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Kiwi TV host yet to apologise to Delhi CM

Oct 07, 2010 01:04 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: New Zealand has apologised to India’s External Affairs ministry over comments made by Television New Zealand presenter Paul Henry about the chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit. However, the anchor Paul Henry appears to be unfazed by India’s outrage and his own government's apology. The man himself has still not apologised to Sheila Dikshit as yet. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had taken strong objection to a New Zealand TV host's racial slur against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Following the offensive incident, the MEA had summoned the New Zealand envoy. Outraged over racial remarks against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on New Zealand's prime news channel, India on Thursday, summoned its High Commissioner Rupert Holborow and issued a "strong" demarche demanding "demonstrative action"' against the TV anchor. On his part, Holborow conveyed deep regret for the hurt caused by the comments of the media commentator which he characterised as "culturally insensitive, inappropriate and vulgar and certainly not the views of the Government of New Zealand", according to a foreign office statement here. A New Zealand television channel has come in for fresh criticism over its handling of breakfast show host Paul Henry's Indian slurs after it continued prominently to feature a clip on its website in which he ridicules the name of Commonwealth Games troubleshooter Sheila Dikshit. TVNZ has received at least four complaints about the clip, in which Henry deliberately mispronounces 'Dikshit', despite being told it is pronounced 'Dixit'. Reacting to New Zealand racial slur, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said “This kind of remark is highly unacceptable.” Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key commenting on Paul Henry’s racial remarks against New Zealand Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand said, “Anand is a very fine New Zealander. I am not responsible for what Paul Henry says but TVNZ has to decide on what they have to do or the broadcast authority. I don’t want to characterize someone because Paul Henry says it. I can’t be held responsible for what comes out of Paul Henry’s mouth.” Henry asked Prime Minister John Key if Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand was "even a New Zealander" and whether the next governor-general would "look and sound like a New Zealander.” Paul Henry has been suspended for two weeks for the racial comments against the Governor General of New Zealand and will be back on air on October 18. Although the New Zealand envoy has issued an apology regretting the racial slur, India is still boycotting the official lunch today for the Governor-General as a mark of protest. This is not the first time Paul had courted controversy. Sometime earlier he had said New Zealand's Indian origin Governor General Anand Satyanand didn't look like a true New Zealander. Henry was suspended for that comment by his channel TV New Zealand. Later he had taken back that comment that drew him a lot of flak. (With inputs from PTI)

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