Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb has always attracted controversies by making statements like Internet existed since Mahabharata era and remarks on Diana Hayden winning the beauty pageant title in the year 1997. But Diana has retaliated and said she is hurt by his comments.
“I am fighting this brown skin bias since my childhood. And I have succeeded. People should be proud of my achievement, rather than belittling it. I am a proud brown-skinned Indian. I am hurt. The minister is in a prominent position and he should be careful about what he says,” Hayden told News18.
On Thursday the Deb made headlines when he said he failed to understand the “process of judgement” of the crowning of the Miss World contest in 1997, in which Diana Hayden had got the award. “We see women as goddess Laxmi, Saraswati. Aishwarya Rai represents the Indian women. She became the Miss World and that’s all right. But I do not understand the beauty of Diana Hayden,” Deb, who became the chief minister last month, said.
He also said that Hayden won the title because of “international fashion mafias”. Deb made the comments when he was in Agartala, capital of India’s northeast state Tripura, attending a workshop on handlooms.