On the occasion of Diwali, a notice was issued to the Hindu family on the symbol of the swastika
Hakenkreuz is a symbol of hate that evokes the horrors of Nazi Germany
Washington, In foreign countries, the Indian swastika has often been associated with Hitler’s Hakenkreuz or Hooked Cross. One such Indian family living in America has now launched a campaign to differentiate the Swastik symbol from Adolf Hitler’s Hakenkreuz. According to a report by the AP news agency, a Hindu family living in the building in Queens are now engaged in raising awareness of their symbol. Sheetal Dev said that on Diwali, an American family living in their own building posted a notice about the sign. In the notice, he called his Diwali decoration “abusive” and called for it to be removed.
The swastika is often used as a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism representing peace and good fortune, and is also widely used by Hindus around the world. But in the West, the symbol is often associated with Adolf Hitler’s Hakenkreuz or Hooked Cross. Hakenkreuz is a symbol of hate that exposes the horrors of Nazi Germany. White supremacists, neo-Nazi groups and vandals in the West continue to use Hitler’s symbol to incite fear and hatred.
People consider the symbol of hate
Over the past decade, as the Asian diaspora has grown in North America, calls to reclaim the swastika as a sacred symbol have intensified. Sheetal Dev believes he and people of other faiths should not sacrifice or apologize for a sacred symbol often associated with Hitler. Sheetal added that for her it was intolerable. And Shelley Rude Wernick, executive director of the Center for Jewish Federations of North America on Holocaust Survivor Care, said that especially for Holocaust survivors, seeing Hitler’s symbol can re-traumatize them. He said such a symbol is a physical representation of the horrors he experienced.
The meaning of Swastik is “the symbol of well-being”
The word “swastika” comes from Sanskrit and means “auspicious sign”. It was used in the prayers of the Rigveda, the oldest of the Hindu scriptures. In Buddhism, the symbol is known as “manji” and represents the footprints of the Buddha. It is used to mark the location of Buddhist temples. In China, it is called Wan and represents the manifestation and creativity of the universe or God.
Keywords: America, Germany, hindu
FIRST POST: November 28, 2022, 12:35 PM HST