CoHNA Strongly Condemns the Attack on Hindu Temple in Rio Grande Valley, Texas
New Jersey, June 13th 2020. The Coalition of Hindus of North America (“CoHNA”) strongly condemned the recent attack on a Hindu temple in Rio Grande Valley, Texas where property was vandalized and spray-painted with graffiti. This is an act of violence against the small and peaceful Hindu community of this town of Edinburg, and has left them confused and hurt.The community has lived in peace with its non-Hindu neighbors and has actively contributed to the local economy and civic life.
Though the issue is being investigated and it’s still unclear who is behind this attack and what the motives were, such an attack is indeed troubling against the backdrop of the recent desecration of the Gandhi Statue outside the Indian Embassy in Washington DC.
“The Hindu American community is one of the smallest minorities in the US, with a population of less than 1%,” remarked Rajeev Menon, vice president of CoHNA. “Acts like these make us especially vulnerable. Also, given that the cities of Seattle,WA and St. Paul, MN recently passed resolutions against democratically passed law in India based on misinformation and propaganda, the community is beginning to wonder whether a pattern of anti-Hindu sentiment is emerging.”
CoHNA requested that the authorities involved investigate this matter promptly so that the perpetrator(s) are brought to justice.
CoHNA is a grassroots level advocacy organization dedicated to improving the understanding of Hinduism and India in North America by working on matters related to the Hindu community and by educating the public about Hindu heritage and tradition. For more information, please visit www.cohna.org or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cohnaofficial or Facebook at www.facebook.com/cohnaofficial.
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