EDISON, NJ (TIP): Indian-Americans living in the township of Edison in New Jersey had a rude shock when they say the election sign boards of Dr Sudhanshu Prasad running for office as Edison Mayor defaced with a swastika, a bindi, and the words “Never In Edison” handwritten across one sign and “dotheads” on another sign. The signs, both 4×4 were located on private property on Cherry Street in Edison. The owner alerted Prasad Team Council candidate Steven Nagel, a neighbor, to the acts of vandalism. A report has been filed with the police, who are reporting that other acts of vandalism took place throughout Edison in town parks and public areas. Dr. Sudhanshu Prasad, whose picture is on the signs as also his running mates, Sheila Angalet, Mohin Patel, Steven Nagel, and Cynthia Doherty, whose names are all included on the sign board that was defaced “We strongly denounce these deplorable acts.
This is a cowardly act of bigotry which has no place in the Township of Edison, nor are they representative of the beliefs and hearts of the good citizens of Edison. If the perpetrators of these hate crimes harbor any illusions that they will stop our team or divide the mosaic of communities that make Edison one of the most wonderfully diverse places in New Jersey, we collectively say this to you – you will not succeed, ” Dr Prasad, a medical practitioner said. Edison is much stronger than the intolerance you foster, and Edison will never fracture into the divisions you intend. Through the strength of our community, and the conviction that our shared goals for Edison are far greater than our differences, we will overcome your ignorance. We call on all people – residents, community leaders, and elected officials – in Edison, Middlesex County, and the great State of New Jersey to join with us in denouncing these heinous acts in the common cause of justice and in the spirit of the brotherhood of humanity.