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'Indian' remark stirs up a storm.

THE Duke of Edinburgh was criticised today after he remarked that a fuse box in a hi-tech electronics company looked ''as if it was put in by an Indian''.

His comments were condemned by a leading race campaigner as ''absolutely abysmal''.

Kumar Murshid, chairman of the National Assembly Against Racism, said: ''This sort of thing is of great concern to us because people look up to the Royal Family and expect them to set an example."

The Duke's comment came as he toured the Racal-MESL factory near Edinburgh before unveiling an award for its ground-breaking rail safety system technology.

As he walked around the building he looked up at the fuse box, which appeared somewhat less sophisticated than other devices in the factory, with electric cables stretching into the ceiling above.

Terry Nisbet, managing director of the company, noticed the Duke's interest and joked: ''That's the national grid.'' The Duke replied: ''It looks as though it was put in by an Indian.''
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