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Goa Govt refer to Africans as ‘Nigros’ in official documentation

First two Goa lawmakers called Nigerians “cancer” and “wild animals”, now the state home ministry has referred to an African as “Negro”, spelt wrongly as “Nigro”, in an annexure submitted to the assembly.

The annexure was submitted along with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s written reply tabled during the monsoon session of the assembly Wednesday.

It referred to an African national arrested in the beach village of Calangute May 8 as an “unknown African Nigro”. “Negro” is considered a racially offensive word once used to refer to African Americans and Africans.

The Congress lambasted the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government for the use of the word in official documentation, saying such unfortunate references create a bad image about Goa among the international tourist community.

In November 2013, while responding to a road blockade by Nigerians protesting the murder of a fellow national, Goa’s Art and Culture Minister Dayanand Mandrekar called Nigerians a “cancer”, before apologising for his utterances.

Subhash Phaldesai, a BJP legislator from Sanguem, described Nigerians as “wild animals” pumped with drugs shortly after the row.

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