Sushma Swaraj rejects African envoys’ charge of ‘inadequate action’, says wrong to call all attacks on Africans racist

Aadil Ikram Zaki Iqbal
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday made statement in Parliament on recent attacks on African national in the country and said all such attacks can't be termed 'racial'.

New Delhi, Apr 5: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday made statement in Parliament on recent attacks on African national in the country and said all such attacks can’t be termed ‘racial’. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj also took strong objection on African Heads of Mission’s remark that India’s response was inadequate on the attacks on Africans. Sushma Swaraj reiterated that all attacks on Africans in India or on Indians in United States cannot be called xenophobic and racial in nature.

“It’s not right to connect with racism before probe ends. I said this in context of attacks in US too,” said Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha. Calling the statement of Africans envoys unfortunate, painful and surprising, Sushma Swaraj said, “You can’t say our steps are inadequate. We are committed to ensuring security of all foreigners in India.” In their statement, the African Heads of Mission said they reviewed previous such incidents of attacks on African nationals “and concluded that no known, sufficient and visible deterring measures were taken by the Government of India”.

Sushma Swaraj’s response came days after the attack on four Nigerian students in Greater Noida, some 40 km from the Indian capital, following protests over the death of a Class 12 student of a residential colony there due to drug overdose. Some people who were holding a candle-light vigil for the student attacked the Nigerians suspecting them of drug-running.