• 06 Oct, 2022

Gandhi’s Statue Destroyed in front of NY Mandir

Gandhi’s Statue Destroyed in front of NY Mandir

Gandhi’s Statue Destroyed in front of NY Mandir

A five foot statue of Mahatma Gandhi was destroyed in front of a New York Indo-Caribbean mandir. The statue  stood in front of the Tulsi Mandir in Little Guyana for six years. It was destroyed  early Tuesday morning by unknown assailants. The same statue suffered some damages two weeks ago  in a separate attack . CCTV footage showed it was vandalized by three Hispanics during night time. Politicians came out in their numbers to condemn the attack that was carried as news by mainstream media.
 
Tuesday’s attack broke the statue into pieces. A sledgehammer was used to destroy it. The remaining standing piece was knocked to the ground.  The attackers did not hide their faces and seem proud to carry out the attack. Police were called to the scene. 
 

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The Tulsi mandir, 111 St in the heart of Richmond Hill , was built by Berbician P andit Lakhram Maraj  at over a million American dollars from public donations and his own enormous contributions . It is patronized primarily by Guyanese and Trinidadians.
 
Police visited the scene and secured footage from several cameras in front the mandir, businesses, and homes. They have described it as a hate crime.
 
The pandit told reporters that he can’t understand how anyone would want to hurt Gandhi or the mandir. He said it would be a challenge to raise $5000 to build a new statue.

Dr Vishnu Bisram

Dr. Vishnu Bisram is Guyanese born who received his primary and secondary education in Guyana and tertiary education in the US and India. He is a holder of multiple degrees in the natural sciences, social sciences, and education. He taught for over forty years in the US. He is a specialist on the Indian diaspora traveling globally to research and write about Indian communities.