Mahesh Sharma, the increasingly controversial culture minister who has been speaking about "cultural pollution" and the need to root out western influence from Indian culture and thought, has now plainly exposed his bigotry.
In an interview with India Today news channel, Sharma made an astonishing statement, insulting the late former president APJ Abdul Kalam and Indian muslims at one fell swoop. He said Kalam was a great nationalist and humanist "despite being a Muslim", perpetuating the insidious far right wing worldview that the loyalty of Indian Muslims lie elsewhere. Sharma made this shocking statement at the end of an interview in which he touched upon a lot of his favourite themes.
Dr Sharma is yet to apologize.
Watch the interview.