Kerala Minister tosses racial slur at World Bank official

Kerala Minister tosses racial slur at World Bank official

It has been learnt that World Bank officials have taken serious concerns over the Kerala Public Work Minister G Sudhakaran‘s racial slur on World Bank’s senior infrastructure specialist Dr Bernard Aritua, who is associated with a road development project by the World Bank in Kerala, according to the reports.

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The World Bank on a serious not of Thursday has demanded an apology from Sudhakaran for his behaviour. Reportedly, after reviewing the progress of World Bank-aided Kerala State Transport Project, Sudhakaran said “World Bank means America, Kerala has existed even before America was born. Don’t threaten us to withdraw the bank load. KSTP is the most corrupt projects in Kerala. World Bank is responsible for this delay. Their leader is African-American. That means he belongs to the race of Obama and he is ‘Negro’. They were bonded labourers centuries ago and they were freed when the slavery ended”.

Dr Bernard Artua who faced the slur from CPI(M) minister, is the leader of World Bank team who is involved in the KSTP project in Kerala. Dr Bernard holds the position of senior infrastructure specialist at the World Bank.

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After the controversy, the minister said “I would write a letter to the official, tendering my apology for my remark on the leader. Otherwise, I will personally express my regret when World Bank team visits next time in the state”.


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