In the bilateral dialogues with the Australian counterpart, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, on Friday in Delhi, PM Modi raised concerns about the surging rate of temple vandalism in Australia recently. The Aussie PM Albanese replied with an assurance, asserting that facilitating safety and security for Australia’s Indian diaspora is a “priority for them”.
Before the statement of Anthony Albanese, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sounded the alarm about temple vandalism in Australia by claiming that he came across reports of attacks on temples there. The concern was conveyed to the Australian Prime Minister, and in turn, he received sincere reassurance from his counterpart.
Modi and Albanese, the Australian and Indian prime ministers
The Indian Prime Minister delivered this information to the press conference at Hyderabad House on Friday, which rolled by after the bilateral meeting between the two leaders.
In the fourth occurrence of an ambush against Hindu temples, at Brisbane, the honoured Hindu temple, Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple, was ambushed by pro-Khalistani supporters last week. The incident took place within two months of Australian land. A case of graffiti vandalism also took place on the walls of the esteemed ISKON temple in Melbourne’s Albert Park on 23 January 2024. The graffiti said, “Hindustan Murdabad”.
The Carrum Downs, in Victoria, also saw a similar ambush on the historic Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple on 06 January 2024. The Swaminarayan Temple was vandalised with anti-India slurs scribbled on the temple walls, causing deformities. It took place on 12 January 2024.
The Indian diaspora has knocked on the Australian government’s doors, raising the heart-wrenching concern. The Indians have also criticized the constant vandalism of Hindu temples in the lands of Australia.
In the joint conference at Hyderabad House, Prime Minister Modi conferred that the two countries have shown immense support in terms of logistics for “each other’s army” and that both India and Australia have signed exceptional treaties in the past few years. The bilateral meeting discussed further strengthening the security agencies, as there is already a “regular and useful exchange of information” between the security agencies of both countries.
PM Modi asserted that the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and its Australian counterpart is built on a strong foundation of mutually beneficial security cooperation. Other than the issue of the vandalism of Hindu temples, the discussion also revolved around the Indo-Pacific region and its maritime security. They discussed the matter of surging mutual defence and security cooperation.
This month, to increase contact and foster a strong relationship among “our young soldiers”, India and Australia have launched General Rawat Officers Exchange Programme, the Indian PM added.
The Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, reflected Prime Minister Modi’s opinion by asserting that the countries have discussed the surging fluctuant issues of the global security environment. The leaders of both nations are headstrong about devoting themselves to strengthening the Australia-India defence and security collaboration to undertake the responsibility of managing the congruent obstacles and work for an open, immovable and flourishing Indo-Pacific.
India and Australia exchanged MoUs (Memorandums of Understanding) relating to sports and AV (audio-visual) co-productions as part of the arrangements for the Solar Taskforce.
The PM of Australia is on a four-day visit to India. Before the commencement of the bilateral meeting between the two Prime Ministers on Friday, Anthony Albanese told the media that he would be seeing PM Modi and President Draupadi Murmu this morning to further strengthen the India-Australia relationship.