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US should protect immigrants from white nationalists: BJP

Sharply reacting to an article in Time magazine which offended Indian-Americans, BJP today asked the US to take adequate measures to safeguard the immigrant population from "white nationalists" making "insensitive comments" about their culture and religion.

delhi Updated: Jul 08, 2010 02:49 IST

Sharply reacting to an article in Time magazine which offended Indian-Americans, BJP on Wednesday asked the US to take adequate measures to safeguard the immigrant population from "white nationalists" making "insensitive comments" about their culture and religion.

"Immigrant Indian population is increasingly under attack from the white nationalists there. Insensitive comments attacking their culture, dress, literature and religion have periodically hurt the cultural pride of these populations," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said in reply to a question.

An article by Joel Stein, titled My Own Private India, in the Time magazine issue dated July 5 about how Edison, his town in New Jersey, USA, changed due to the presence of Indian immigrants there has outraged Indian-Americans. The magazine has since come out with an apology.

"I question just how good our schools were if 'dot heads' was the best racist insult we could come up with for a group of people whose gods have multiple arms and an elephant nose," Stein writes in his article.

He also wonders why a bunch of people "from half a world away" chose this "random town" in New Jersey to inhabit and whether they were from "some Indian state that got made fun of by all the other Indian states and didn't want to give up that feeling".

Sitharaman said the US government needs to take measures to prevent attempts to hurt sentiments of Indian-Americans.

"Communal harmony is very difficult to obtain but very easy to destroy. Cultural and religious sensitivity cannot be lost for patriotism. Governments should take adequate care to respect the sentiments of the immigrant population," she said.