The pristine Hindu Samaj Dev Temple in Thailand is emerging as anti-Covid hub, mobilising support to help India defeat the second wave of coronavirus, which is ravaging large parts of the country. The Bangkok-based Hindu temple, nearly 100 years old now, is rallying Indians to rush oxygen supplies to the country of their origin.
The temple is coordinating with the Indian embassy as well as the RTAF in channeling oxygen equipment to India. On May 1, the members of the temple raised enough funds to send 15 (ten litre) concentrators along with 500 oxygen masks. For the delivery, temple members sought the assistance of the Royal Thai Air Force. The equipment has been sent to the Indian Red Cross Society. The temple has once again mobilised devotees to send another batch of aid through the RTAF. The Indian community was also spurred into action after Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan o Cha offered to help India with medical assistance. Thailand too has provided a fairly large Indian community in Thailand, the two nations maintain close historical and cultural relations. Last year Prime Minister Narendra Modi had discussed collaborating with each other on the global coronavirus pandemic. The two Prime Ministers had met in Thailand during the ASEAN 2019 summit.