Indian beauty should ideally look like Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati.
"Indians did not use shampoo, they washed their hair with methi water and bathed with mud", he said. Those who give the certificates are all worldwide textile market mafia. "Today, there is a beauty parlour in every corner of the country".
He also said that Hayden won the title because of "international fashion mafias".
"International companies made prior plans to take over our Indian traditional products and consequently, we got Miss World from India five times. Diana Hayden does not fit that class of beauty", he said.
It's amusing that we even have beauty standards for goddesses now, don't you think?
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"We are Indians and predominantly our skin colour is brown and we should be really proud of it and learn to appreciate it like it's appreciated around the world", she added. Deb had said that he failed to understand the "process of judgement" of the crowning of the Miss World contest in 1997, in which Hayden won the award.
Deb had earlier claimed that internet existed during the Mahabharata era, later he passed comments on Miss World 1997 Diana Hayden and accused her of not being Indian enough to deserve the coveted title. Being brown skinned, I've had to fight (society's attitude and while growing up my own lack of self confidence because of my darker skin color) the "light skin is better" issue we have in India.
Speaking at an event in the state capital, Agartala, on Civil Service Day, he said, "Earlier, people from the arts stream used to become civil servants". Just a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned his party cadres to not make out-of-turn comments, Deb generated controversy with his comments on Diana Hayden's Miss World title. I am hurt. The minister is in a prominent position and he should be careful about what he says'.
Mr Deb mocked everyone from "the global fashion designing in Paris", "international textile" and the cosmetic industry. "It is this country where communication was possible because we then had technology, Internet was there; so was the satellite communication system. I am not criticising her but I didn't find traits of Indian beauty in her", he said.