community and by educating the public about Hindu heritage and tradition.

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Photo Credit: Cole Rehbein, Santa Fe Reporter