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Hindus for Human Rights urges for exemption of Hindu swastika while banning Nazi imagery

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 11 October 2021: The Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR), Australia & New Zealand has urged the Victorian government to exempt the ‘Hindu Swastika’ when it bans the public display of Nazi symbols illegal in Victoria. It “advises caution about inadvertently targeting Hindus.” Basically, the point being that the Nazi symbol and the Hindu Swastika are different. And, the Hindu Swastika has no connection to the Nazi symbol, a symbol of fascism and hate.

In a media statement Emailed to SAT, the HfHR informs the state government, “We are writing to you on behalf of Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR), an advocacy organisation that provides a platform for progressive Hindus to speak out in support of democratic freedoms and pluralism.”

The rest of the release says:

“Hindus for Human Rights applauds the Victorian Government’s decision to make the public display of Nazi symbols illegal. Recent anti-Semitic incidents have used Nazi imagery to target Jewish Australians, and a ban on hateful imagery would help diverse Victorians feel safe in their communities. However, HfHR is concerned that without specific language exempting the Hindu Swastika from scrutiny, Hindus could inadvertently become a target of these new laws.

The word “swastika” means “conducive to well-being” in Sanskrit. While the Swastika was used by the Nazis as a symbol of hate, it was originally used by Hindus as a symbol of prosperity and good luck, and Hindus continue to use the symbol to represent the faith today. Buddhists also consider the symbol to be sacred, representing the footprints of Buddha. Swastikas are often present on the doorsteps of homes, and people often wear the swastika on jewelry for good luck. The Hindu swastika and Nazi Hakenkreuz also look completely different.

Most Hindu Australians are aware of the history of the Holocaust and the implications of the Swastika in Western society and do not generally display the symbol in public. However, for Hindus, the outright banning of this symbol is hurtful, saying a beautiful symbol of faith, stolen in the name of genocide, is inherently evil. Under these new laws, Hindus may also risk facing significant fines and jail time. For people who have recently immigrated and are unfamiliar with the Nazi swastika, this law could cause particularly dangerous consequences.

HfHR recommends that any statutes, policies, or other legal documents created to ban Nazi imagery create an exemption for the Hindu Swastika. Guidance to enforcement agencies must also explain the difference between the Nazi and Hindu swastikas to avoid inadvertent targeting of the Hindu community.

Hindus for Human Rights – Australia and New Zealand (HfHR-ANZ) is the Australian and Aotearoa branch of Hindus for Human Rights USA, which was founded in 2019. We advocate for pluralism and human rights in South Asia and beyond, rooted in the values of our Hindu faith: shanti (peace), nyaya (justice) and satya (truth). We provide a Hindu voice of resistance to caste, Hindutva (Hindu majoritarianism), and all forms of bigotry and oppression. We work with a broad coalition of partners to educate elected officials and the public in Australasia about human rights issues in South Asia. Our advocacy takes many forms, including government briefings, peaceful protests, op-eds, webinars, conferences, and social media mobilisation.”

Australian chapter of ‘Hindus for Human Rights’ to bat for ‘shanti’ (peace), ‘nyaya’ (justice) & ‘manavta’ (human rights)


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 24 March 2021: The US-based advocacy organization ‘Hindus For Human Rights has set up its Australia chapter recently. Its newsletter (23 March 2021) says, “… is committed to the ideals of multi-religious pluralism in South Asia, particularly in India, and throughout the Indian diaspora.”

Hindus for Human Rights-Australia was officially launched in March 2021 and speaks from a Hindu perspective for shanti (peace), nyaya (justice) and the manavtha (human rights) of all communities. Our Vision is lokasangraha (universal common good) – a world where there is peace among all people, and our planet is honored and protected.”

The organization’s Facebook page can be accessed at – @AusHindus4HR and contact and its email is hfhraus@gmail.com

Global Zoom panel discussion on ‘Is India becoming a fascist state?’


Is India Becoming A Fascist State? a global Zoom panel discussion was hosted at the New South Wales (NSW), Australia Parliament, Sydney on 26 November 2020. The discussion organized by The Humanist Project, IAMC, Hindus for Human Rights, and Amnesty International, Australia. Those who participated in View from Academia & Civil Society: Mr.Raju Rajagopalan. Co-founder. Hindus for Human Rights, Ms. Suchitra Vijayan. Executive Director. The Polis Project, Prof. Anjali Arondekar. Professor of Feminist Studies. UC, Santa Cruz, and Mr. Pieter Friedrich, civil society activist and author.Those who participated in Role of the International Community: were
Shaffaq Mohammed, MBE, British politician, Liberal Democrat, Marie Newman. US Congresswoman. Illinois’s 3rd congressional district and Joel Mackay, Amnesty International, Campaign Strategy Advocate. Concluding remarks and thanks by David Shoebridge, Greens MP. The event was held at the Jubilee Room, NSW PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Sydney, NSW.

The video has been sourced from YouTube and the views expressed in the panel discussion are of the participants.