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The queen of talk, Oprah Winfrey has ignited an uproar in India after she made a controversial statement asking whether Indian people still ‘eat with their hands.’

The comment came as she sat down to dine with the Somani family in Mumbai during her televised trip to India for “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”

“I heard some Indian people eat with their hands still?” she is seen asking a Mumbai family she joins for dinner.

The comment drew intense criticism from Indian citizens, who blasted Oprah for her insensitivity to Indian customs and traditions.

In an open letter to Oprah that appeared on, journalist Rituparna Chatterjee  wrote: ‘As a responsible public figure about to air a show that will be beamed across the world, you should have done your homework.’

The letter goes on: ‘Using our hands to eat is a well-established tradition and a fact none of us are ashamed of. Our economic distinction has nothing to do with it.

‘A millionaire here eats the same way a pauper does. You have been to Asian nations. You should know that.’

You would think as well traveled as Oprah is, she would’ve known better.


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