Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hindus Slam Canadian Government for Racism in Hungary

Apparently the Harper government has posted billboards in Hungary aimed at Roma (Gypsy) would be asylum-seekers that some Hindus have denounced as inappropriate and blatantly racist.

"Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that this unprecedented billboard and other media campaign in Miskolc (second largest urban center of Hungary in northeast), which reportedly had higher concentration of Roma community and home of many Canadian refugee applicants, with such an unwelcoming tone was prejudiced, intolerant and racist.

"Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, suggested that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Immigration Minister Jason Kenney should live the life of a Roma in Miskolc for few weeks to realize, recognize and understand the rights violations and maltreatment of Roma in Hungary and Europe and the apartheid conditions they faced day after day.

"It was unfortunate that Canada was spending taxpayer’s money on a campaign which besides billboards, also reportedly included newspapers, radio-spots, and bus-shelter notices; and which smelled of racism, Zed noted."

There you go.   Now Harper has the Hindu world pissed off with Canada over Gypsies.   Way to go, Steve!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I doubt the Hindu world gives two hoots over a Canadian billboard in Miskolc, Hungary.

And if they really cared about the Roma (who, by the way, are a favored EU minority in receipt of numerous grants not available to non-Roma), the Indian Government could extend asylum to such Roma, and invite them to live there.

I further suggest Rajan Zed moves to Miskolc to dispense his wisdom to the Roma Community in person. I doubt he would last the day...