Rashtriya Lok Dal chief and former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh’s son Ajit Singh made a racist jibe against the Nepalese community today.
“If we need a chowkidar, we will get it from Nepal, we need a PM,” he said adding that if PM Modi would have had his way, he would have claimed having killed Ravan after returning from Sri Lanka.
Last month, AAP MLA Alka Lamba had also made such racist slur by saying that, “Kripya iss baar Pradhan Mantri chuniyega, Chowkidar to Nepal se bhi mangwa sakte hai.” However, after drawing flak for her racist comment, she has now deleted her tweet.
Similar comments were also tweeted by Congress leader and a minister in Punjab government, Navjot Singh Sidhu where he said the exact same thing as Lamba.
Being critical of politicians is absolutely fair and healthy in a democracy. However, this outright racism by Opposition leaders to take a dig at the ‘chowkidar’ campaign by PM Modi is insensitive and tone-deaf. Implying that people of Nepal can be only good security guard is among the worst examples of racism.
Racism can be eliminated when legislators and politicians display no-tolerant policy towards it. However, when politicians themselves indulge in such behaviour, it normalises racism and it only gains ground. It is unbecoming of a politician to resort to racism in order to take on his ideological adversary.