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Hindus Shocked At Ejection Of Māori MP From New Zealand Parliament For Not Wearing Tie


Hindus have expressed dismay at the reported ejection of
Māori member of New Zealand parliament for refusing to wear
tie.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in
Nevada (USA) today, said that New Zealand needed to grow up
and show some maturity before ejecting a Māori MP from the
Parliament which was built on land discovered by his
ancestors.

Inflicting the dress code and fashion
traditions imported from Europe on the original settlers of
New Zealand was simply unjust and should be universally
condemned; Zed, who is President of Universal Society of
Hinduism, pointed out.

Rajan Zed urged New Zealand
Governor-General Patsy Reddy, Parliament Speaker Trevor
Mallard, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Deputy Prime
Minister Grant Robertson and House Leader Chris Hipkins to
offer public apology to Māori Party Co-Leader Rawiri
Waititi and to Māori people in general for attempts to
force an imported fashion item on the
locals.

Parliaments were there to make the laws and
not to issue fashion judgements. Moreover, nobody should
impose their doctrine on others in a free country; Zed
indicated.

It was really worrisome for other
minorities when they saw a Māori elected representative,
whose ancestors were first settlers of New Zealand,
maltreated in the nation’s parliament like this; Rajan Zed
noted.

Zed urged Roman Catholic Cardinal John
Atcherley Dew, Anglican Archbishop/Primate Philip
Richardson, Presbyterian Church General Assembly Moderator
Taimoanaifakaofo Kaio, and other New Zealand religious
leaders to openly come out in support Māori brothers and
sisters and condemn this act of unfairness.

I was
never forced to wear a tie or a collar when I read
invocations in United States Senate, US House of
Representatives, various State Senates and State Houses of
Representatives, county commissions and city councils across
USA; Rajan Zed stated.

Why New Zealand Parliament was
giving so much importance to an impractical decorative
fabric (whose traces went back to Croatian mercenaries),
which neither provided warmth on a cold day and nor covered
one’s nakedness? Zed asked. Business magnate Sir Richard
Branson reportedly described the ties as a symbol of
oppression. Moreover, ties were said to be health and safety
hazards; Zed added.

Rajan Zed also urged Chief
Ombudsman Peter Boshier to seriously look into this
unnecessary and antiquated tradition of wearing
ties.

 

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