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India protests over Leno's Golden Temple gag

world Updated: Jan 25, 2012 01:29 IST

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India's embassy in Washington has contacted US assistant secretary of state Robert Blake to protest a gag by late night TV host Jay Leno involving Sikhism's holiest shrine, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Indian government "contacted us" and Blake responded along the lines of an earlier State Department position, which affirmed US constitutional rights to free speech.

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