Hindus nationwide are concerned after two incidents—roughing-up of a Hindu grandfather by police in Madison (Alabama) on February six resulting in partial paralysis and then scrawling of “GET OUT” on Bothell (Washington) Hindu Temple wall discovered on February 15—happened in a span of ten days.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that it was shocking for the hard-working, harmonious and peaceful Hindu community, who had made lot of contributions to the nation and society, to receive such signals of hatred and anger.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that per a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey, as compared to any other religious group in US, Hindus topped in education, had second highest income levels, topped in marriage rates and had lowest divorce rates. Per another Pew Forum survey, the United States was the world’s second-leading destination for Hindu migrants, after India. There are about three million Hindus in the U.S.
Rajan Zed noted that this was basically because of Hindus continuing with the “traditional values of hard work, stress on education, sanctity of marriage, in the U.S. amidst so many distractions”.
Zed suggested that basics of major world religions should be taught in high schools of the country and first responders should be imparted cultural competency training so that we understood each other better in view of increasing diversity of the country. Zed urged fellow Hindus to educate Americans about Hinduism, the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents, and try to remove any misconceptions about it.
Rajan Zed indicated that visitors were “most welcome” in the Hindu Temple & Cultural Center in Bothell, whose mission is to “Promote social, cultural, religious, and spiritual understanding”. It was sad that such graffiti showed up on its wall a day before the Temple was scheduled to celebrate the major Hindu festival of Maha-Sivaratri. Efforts to build this Temple reportedly began in 1980’s. (end)