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Friday, August 26, 2011

Racist remarks row: US envoy decides to leave Chennai posting!

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Express News Service, The New Indian Express / Posted on Aug 26, 2011 at 01:08pm IST.

Chennai: US Vice Consul Maureen Chao, who was caught in a row for her remarks of "dirty and dark" Tamilians, has decided to leave her posting in Chennai. "Ms Chao decided herself to leave her posting in Chennai in the near future", a US Consulate spokesperson said in Chennai on Friday without elaborating.

In a speech at the SRM University here on August 12, Chao had recalled her train journey some 20 years ago in India and said, "I was on a 24-hour train trip from Delhi to Orissa. But, after 72 hours, the train still did not reach the destination.. and my skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians."

Her controversial remarks had created uproar with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa demanding an apology from the diplomat, saying it smacked of racism and an affront to all Tamils.

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