NEW DELHI: India has condemned the comment of US comedian Jay Leno on the Golden Temple of Amritsar and termed it “quite unfortunate”.
Leno, the host of the popular “The Tonight Show” on NBC channel, flashed a picture of the Golden Temple, the holiest Sikh shrine in Amritsar, on his programme and termed it ‘a possible summer home of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney who has faced taxation questions over his huge wealth’.
“It is quite unfortunate and quite objectionable that such a comment has been made after showing the Golden Temple,” Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, who is in Washington on an official visit, said.
“I believe that the person who has shown is not that ignorant. The American Government should also look at this kind of thing,” Ravi said. Ravi also said that the Indian Embassy would take up the matter and has directed Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao to take up the issue with the State Department. “Freedom does not mean hurting the sentiments of others...,” he added.
Meanwhile, the US Sikh community has launched an online petition. The online petition says Leno has been guilty of derogatory comments on Sikhs before. “Jay Leno’s racist comments need to be stopped right here”.