Canada News, Ontaro: Amid the rise of right-wing extremism in Canada, Canadian Member of Parliament for Nepean
Chandra Arya has requested people not to confuse the Nazi symbol of hatred Hakenkreuz with Swastika.
Canadian MP Chandra Arya had made similar requests in the Parliament last year.
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On behalf of over one million Canadians of several religious faiths and in particular Hindu-Canadians and as a Hindu-Canadian myself, I call upon members of this house and all Canadians to distinguish between the Hindu religious sacred symbol Swastika and the Nazi symbol of hatred called Hakenkreuz in German or the hooked cross in English.
In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, Swastika means “that which brings good luck and well-being.”
This ancient and greatly auspicious symbol of the Hindu religion continues to be used today at our Hindu temples, in our religious and cultural rituals, in entrances to our homes, and in our daily lives.
Please stop calling the Nazi symbol of hatred as Swastika.
We support the ban of the Nazi symbol of hatred Hakenkreuz or the hooked cross.
But calling it Swastika is to deny us Hindu-Canadians our religious right and freedom to use our sacred symbol Swastika in our daily lives.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker,” read the statement he made in the Parliament last year.