Living in India, I see the swastika all the time. It’s painted in many places in my wife’s parents’ house, for one thing. On my commute to work every day I pass a house that has a window shaped like a swastika.
There really needs to be a movement to divorce the symbol from the disaster the Nazis perpetrated using it. It’s a lot older than them, and will be around long after they’re forgotten.
And yes, the Hindu and Buddhist communities could have lent a lot of weight to the Raelians’ protest. Few have heard of the Raelians, but almost everyone at least recognizes Hinduism and/or Buddhism.
“Living in India, I see the swastika all the time”.
I have to tell you this story. A friend of my son’s is originally from India. The boy’s father purchased a 7-11 and put up swastikas in the store. Needless to say, some of the customers went nuts over it. One even asked him if he was a Nazi. Sadly, this really confused the man who really didn’t understand why people were having such a negative reaction to the symbol. Long story short, his son educated him about how the swastika was used negatively and the man took it down. I can’t remember what it means to Indians... good luck or to ward off evil? I remember they use the sign for something good...