“ It is shocking to hear another racist thought and political bigotry emanating from a member of BJP and a former Rajya Sabha MP who may have inadvertently revealed his true colors in his black and south Indian remarks’ said George Abraham, Chairman of the Indian National Overseas Congress, USA. ‘However, there is little surprise as to the sentiment expressed by Tarun Vijay may be widely shared by his party and a good segment of its cadre. Such remarks are not forgotten post simple apology’ Mr. Abraham added. It should be noted that Mr. Vijay was the chief editor of the RSS publication Panchjanya.
In a discussion on Al Jazeera network, Tarun Vijay said that Indians cannot be called racists as they live with “black people” from southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
“If we were racist, why would we have the entire south, which is complete, you know, Tamil, you know Kerala, you know Karnataka and Andhra, why do we live with them? We have black people around us,” said Vijay.
The RSS/BJP combine has been successful in camouflaging their upper caste and racist ideology under cover of religious fanaticism. Occasionally, they couldn’t help themselves but by exposing their hypocrisy towards the people of dark skin color. Although Southern states have played a crucial role in the economic revival of India, the political operatives in BJP seem to be fixated on the amount of melanin in their skin.
The deafening silence of their leadership including the Prime Minister towards the attack on the Nigerian students in Noida clearly illustrates that racism is well and alive in India and it may be still abetted by a large segment of the folks like Tarun Vijay.
Non-resident Indians who live among various cultures and races around the globe ought to be concerned with the ever increasing number of racist incidents emanating out from India and how they would be perceived abroad as the nationalistic sentiments are on the up tick.
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