Hindu Council of Australia has issued a clarification on comments made about Turbans 4 Australia president Amar Singh in one of their Q and A sessions with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a Hindu Council of Australia meet and greet in Parramatta.
In a comment on Amar Singh’s Facebook post, the Hindu Council of Australia said, “These questions/comments were unwarranted and uncalled for. ‘these questions were neither asked on behalf of HCA nor reflection of HCA’s views. This was a protocol breach as all participants, and participating organisations have inducted on how no one can ask questions from the floor.”
“HCA was supposed to consolidate the question and an HCA member to ask the questions on the stage at the time of Q & A. But at the end of the Q & A, the unexpected behavior of the participant has actually reduced our time with Prime Minister, who was supposed to spend at least half an hour more with the community members. Whatever questions were asked on the stage were the questions HCA intended to ask; there weren’t anymore. If anyone wants, we are happy to discuss and clarify this.”
Amar Singh on target
Award-winning community leader and social worker, Amar Singh posted on Facebook against about the comments made against him at the event.
“I’m paying the price for standing up against the Modi government and his local puppets here in Australia. It’s sad to see Hindu Council Australia of Australia, which allegedly represents the Hindu community of Australia, can openly allow hate speech and crude remarks at their event,” Mr Singh has posted.
“I urge every Sikh to stand up. This is the very reason people are scared to stand up against the RSS/VHP agenda,” he added.
A video is doing the rounds on social media where Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen responding to questions about Turban4Australia founder Amar Singh. Liberal candidate for Parramatta Maria Kovacic can also be seen sitting on the stage behind the Prime Minister. A person from the audience suddenly quips that the Khalistan group and Mr Amar Singh have been associated with Maria Kovacic, and “we can’t support that”, adding that these groups and individuals are separatists.
Amar Singh, one of the most famous best known persons of Indian origin in Australia and an award-winning social worker, has been the target of Hindu groups since he supported the Indian farmers’ movement in 2021. In Australia, many so-called Hindu organisations support India’s ruling party, the BJP, and its leader Narendra Modi. The BJP advocates Hindutva (“Hindu-ness”), an ideology that strives to define Indian culture in terms of Hindu values.
LNP pledges $250k for Turbans4Australia
Meanwhile Liberal Party has pledged a whopping $250,000 for Amar Singh’s Tubrbans4Australia to expand their community kitchen.
Established in 2015, Turbans4Australia has been a leading charity that has handed out over 150,000 tonnes of groceries to those in need. The organisation is entirely run by volunteers who have supported communities after bushfires and floods, providing semi-trailers loaded with non-perishable food, water and personal care items.
Liberal candidate for Parramatta, Maria Kovacic, said the commitment would help Turbans4Australia expand their support for local communities in need. “During the pandemic Turbans4Australia provided 80,000 hot meals for residents across Parramatta, a true reflection of Australians coming together and taking care of our most vulnerable in their time of need. The $250,000 community kitchen expansion in Clyde in Western Sydney will enable the organisation to expand their program and support more Australians who need it,” said Ms Kovacic.