Rebuilt Hindu temple in Canada is symbol against hate
Indo-Asian News Service, PTI
Vancouver, September 10, 2005
First Published: 13:46 IST(10/9/2005)
Last Updated: 13:51 IST(10/9/2005)
A temple in the Canadian province of British Columbia that was destroyed in hate crimes following the 9/11 terror bombings in the US has been rebuilt and will be inaugurated Sunday - exactly four years later.
Elimination of Hate Crime, the temple located in Hamilton, will be inaugurated at a public function.
The temple, destroyed on Sep 15, 2001, has become known as the Canadian Ground Zero and received donations from across the globe, the South Asian Observer newspaper here reported.
Multi-faith groups from Hamilton and the surroundings joined hands to rebuild the temple and eliminate hate crimes from the face of the world. The project also initiated programmes to heal victims of such crimes.
The organisers, Board of Directors of Hindu Samaj of Hamilton and Region, have demanded that national heritage status be granted to the temple.
"The government took 20 years to recognize the 1985 Air India bombing disaster as a Canadian tragedy. We hope that we will not have to wait for another 20 years for the temple to be recognized as a 'historic site'," says a press release issued by the organisers.
Federal and provincial ministers, prominent members of all federal and provincial parties, representatives from the UN, the high commissioner and the consulate general of India, and many MPs and local politicians and businessmen have been invited to attend the function.