Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Hindu Australians to wholeheartedly back recognition of indigenous people, which he said was long overdue.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated that it was blatantly unfair and simply wrong for indigenous people not to be recognized in the constitution as Australia’s first residents.
Moreover, Australia should end age-old discrimination suffered by them and bring these native sons and daughters at par with rest of the Australia in education, health, employment, etc., levels, Rajan Zed stressed.
Australia needed to do deep introspection of its heart and be kind to immigrants, minorities, indigenous people, and other vulnerable groups; Zed pointed out.
Rajan Zed commended Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for pushing for this referendum, aimed at reflecting the truth in the constitution. It should, however, have been done when the constitution was originally framed, Zed added.