India just cannot get over its Gandhigiri hangover. The India Tourism office in London has invited Jade Goody and her friends who have been tormenting Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty in a British reality TV show to visit India and experience the country’s "healing nature".
In an open letter addressed to Goody and her friends through advertisements in leading London dailies, including The Times and The Guardian, the India Tourism said, "Once your current commitments are over, may we invite you to experience the healing nature of India. We have a modern thriving culture and offer an amazing wealth of sights and sounds, tastes and textures making our country a place like no other."
It didn’t matter that Goody and her friends are cocooned on the show with no access to newspapers and so, did not get to see its ad.
But that shouldn’t matter. After all that sniffles and abuses, there were hugs and kisses as the contestants apologised to Shilpa for the alleged racist attacks and Shilpa said she had forgiven them.
Goody and former Miss Great Britain Danielle Lloyd apologised to Shilpa last night as their careers appeared to be crumbling as a result of their alleged racism.
Goody told Shilpa, "I know that what has happened has not been nice for you...I don't say it in a racial way...I do not judge people by the colour of their skin."
Shilpa replied, "I know that. I don't think you're racist. I really appreciate that you took the first step."