Shashi Tharoor's reply to Arnab Goswami: I'm a proud Malayali

Arnab Goswami, Shashi Tharoor

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor jumped on the bandwagon to condemn Republic TV's editor Arnab Goswami's controversial remarks on a TV debate about the ongoing row over the reported UAE help to flood-hit Kerala.

Goswami was lambasted on social media after a 30 second video clip of him purportedly calling "a group" the "most shameless bunch of Indians I have ever seen" went viral on social media.

Though Goswami was railing (rightly or wrongly) against the "netas" or the people who were trying to take advantage of Kerala, his remarks sparked off a storm on social platforms with netizens accusing him of disgracing Keralites.

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"Given the disgraceful attacks on Malayalis in general by some petty minds, it’s time for us to stand up for ourselves. Let’s evoke the reasons why we are #ProudToBeMalayali," Tharoor said in a series of tweets on Sunday.

"The amazing response of solidarity and commitment to people in distress which we have seen in the face of colossal calamity makes me #ProudToBeMalayali," he said.

"Our history of welcoming the distressed fleeing war-torn lands, our openness to new ideas & new faiths like Christianity and Islam, our history of religious harmony makes me #ProudToBeMalayali," he said and added that "Our courageous social reform movements against caste oppression, led by heroes like Sree Narayana Guru, Mahatma Ayyankali, Chattampi Swami and others, makes me #ProudToBeMalayali."

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