India complains again,US stands by Leno

India on Tuesday again took up the issue of popular TV host Jay Leno’s remarks on the Golden Temple with the US and wrote a strong letter to NBC,which had aired the show.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:January 25, 2012 1:07 am

India on Tuesday again took up the issue of popular TV host Jay Leno’s remarks on the Golden Temple with the US and wrote a strong letter to NBC,which had aired the show.

The Indian embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Arun Kumar Singh met Robert Blake,US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia,and conveyed India’s views on the issue,sources said here. They also said the Indian Mission has written a “strong letter” to NBC.

Leno,the host of the popular “The Tonight Show” on NBC,had flashed a picture of the Golden Temple and termed it as a possible summer home of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

However,the US has defended Leno’s right to free speech. “I think Leno would be appreciative if we make the point that his comments are constitutionally protected in the US under free speech,and frankly,they appeared to be satirical in nature,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland had told reporters.

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