Taking a jibe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Tarun Vijay's racist remark, Congress leader P. Chidambaram on 8 Arpil, 2017 criticised the former Rajya Sabha MP, asked was he referring to the saffron party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) members when he made that statement.
"When Tarun Vijay said 'we live with blacks', I ask him who is 'we'? Was he referring to BJP/RSS members as the only Indians?" Chidambaram tweeted.
Vijay has come under the scanner for a rather unfortunate comment that he intended to make while defending India's policy of anti-racism.
In an interview 7 April, 2017, Vijay, when asked about why India was being called racist by practically everybody around, asserted that had India been racist then it wouldn't have had a place for the South Indians.
"I don't know who you are, whether you're an Indian or you belong to some other nation. But you know the entire South India. There is Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra. There are black people all around. So if we were racists, why would we be living with these black people? You are denying us of our ancestory. You are denying us of our history. This is not good. We can be as good or as bad as any other human community," Vijay told the news presenter.
Vijay's comments have invited a univocal wrath especially in the wake of reports of 'racial' attacks in various parts of the country.