The Congress on Tuesday reacted sharply to actor Katrina Kaif’s reported remarks describing party general secretary Rahul Gandhi as half-Indian and half-Italian.
“Who is she? I do not know. Tomorrow, you will ask for our reaction on the statement of Johny Lever. To what level you want to bring down the level of the political discourse in the country?” party spokesperson Manish Tewari said when asked for his comments on Ms. Katrina Kaif’s remarks.
In an interview to a newspaper, Ms. Kaif had reportedly said: “Am I supposed to be ashamed that I am half-Asian, I mean, no! Rahul Gandhi is half-Indian, half-Italian. So? I am very proud of what I am and I just don’t understand the confusion — as if I’m trying to hide the fact that my mother’s a British. Why would I?”
‘I am not the only one’
The report also had it that the actress, who’s constantly quizzed about having the surname Turquotte on her passport, said: “…. I am not the only half-Asian half-British person alive on this planet! My passport’s copies are with every news channel in this country — don’t ask me how they got them.” Ms. Kaif had acted in noted film director Prakash Jha’s film ‘Rajneeti’ in which her reported similarities of accent with that of Congress president Sonia Gandhi had led to controversies initially.
Mr. Tewari, however, clarified his remarks on Johny Lever saying it was everyone’s responsibility to maintain the dignity of political discourse when asked whether he considered the job of a film comedian as an insignificant one. Hindu