NCR Khabar, March 2, 2012
Hindus stress that apartheid, atrocities, repression and persecution faced by Roma (Gypsies) in Europe for centuries should be included in the history textbooks of European schools.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Europe had been practically ignoring many mass atrocities and repression suffered by Roma for centuries; including those associated with Holocaust, concentration camps, genocide, fascist persecution and maltreatment, enslavement, internment, expulsion, mob violence, etc.
Inclusion of atrocities against Roma in Europe over centuries, their culture and history in school curriculum would bring transparency and better understanding among coming generations of the communities, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued.
Rajan Zed also suggested building memorials honoring Roma victims of maltreatment over centuries and museums displaying their traditions/history and apartheid faced by them. When would this group of about 15-million Roma, living in Europe since around ninth century, be treated at par with other Europeans, Zed asked.