Not of much surprise, such racism-filled remark had and would always exist in the filthy Indian politics. Union minister Giriraj Singh, on Wednesday, not even stammered once, before going so impudent in his comment on Sonia’s skin.

The BJP MP of Bihar with no reluctance uttered “If Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian and if she wasn’t white skin, would Congress accept her as a leader?”

On Grounds of Skin, Congress Got its President - Giriraj Singh
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The congress blasted on BJP’s so cheap remark. “It reflects the BJP mindset”, a party spokesperson said.

Many a times in the past too, Giriaj Singh had exuded heinous audacity to come up with such controversies, reflecting no guilt. The last time he exhibited his controversial personality was immediately after the BJP’s victory in 2014 elections, asking Modi’s opponents to emigrate Pakistan.

Having had a fortunate escape from massive insult, Singh did get elected in Modi’s cabinet last year as a Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

With Giriraj adjoins Goa’s CM Laxmikant Parsekar, asking protesting nurses to not strike in order to evade dark complexion and thin their marriage prospects. Such prejudice is no newness to our eyes. For, Indian politicians are used to such speech. To re-visit the controversial History, here are a few more to run your eyes on.

Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, while debating an insurance bill in Rajya Sabha said women in south India are dark and have good bodies. Mr Vishwas, National Executive of AAP was heard saying, “Earlier nurses used to come from Kerala, kali-peeli (dark skinned), one would naturally feel like calling them sister.”

When such racial discrimination originates from the so-called great leaders of our nation, how on the earth can we anticipate to eradicate racism from the country?

Uprooting racism remained, remains, and will remain as a far-fetched reality.

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