GUWAHATI: An introduction for a contestant from Assam on a dance show on TV with the words "momo", "chowmein" and "gibberish Chinese" has triggered a massive backlash, including from the Assam's Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
An undated clip from the reality show Dance Deeewane Season 3 has gone viral on social media that shows Mr Juyal introducing a young contestant with the contentious monologue.
The clip drew hundreds of reactions on Twitter, with many slamming the content and the presenter. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also condemned the skit.
"It has come to my notice that a popular reality show host has used racist rhetoric against a young participant from Guwahati. This is shameful and totally unacceptable. Racism has no place in our country and we should all condem it unequivocally," wrote the Assam Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, issuing a clarification on Instagram, Raghav Juyal said the "momo", "chowmein" and other gibberish words were a reference to the contestant's self-professed talent of conversing in Chinese.
"It's unfair and not good for my mental health to see this short clip without the right context. When this contestant came to the show, she announced that she had a talent of speaking Chinese. My performance was based on that," Raghav Juyal said.