The Indian-American community has been left in a state of shock and fear following recent attacks on Indian institutions and diplomatic missions in San Francisco, London, and Brisbane. As many as 44 Indian-American organizations have condemned these violent acts and instances of vandalism, which have sparked concern across the country.
Under the banner of “Indian Diaspora Against Hate,” several eminent Indian-Americans and organizations from diverse backgrounds have issued a signed letter condemning the attacks. They have called on all civic officials and law enforcement to take measures to ensure the safety of the Indian-American community.
Last month, a group of pro-Khalistan protesters attacked and damaged the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, prompting sharp condemnation from Indian-Americans who demanded immediate action against those responsible for it. The letter also references a group of protesters carrying pro-Khalistan flags and banners in support of Amritpal Singh, who gathered at Parliament Square in London last month.
Representing Indian-Americans from various cities and geographical locations, the organizations and community members have urged citizens to be cautious of hate groups and report them to the administration. They have also called on the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to monitor extremist activities, prevent hateful attacks, and take decisive action against the perpetrators of hate.
Many community leaders have reported being threatened or even attacked, as noted by Dr. Romesh Japra, a cardiologist and community leader. Additionally, Hindu temples have been desecrated, such as the Gandhi statue in the City of Davis, as remembered by Venu M, a Hindu Leader from California State Capitol Sacramento.
The letter welcomes the statements from the State Department condemning the attack against the Indian Consulate in San Francisco and from Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, rejecting hatred and attacks on Hindu temples. However, the community is concerned that the failure to check the violence by people who are motivated to disrupt peace and create a condition of fear is only encouraging an escalation in aggression.
“Indian Diaspora Against Hate” is a forum to collaborate with Indian-American organizations, institutions, and Hindu temples concerned about the safety, security, and well-being of the Indian diaspora. The community urges civic and law enforcement agencies to take necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of Indian-Americans and their institutions.