Indian origin Ravi Hooda removed from Brampton’s school council board in Canada for derogatory Islamophobic tweet.
The Peel District School Board in Brampton city, Canada, has removed one of its school council chair, an Indian origin ‘Ravi Hooda’ for an Islamophobic tweet in response to the announcement of Brampton’s mayor Patrick Brown, allowing mosques broadcast the call to prayer (Azaan) on loudspeakers during the Holy month of Ramadan.
Patrick Brown said the change was made to promote a sense of community for Muslims, who would generally gather for prayer during the fasting month of Ramadan but can’t because of COVID-19.
“Our noise by a law originally passed in 1984 only included an exemption for Church bells. It will now include all faiths within the permitted hours & decibel levels. The Muslim community can proceed with the sunset azan because it’s 2020 & we treat all faiths equally, Brown Said in his Tweet.”
Ravi Hooda responded to the announcement with a derogatory and Islamophobic tweet.
“What’s next? Separate lanes for camel & goat riders, allowing slaughter of animals at home in the name of sacrifice, bylaw requiring all women to cover themselves from head to toe in tents to appease the piece fools for votes, Ravi Hooda tweeted in response to Brampton’s Mayor Patrick Brown allowing loud Azaan in the city’s mosques.”
The principal of the school where Hooda was a councillor said those comments didn’t help create a safe and inclusive space at the school.
“We immediately conducted an investigation into the matter, as the content is a clear contravention of the Peel District School Board’s Safe and Accepting Schools Policy,” said Robin Perri, principal at Macville Public School, in a statement.
“As a result, the individual is being removed from the role of School Council Chair and will not be able to participate on School Council, in any capacity.”
Ravi Hooda was also a real estate partner with RE/MAX, which has since terminated their relationship.
“RE/MAX does not share nor support his views, and we can confirm that he has been terminated and is no longer affiliated with RE/MAX,” read a statement from Christopher Alexander, executive vice president of the real estate firm.
“Multiculturalism and diversity are some of the best qualities of the communities we operate in, and we are deeply committed to upholding these values in all that we do.”
The Brampton mayor commended RE/MAX on Tuesday for taking quick action to end their partnership with Hooda.
“Hate and islamophobia have no place in our community discourse,” said Brown on Twitter.
“We love our diversity and mosaic of faiths in Brampton.”
During the past few weeks, several Indian nationals living in Arab countries were fired from their jobs for displaying and portraying Islamophobia through social media.
Who is Ravi Hooda?
On his Twitter profile, Ravi Hooda identifies himself as a “professional realtor, immigration consultant” and “community volunteer.”
According to the Peel District School Board, he was also an executive school council member for the Macville Public School in the city of Bolton. School councils are comprised of parents, staff and community representatives and advise principals on a range of topics including codes of behaviour, budget priorities, and curriculum delivery.
That changed Tuesday morning, when the board tweeted that Hooda was being removed from his role as school council chair and will no longer be allowed to participate on council “in any other capacity.”
In a letter posted online, Macville school principal Robin Perri wrote, “Today, we were made aware of a disturbing, Islamophobic tweet that was written and shared by a member of our parent community. We immediately conducted an investigation into the matter.” Perri said the content contravened its Safe and Accepting Schools Policy.
“Please know that this individual’s views in no way reflect the values of the Macville Public School community, nor those of the Peel board. Comments like these are upsetting and hurtful, and never acceptable.”