‘If we were racist, why would we live with South Indians, particularly Tamils’? BJP MP Tarun Vijay, a north hindian, question backed an international media reporter, when he was asked to comment on attacks on Africans in India.
Denying racism in India, BJP MP told Al Jazeera television, ‘If we were racist, why would we live with South Indians.’
Former BJP MP landed himself in hot water on Friday after saying Indians could not be racist because ”we lived with ‘black people’ who were ‘around us’,” referring to people from South India.
“If we were racist, why would the entire South — you know the Tamils, you know Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra — why do we live with them? We have blacks, black people around us. You are denying your own nation, denying your ancestry, your history and you’re denying your culture,” Mr. Vijay went on to say during a discussion in Al Jazeera television. He was responding to questions about the recent attacks on African students in Greater Noida.
His comments on South Indians immediately caused a furore on social media platforms, with several tweeting with the hashtag #ThankYouTarunVijay.
Recalling his efforts to install Tamil saint-poet Thiruvallur’s statue in Haridwar, which is now left near a drainage, Mr. Vijay wrote in his twitter, “I can die but how can I ridicule my own culture, my own people and my own nation? Think before you misinterpret my badly framed sentence.”
He is also member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence Ministry and Parliamentary Consultative Committee on External Affairs. He is also a member of Board of Governors, Parliamentary Network on World Bank and IMF. He is strongly associated with RSS, as he served as editor of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) weekly in Hindi, Panchajanya.