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Former BJP MP Tarun Vijay’s ‘racist remark on South Indians’ angers Twitterati

Tarun Vijay later tweeted, 'I said we worship Krishna, which literally means black, we were the first to oppose any racism and were in fact victims of racist British,' among other tweets.

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Former BJP MP Tarun Vijay’s comment has angered many on social media, especially if the Twitter reactions to his statement are to go by.(Source: AP)

Former BJP MP Tarun Vijay has earned the ire of a lot of people after he made a racist comment on South Indians recently. Vijay was invited by news channel Al Jazeera for their online show The Stream to discuss about the recent attacks on Nigerian students in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida. “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,” he was heard saying in the video. His comment has angered many on social media, especially if the Twitter reactions to his statement are to go by.

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Here are some of the reactions his remark has generated on the micro-blogging site.

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Facing flak, Vijay took to Twitter to apologise for his remark, and he did so by quoting an instance of Hindu god Krishna’s. “I said we worship Krishna, which literally means black, we were the first to oppose any racism and were in fact victims of racist British. Yes, it sounds ridiculous and very bad. I meant, we worship Krishna, which literally means black. And we have never had any racism,” he tweeted.

Although Vijay has tried hard to justify his statement, his comment on the show has evidently angered people.