New Delhi: Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday said even a jocular remark can be misinterpreted these days, and added that one should refrain from making such statements
Tewari, who was reacting to Sharad Yadav`s `dark-skinned south Indian women` comment during a debate in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, said the Janata Dal (United) chief is a very senior parliamentarian and he has long-standing experience in parliamentary polemics.
"But given the times of political correctness that we live in, even a jocular remark can be misinterpreted these days. So, we should refrain from making such statements," he added.
The JD(U) chief had made a sexist comment on south Indian women in the Rajya Sabha.
The senior politician from Bihar talked about the Indian obsession with fair skin during a debate on the Insurance Bill.
"Your god is dark like Ravi Shankar Prasad (present in the House), but your matrimonial ads insist on white-skinned brides," he said as the male members burst into laughter.
"The women of the south are dark but they are as beautiful as their bodies...We don`t see it here. They know dance," he added while discussing the complexion of south Indian women.
The JD(U) chief`s remark, however, did not go well with the women lawmakers, with DMK MP Kanimozhi strongly objecting to it.