USINPAC Demands Apology from Jay Leno for Remarks about the Golden Temple in India

Respecting religious sentiments is not political correctness but human correctness


January 24, Washington D.C.: The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) condemns the remarks by U.S. TV host Jay Leno about the holy Golden Temple. In his latest episode, “The Tonight Show”, Mr. Leno had made a joke on the holiest shrine for Sikhs, by saying that it was a summer home for wealthy presidential candidate Mitt Romney.


Expressing regret at the comments, USINPAC Chairman Mr. Sanjay Puri said, “Humor is a very important aspect of our society, but sensitivity to all religions is part of our national fabric. Standing up for religious sentiments of a community is not political correctness but human correctness. Golden Temple is the holiest shrine for Sikhs and jokes about it are very offensive to the Sikh community.”


It may be noted that earlier Kentucky gubernatorial candidate David Williams had also made similar comments about Governor Steve Beshear’s participation in a Hindu groundbreaking ceremony.


About USINPAC: The U.S India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is a bi-partisan non-profit organization and the voice of 2.7 million Indian-Americans. It works to impact policy on issues of concern to the Indian-American community in the US. We also provide bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community. For more information visit us at


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