The Indian National Flag represents the hopes and aspirations of all the people of India. It is the symbol of our national pride. Over the last many decades, countless Indians, including members of the armed forces have selflessly laid down their lives to keep the tricolor flying in its full glory. The San Diego Chapter of the Federation of Indian Associations strongly denounces and condemns all real abuses of the Indian National Flag that took place during the recent protests in New Delhi on Republic Day.
We also lament the recent flag draping of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation, in Washington DC. Just recently, the statue of Gandhi, in the Central Park of the City of Davis in Northern California, appeared to have been sawed off at the ankles and half its face was severed. Our organization firmly reprehends these malicious and despicable acts against a universally respected icon of peace, nonviolence and justice. These acts of hate and vandalism are totally unacceptable and we strongly express the hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice as quickly as possible.