I have been aware of the fresh attack on Sri Mandir Temple in Auburn on 19th March, 2011. Bullets were fired at it. The situation is pretty scary for every one but specially so for the Priest or PunditJi who lives there along with his children in the temple premises. I am aware that the local police is investigating the incident.
The email to me on Monday, 21st March, 2011, said;
“ There were some shots fired at the Auburn Sri Mandir on Saturday, 19 March
Some incidents have taken place at Minto where people have entered temple put graffiti, thrown eggs, and also demanded something from the priests.”
I had already contacted temple committee people like Mrs Leela Gune, with our support. We have also contacted the priest.
Over the last few years, there have been several attacks on Auburn Sri Mandir temple, last one only a few months ago. Police investigated that matter too. Despite that, attacks have not stopped. They seem to have been escalated.
This last attack and the previous attack have been covered by The Indian newspaper. I have read the latest coverage which provides detailed and balanced information on this matter. Every person who cares for the issue of this nature, community harmony and freedom to practise religions should read this coverage and give a thought to what is going on and what has to be done.
We do not attack anybody’s place of religion and we should not tolerate someone else attacking ours.
We need to come together to demand effective action in these matters.
I also believe that the attack on Sri Mandir temple is not an issue just for me, you or temple committee but it is an issue for every body else in NSW who is decent, tolerant and fair-minded. We need to support the temple committee and Hindu Council of Australia and be a part of the team to demand effective action.
To the Temple committee and Hindu Council, we are with you for this matter! You can count on us!
The problem is clear but solution is not. We, as a community, have to think about the solution and the strategy. Keeping quiet is definitely not an option.
Australia is a multicultural society and there is no place for attacks on the places of religions.
I and my close friends including the executive committee of Council of Indian Australians Inc had a discussion on this matter last Tuesday and have resolved to work with the temple committee and Hindu Council of Australia actively.
I also believe that the coverage on temple attacks should not be confined to only our community newspapers. It needs to be covered in the main stream media too.
Having said that, we do have to express our appreciation and admiration to The Indian newspaper for covering these attacks so prominently. Well done, The Indian newspaper.
We are a part of NSW and we need to go beyond our own ethnic media for a wider coverage, impact and support.
This is an issue for all peace loving and tolerant NSW communities, not just for the Indian Australian community.
Dr Yadu Singh/Sydney/25th March, 2011
I would encourage all Hindus who attend this temple to dedicate two hours this week to writing emails/letters.
Write letters/emails to the editor of the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. When the Sydney Morning Herald doesn’t publish them, write again and ask why not.
Write emails/letters to the new premier and police minister.
Write letters to the Local Area Commander of Auburn.
In these letters you must ask questions.
Why is such continuing violence allowed?
What will he/she do about it, and by when?
Why were these crimes not made known and witnesses requested?
If you are promised meetings and consultations, indicate that the police have a responsibility to prevent and deal with criminal acts, and not to hide them from the media.
Also send cc copies to the Indian press and to the local press and to your Federal members.
This is not simply a Hindu problem, especially in Auburn.
A broader perspective is shown in this article.
This is a very serious matter and should be taken up with the highest authority. We need a better policing of the area, a security camera covering the streets on either sides of the temple to help nab the culprits. There should also be increased activities at the temple so that such elements dare not venture again.
Indians across all communities and religions need to unite on this and meet with law enforcement officers collectively. Australia prides in the fact that it is secular and allows practice of all religions…
Thank You for the Insight.