TV doctor Ranj Singh blasts British Curry Awards for ‘racist joke’

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National TV favourite doctor Ranj Singh has publicly blasted the British Curry Awards on Twitter. Dr Singh, who attended the award show for the UK’s best curry houses, urged organisers to “do better” as they fell short on representation this Monday. He criticised a “racist” joke while taking them to task on their “all-white” panel.

The TV presenter posted a lengthy critique on Twitter stating that, while he was pleased to attend the event, it fell short of expectations.

He started his post by stating he was “honoured and privileged” to attend the awards and celebrate “the best of Asian cuisine”.

But he noticed that the awards – which are rooted in Asian culture – employed an all-white judging panel and host.

He said: “When the host is white, the judging panel is entirely white, the performers on stage are over 90 percent white, are we really representing our community fairly?”

He added: “And to top it off we have a racist joke on stage, and are auctioning off a piece by Winston Churchill whose relationship with India (and Bengali people specifically) is problematic?”

Historical studies have found the wartime Prime Minister’s policies directly contributed to the Bengal famine, which killed between 2.1 to 3.8 million people.

A group of researchers combing through weather records in 2019 found that the 1943 famine was the only one not caused by a lack of soil moisture.

Vimal Mishra, lead researcher and an associate professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, said the “unique famine” was “caused by policy failure instead of any monsoon failure”.

Churchill also made racial remarks and jokes that, while likely uncontroversial in the mid-20th century, would have been regarded as racist today.

The presenter shared the “joke made on stage by a white person” in a separate post.

He said the joke was “paraphrased slightly” but went as follows: “Why has India never won the World Cup?

“Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop on it.”

He asked: “I’m sorry but how is this OK?”

He called on the awards to do better in a heartfelt plea concluding his Twitter statement.

Dr Singh said: “We are better than this. We are a magnificent people. We have done so much and still have so much to offer. Let’s do better.”

The doctor added the #representation-matters hashtag and included Just Eat, which sponsored the awards.

In a later post, he added that he couldn’t stay silent on the issue and called on people to “learn and grow”.

He said: “I am so proud of my heritage, my community and those who have come before me to allow me to do what I do.

“That’s why I cannot be silent on things that really matter.

“We are not beyond criticism (and that includes me). But we are open to learn and grow.”

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