A lone Indian flag protruding in a sea of pro-Trump banners within the rally main as much as the US Capitol mayhem triggered its personal narrative amid worldwide condemnation of the violence. The person who waved that flag, Vincent Xavier, says his intention was to show that America is “not racist as it’s portrayed to be” and embraces variety.
The picture of the tricolour at Capitol Hill seeded sparring between Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and BJP parliamentarian Varun Gandhi on Twitter, with scores of customers sharing and reacting to the alternate.
Vincent Xavier responded to the 2 politicians by posting flags of different international locations, which he stated had been additionally seen on the rally.
“There may be nothing to be ashamed of, we’re celebrating our variety. The world has to know that America will not be the racist nation it’s portrayed as. That the Republican occasion will not be white supremacist. In the event that they had been racist, they’d not enable me to hold the Indian flag. It was truly displaying extra respect,” he instructed NDTV.
Within the bitter back-and-forth that began with Mr Tharoor criticising the Indian tricolour being waved at what quickly grew to become one of many lowest moments in American democracy, Mr Gandhi flagged a photograph of the Congress chief with Vincent Xavier, posted on-line by customers.
Mr Xavier stated he had met with Mr Tharoor in 2015 and had interviewed him over lunch in Washington.
“I met him twice after that in Indian American, Malayali occasions. Tharoor is an excellent orator. I’m at all times jealous of his English expertise…I do not know whether or not I might contemplate him a terrific chief…I might need him to take a much bigger function and rescue the Congress occasion within the form it’s in at the moment, as an alternative of moving into such controversies,” he stated.
Mr Xavier, who describes himself as a loyalist of outgoing President Donald Trump, is a resident of Virginia and is initially from Kerala. He had been a member of the President’s Export Council. He stated he went to the rally as there’s at all times a “lot of patriotic fervour” in Trump rallies and “some miscreants” broke into the Capitol that day.
“I’m a Republican Celebration operative. I’ve gone to many Trump rallies. There may be a variety of patriotic fervor there, lot of bands, music, nationwide anthem singing…Some miscreants we consider had been planted by the opposition, BLM (Black Lives Matter) individuals who acquired in and broke into the Capitol constructing in a really troublesome train…crawling on the wall like navy individuals. They opened the door and a few others of their pleasure acquired in…You can’t model this lovely good patriotic rally as dangerous. We consider they had been probably not our individuals,” stated the 54-year-old, distancing himself from the mob that stormed the Capitol.
“It was by no means disrespecting the Indian flag,” he stated, on whether or not he had a way of remorse after the best way the occasions went down that day.
“I really like India. I’m happy with my ancestry. I carry my Indian American ancestry. I contemplate this as my solemn accountability to be a spokesperson for Indian Individuals within the Republican Celebration. I’m displaying that we’re extra inclusive, extra numerous. I’m displaying the identical fervor as Individuals from different international locations. I’m not regretting my resolution to hold the flag.”
On Trump being blocked by Fb and Twitter for his posts seen to incite the extensively condemned violence, Mr Xavier stated: “You’re giving a variety of credibility to dangerous insurance policies. After I talked about inhaling heat water with turmeric powder to handle Covid, they blocked me from Fb. No matter social media does will not be the best factor, it’s towards American values.”