New Delhi: Barry O’Farrell, the Australian High Commissioner to India, shared that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has taken steps to ensure that security forces take action against those responsible for vandalizing Hindu temples. The PM has also directed authorities to track down and prosecute the culprits.
During an interview with the media, Farrell stated that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese reassured Prime Minister Modi in March during his visit to India that in Australia, people have the right to practice their religions without facing any interference. Additionally, Prime Minister Albanese committed to taking all necessary actions with our security forces, including state police forces, to locate and prosecute those responsible for any acts of vandalism.
“I am confident that this will happen,” he stated. Regarding the broader issue, the Foreign Minister had previously mentioned that an unofficial referendum does not hold any legal standing in Australia. The country continues to uphold and respect India’s sovereignty and sovereign borders,” he emphasized.
There has been a rise in the number of attacks on Hindu temples over the past few months. The Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple in Brisbane was attacked in March, while the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs, Australia, was vandalized with anti-Hindu graffiti in January.
According to him, the relationship between India and Australia is currently very strong. The migration of Indians to Australia is growing faster than any other country in the world, which is having a significant impact on the relationship. This growth is strengthening trade and economic ties and promoting connections between people through education and culture. It is also leading to more cooperation in the areas of defence and security.
We are currently addressing various issues such as climate change and clean energy, while working together in the quad. Our efforts in Australia are being aided by an increasing diaspora, which not only exposes Australians to opportunities in India but also highlights the educational opportunities available in Australia to their friends and family back in India.