It so happened that Vijay was invited by a TV news channel to discuss the recent spate of attacks on African students in Greater Noida. In the beginning, he said, “To say that Indians are racist is the most vicious thing because we worship black gods… Krishna is black. And we have been seeing the African descendants living amicably in states Maharashtra and Gujarat.”
During his defence of India and its culture, the former Rajya Sabha MP said, “If we were racist, why would we have all the entire south…Tamil, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra…why do we live with them? We have black people around us.”
Later, he tweeted, “My words perhaps were not enough to convey this. Feel bad, really feel sorry, my apologies to those who feel I said differently than what I mean.”
Apologising, the BJP leader said that Indians were the first to oppose any racism and were, in fact, victims of the racist British. He said he meant to convey how Indians didn’t face racism even though the country has people with different colours and culture.
Vijay’s comments came even as Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said an independent inquiry was underway to inquire into the attacks against the African nationals.