PM Modi talks tough against temple vandalism in Australia

Wednesday 31st May 2023 06:39 EDT

The world supports him when he says that an attack on a place of worship is "not acceptable," according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke out strongly against temple vandalism occurrences in Australia. He was addressing a public gathering after he arrived in the national capital from a three-nation visit.

"I want to tell you that while speaking about the culture and great tradition of India, never get immersed in a slave mentality, speak with courage. The world is eager to listen. The world agrees with me when I say that attack on our pilgrimage sites is not acceptable," PM Modi said.

Earlier, PM Modi had red-flagged the temple vandalism in Australia while he met with PM Anthony Albanese during the last leg of his visit in the country.

"PM Anthony Albanese and I have, in the past, discussed the issue of attacks on temples in Australia and activities of separatist elements. We discussed the matter today also," he said, adding that PM Albanese assured taking ‘strict actions’ against elements that harm ‘friendly and warm ties between India and Australia’.

"I gave him (prime minister Modi) the assurance Australia is a country that respects people's faith... that we don't tolerate the sort of extreme actions and attacks we have seen on religious temples, be they Hindu temples, synagogues, or churches. This has no place in Australia," PM Albanese told reporters after the bilateral meeting.

With a bilateral discussion with Albanese, a business round table where the two parties signed an agreement for the two-way movement of students and business personnel, and another agreement to establish a task force for collaborative green hydrogen production, Modi concluded his three-nation tour.

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