Conspiracy to defame the symbol of Hindus
Recently, in the Russian city of Izhevsk, a gunman opened fire indiscriminately killing nine people. Around 17 people were injured in the incident. Western media reported that the attacker was wearing a jacket with a swastika mark. In fact, for the last few months, there has been a lot of discussion in the international media about the Swastika. In fact, the ‘swastika’ is being deliberately linked to the Nazi Hakenkreuz (Hooked Cross). Its purpose is to show that Hindus draw inspiration from the Nazis. A large section of Europe and America define it as a symbol of Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitism, racist, fascist and Third Reich of 1933–1945. After the fall of Nazism and the end of World War II, Germany and then other European countries including France, Austria and Lithuania banned the Hakenkreuz.
Huckenkrejs used to be used in Western media earlier.
However, this is not the first time that the international media has linked the sacred Hindu swastika to the Nazi symbol. The Coalition of Hindus of North America has been continuously campaigning against it. According to CoHNA, the Nazi symbol is an example of violence, persecution and genocide. There is no dispute on this. However, what is disputed in this is the use of the word swastika. That too, especially since Hitler never used that word to describe his emblem. He and the Nazis repeatedly used the term Huckenkreuz. At that time only the word Huckenkreuz was used in the Western media. Around 1933 the New York Times began to change the way the emblem was reported. At that time for the first time it was claimed that ‘Hooked Cross’ is like a ‘Swastika’ of India. This was the first time a major newspaper had used the term to describe a symbol of Hitler’s hatred. Since then a changed terminology has started and is still being extended.
Voice over western reporting in India
People raised their voice on social media regarding reporting in the case of Russia. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi put the western media in the dock on this issue. Singhvi wrote in his tweet, not the swastika, the German Heckenkreuz. The Guardian journalists should do some reading before publishing a misleading headline. CoHNAOfficial also took to its Twitter handle regarding the reporting of the Russian firing, tagging the Guardian and Reuters and wrote that please report this terrible tragedy accurately. The word to describe the Nazi symbol on a t-shirt should be #Hakenkreuz (Hooked Cross), not a swastika. It is used in all Nazi literature and contemporary reporting of that era.
Swastika was used in western countries
American graphic design author Steven Heller in his book The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption? explains how it was enthusiastically adopted in the West as an architectural motif on advertising and product design. Coca-Cola used it. Carlsberg used it on their beer bottles. The Boy Scouts adopted it, and the Girls Club of America called their magazine Swastika. He also used to sell swastika badges to his young readers. It was used by US military units during World War I. It could be seen on RAF aircraft as late as 1939. Most of these uses were discontinued after the Nazis came to power in Germany in the 1930s.